【摘要】The NITON(Trademark) 800 series analyzer is a hand-held, battery operated unit that measures 8-in x 3-in x 2-in and weighs 2.5 pounds. The analyzer uses x-ray fluorescence spectrum analysis to identify and quantify elements in metal and then compares the readings to a built-in library to determine a metal's alloy. The library contains 300 elements and alloys, and can be customized to identify other elements and alloys (depending on the sources in the instrument). The basic unit utilizes a Cadmium-109 source, but each analyzer unit can hold up to two sources. These sources include Iron-55 and Americium-241. Pushing a safety button located on the side of the unit and placing it against a surface opens the shutter window. Within seconds the unit beeps, and displays the results. The analyzer stores up to 1,000 data sets, including sample identification codes using a barcode reader. The data is easily downloaded to a conventional computer when sampling has been completed. Batteries are good for 8-hrs and charge in less than 2 hours and it can be carried, shipped, or transported without exterior labeling, conforming to 49 CFR 143.421.