Rigaku NEX QC EDXRF Application Note: Penta Wood Treatment
Product News Jun 26, 2012
Applied Rigaku Technologies, Inc. has announced an efficient reliable new method for the analysis of pentachlorophenol (Penta) in treated wood and wood treatment solutions.
The new method is detailed in Application Note #1203 and demonstrates the use of the Rigaku NEX QC benchtop EDXRF analyzer in the measurement of Penta in treated lumber.
Wood treatments are used to protect lumber from fungi, insects, UV damage, water damage and general wear.
Pentachlorophenol (called Penta or PCP) is typically used for heavier more industrial applications like treating telephone poles or materials for bridges.
When treating wood, penta levels are monitored in solution prior to application, as well as in the wood to ensure proper retention.
The proper balance of treatment solution must be monitored to ensure the highest quality while minimizing waste and excess cost due to treatment usage or product rejection.
Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry (EDXRF) is an efficient, reliable means of analysis throughout the quality control process.
The Rigaku NEX QC analyzer is shown to be an excellent tool during the QC process in producing treated lumber, giving the production process an affordable means of optimizing quality and ensuring product retention, while minimizing costs and reducing waste.