REFLEX Analytical introduces a new technologically advanced 40 ton fully automatic hydraulic press for XRF laboratories.
The APEX 400 Automatic XRF Hydraulic Press is dedicated to the high volume production of XRF pellets. It is a compact benchtop press designed for repetitive use in high-throughput testing environments and can produce sample pellets in steel rings (as many as 40 per hour), aluminum cups or as unsupported pellets (as many as 20 per hour). Click on the image above for an enlarged preview.
Operating parameters are easily programmed with touch screen entry and digital display. The electronics provide for programming pressure (4 - 40 tons), dwell time (10- 3600 seconds), decompression rate (fast, medium or slow) and review of operational diagnostics. Operator input permits storing up to 10 programs with a maximum of 10 segments per program. A security feature prevents unauthorized access. The APEX 400 press operates automatically with single button control.
It is the first press to support ring dies for 51.5mm o.d x 35mm i.d., 40mm o.d. x 35mm i.d. and 40mm o.d. x 32mm i.d. sizes; as well as standard APEX 400 dies with 32mm and 40mm diameters. When pressing pellets without steel supporting rings, the smart technology permits the pressing platen to switch automatically between pressing and extraction modes. Sample loading is simple with access to the die via a pull-out drawer which is positioned at a comfortable height for repeated sample filling. The external position of the die when filling prevents build-up of stray powder inside the machine.CLICK HERE
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As mentioned, the APEX 400 press can produce approximately 40 pellets per hour with single stage pressing in ring dies and 20 pellets per hour using standard dies with integrated Quickshift technology. Note that the actual rates achieved will depend on sample types, the pressing sequence, and availability of sufficient sample to work continuously for one hour.
When using a ring die, the pellet is formed within a reusable supporting steel ring. The steel ring sits loosely in the pellet die such that it can be removed by hand after a single compression stroke. Each sample is prepared in its own steel ring so a supply of several such rings is needed to produce a full batch of samples. After the samples have been tested, the samples can be removed and the rings cleaned and returned for reuse. Using ring dies is generally the faster process because a single pressing stage is required.
When using a 32mm or 40mm standard die, the pellet is formed within the body of the pellet die itself. The pellet can be extracted by a second compression stroke which is applied to the die body only. This allows the plunger to drive the pellet clean through the bore of the die body. A recessed area must be provided around the top of the bore for the pellet to exit into and is achieved using the Quickshift technology which automatically moves the pressure plate between load and release positions to remove the pellet from the pellet die without manual intervention.
Contributing to convenient benchtop installation is its compactness which consumes less than two square feet. Press dimensions are 22.50"H x 18.20"W x 13.60"D. Weighs 265 lbs.
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