Wear Debris Analysis: The Power of Knowing More using Automated SEM/EDX
Automated scanning electron microscope (SEM)/energy dispersive X-ray (EDX) technology has come a long way in recent years. With the advent of integrated analyzers and robust packaging, this technology can now be utilized more routinely in labs or onsite. This paper details how data analysis packages are becoming more turn-key and easier to use and how the tools are getting even faster with sample analysis times in minutes for a complete oil analysis. While the initial investment in these types of tools can appear high, when compared to the knowledge that they create and the cost savings in predictive maintenance, the return on investment can be rather quick.