Alloy Analyzer Donated by Bruker to SIGN Will Be Used to Test Medical Implants

Top Quote Surgical Implant Generation Network (SIGN), a non-profit organization based in Washington State, has received pro bono services from Bruker Elemental, a portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) manufacturer, in the past. End Quote
  • Fayetteville-Springdale-Rogers, AR-MO (1888PressRelease) July 07, 2011 - However, impressed with SIGN's worldwide humanitarian efforts and substantial growth, Bruker Elemental donated an S1 SORTER handheld XRF alloy analyzer. In a statement, Managing Director of Bruker Elemental's Handheld division John Landefeld said that SIGN's "growth had driven the need for an on-site instrument" and that "we are happy to provide this to SIGN." Portable XRF devices detect the element in stainless steels by analyzing the material's chemical composition. Because of their expansion, SIGN orders a variety of stainless steels, and each medical-grade alloy is specific to the desired end usage. This donated device will aid SIGN to ensure that their surgical implants contain the proper element.

    SIGN is an orthopedic humanitarian organization, and its mission is to ensure that the world's poor and impoverished population receives state-of-the-art surgical implant treatment. Traveling on-site to developing countries, SIGN workers are affiliated with approximately 4,000 local surgeons in underprivileged nations. Together, the team performs surgeries on trauma and fracture accident victims, using SIGN's engineer developed and manufactured unique implant system. SIGN furthers its support to developing countries by educating local surgeons on modern medicine.

    Bruker Elemental's portable XRF devices are nondestructive and fast-acting. Such handheld XRF alloy-specific devices are used in the medical implant manufacturing industry to manage quality control. For instance, to determine if the intended medical-grade alloy was used during the manufacturing process, handheld XRF analyzers can detect the Grade ID (I.e. 316 SS, 400 series SS, 17-4 SS, etc) in a given implant. Likewise, during incoming material testing, the portable XRF devices ensure that the ordered element was used in manufacturing. XRF technology allows redundancy, which provides additional assurance that the end product, like surgical implants, contains the appropriate alloy and meets QA requirements.

    SIGN realized that their donated S1 SORTER handheld XRF alloy analyzer was diverse, providing quality assurance and quickly detecting any material supply errors. SIGN regularly conducts material certification. Through a portable XRF device, SIGN can locate errors in approximately ten (10) seconds. The device provides SIGN with both a material's Grade ID (the present element, like 400 series SS) and its chemical composition. If the XRF handheld detects any errors, SIGN can remedy the situation. XRF handheld analyzers provide assurance that the intended material is used in medical implant manufacturing.

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