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ZSX Primus IV and Supermini200 training (EMEA)

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Course name: ZSX Primus IV and Supermini200 training 
Duration: 3-days
Sessions: April 23-25, 2024
September 10-12, 2024
December 3-5, 2024
Course times: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (CET)
Location: RESE XRF Application Lab
Neu-Isenburg, Germany

General Scope

The trainings focus on the practical use of Rigaku spectrometers and software. The sessions will mainly take place at the instrument and well selected examples and exercises will be used to make you familiar with basic principles and functionality.

The courses give an overview of the ZSX Guidance software, cover on the one hand the standardless SQX-Analysis and approaches to refining SQX results. On the other hand, strategies are explained how to develop quantitative analysis methods (calibrations) considering the respective analytical situation (line overlaps, matrix & preparation effects etc.).

Depending on the participants’ analytical requirements, special topics will be explained during the course on request (e.g. spot analysis & mapping, thin film, filters etc.)

Topics like PHA adjustment, drift correction, monitoring the instrument and performing control measurements will be discussed. Utilities and additional software functions (chemical compounds, data backup…) are shown as well.

Who should attend

Chemists, Operators, Engineers, Research Scientists and University Students in University and Operators of the XRF spectrometers supplied by Rigaku.

How to join

Registration is required. The number of places is limited.

An email with the details will be sent to registered attendees prior to the training course.

Persons attending the training are advised to have a personal computer with ZSX Guidance software installed and the software dongle/network license that is required to run the software.

Course Agenda - Lunch (1 hour) is at 12 noon
Day 1
9:00 – 12:00 1. Welcome and Introduction
2. XRF Theory of X-ray Physics
3. The X-ray Spectrometer configuration
4. Overview ZSX Guidance software
13:00 – 16:00

5. Sample preparation

  • Rigaku special solutions on all sample prep accessories
  • Pressed powder
  • Fusion
  • Loose powders
  • Liquids
  • Ultra Carry Micro Carry
Day 2
9:00 – 12:00 1. Introduction to Standardless SQX analysis
  • Qualitative SQX analysis
  • Fixed angle mode
  • Matching library
  • SQX Scatter FP
  • Library sensitivities
13:00 – 16:00 2. Quantitative analysis

Setting up an Empirical Calibration Part 1

  • Standards available only one type to be chosen
    • CRM STD wide oxide range Fused Bead
    • Clay Pressed powder
    • JIS Steel
  • Optimization of measuring conditions
  • Background fitting

Setting up an Empirical Calibration Part 2

  • Calibration coefficient regression graphs
  • Overlap corrections /Theoretical alpha corrections
  • Drift corrections
  • Calibration Check sample, Stability check and daily check sample

Please feel free to send your own standards

Day 3
9:00 – 12:00
  1. Setting up an Empirical Calibration Part 3
  2. Verification and Validation of the method
  3. Setting up process parameters in the calibration
  4. Micro Mapping
13:00 – 16:00
  1. Data Evaluation
  2. Maintenance of the Instrument
  3. Maintenance of calibration
  4. Evaluation of the training
  5. Conclusion and closing

Note: During training course, the latest version of software for instrument control and analysis software that is available on the market is used. Therefore, details of the operation might be different from your environment. Our trainers are available to discuss the operations on your version of the software.

Please, note, our application scientists are available for discussions or demonstrations of other Rigaku products, e.g. SMX XRD systems or XRF spectrometers, therefore please let us know in advance to schedule these appointments in case of interest.

Platform for online training is Zoom