Conducting Positive Material Identification is an important task for insuring railroad operator safety and long-term health of a rail line. Testing rail lines with a mobile spectrometer requires a unique probe and a skilled operator.
Rail line operators and manufacturers must identify the elements that are unique identifiers for the rail products. Most rails are differentiated with Carbon (C), Silicon (Si), Manganese (Mn), Phosphorous (P) and Sulfur (S). Handheld XRF units can only see Si, Mn, P and S while an optical emissions spectrometer with a spark probe can only see C, Si and Mn; To attain a holistic picture an operator needs a UV probe attached to a mobile optical emissions spectrometer because this probe can see C, Mn, P, S and Si.
The UV probe and the UVTouch probe in the hands of a capable operator are able to meet the needs of the rail line industry. Whether confirming an alloy grade or sorting grades the operators at Verichek Technical Services, Inc. can meet your rail line metal analysis needs. For more information conducting rail line analysis contact Verichek Technical Services, Inc.