XRalizer Software Update

Throughout 2019, the Bowman Software Lab has released important enhancements to its XRalizer software, fulfilling what customers have told us are their top priorities. Those 10 most important enhancements include:

  1. “Multi-method” Auto-Focus. Bowman competitors support just one auto-focus method; XRalizer 3.0 offers alternatives; the operator just hits “measure” and the system does the rest, ensuring the sample is optimally focused before measurement.
  2. Element Al (see image, right) locates element peaks within the sample, identifies unknown samples, and flags contaminants.
  3. Material ID sorts unknown samples using our library of known standards. Operators get quantitative analysis with one click. Samples are classified by material grade, eliminating the need for hand-held XRF.
  4. Sample IQ warns if you’re measuring a sample with the wrong analysis file.
  5. X-ray calibration routine
  6. Energy cal reminder.
  7. Recert reminder helps you maintain ISO accreditation.
  8. Auto focus HRS allows the software to automatically focus on highly reflective surfaces where laser or image sharpness methods are unworkable. This feature is now available on O-Series instruments and will be available on other Bowman instruments soon!
  9. Sample Holder integrates control of any vacuum, electrostatic or any other electron or pneumatic holder with the Bowman XRF, using existing front panel controls and indicators.
  10. Workflow Improvement options have been added to streamline the operator workflow when measuring parts. Options can be disabled to remove controls from the User Interface, and the operator can be required to perform specific tasks before measuring samples.

XRalizer helps quality techs work smarter and save time!
As always, software upgrades are free for Bowman XRF customers.

Quantum at International Jewelry Show

Bowman partner company, Quantum Equipment Co. Pvt. Ltd., exhibited at IIJS, the India International Jewelry Show on August 9-12 in Bombay. Mr. DM Musale and Ms. Vaishali DakeMusale and their team demo’d the B and G Series XRFs.

Bowman Sponsors Chicago Finishers

Bowman sponsored the annual CSFF (Chicago Surface Finishing Foundation) Golf Scramble at Pheasant Run Golf Club in St. Charles on August 23. The day before, participants enjoyed a day of exceptional speakers: Steve Hughes, Nancy Belda, Sue Ciullo, Neil Idhe, as well as Products Finishing Editor, Tim Pennington, who spoke on the best operational and management trends among top finishing shops in North America.

The National Institute of Applied Sciences of Lyon (INSA Lyon) purchased Bowman’s P Series for training students on plating quality control. Students will manufacture prototypes and do plating thickness measurement.

22 Bowman employees competed in the annual CCBA (Chicagoland Circuit Board Association) Golf Outing at the Klein Creek Golf Club in Winfield, Illinois. Bowman sponsored the event, which was held this year on September 13.

“G” Series in SUR/FIN’s Spotlight

May, 2019 – Get up-close with the year’s most notable XRF system at SUR/FIN, June 3-5! Bowman’s G Series measures the widest range of sample sizes, shapes – and up to 5 layers simultaneously, all of which can be alloys. Ideal for automotive applications such as ZnFe/Fe and ZnNi/Fe; plumbing applications including Cr/Ni/Cu/ABS; tooling applications including TiCN/WCo, and TiAlN/WC. The proximity of the X-ray tube to the detector produces more than 3X the photon counts of conventional XRFs in a shorter time.

More at booth 334, or on our G Series product page.


Bowman XRF systems are exhibited worldwide.

Specialists Add Clout to Bowman Partner Network

May, 2019 – Two experts in PCB fabrication, each the owner of a company that represents top manufacturers of PCB chemistry, tools and equipment, are the latest additions to the Bowman Partner Network, a global alliance of distributors and rep firms.

Richard Hegg and his company, ROH Sales, is based in Lake Bluff, Illinois, and will manage sales and service for Bowman XRF systems in Illinois and Wisconsin. “The Bowman line is clearly the right product at the right time, thanks in part to IPC specification 4552-A,” says Hegg. “ENIG, and what’s required to do it efficiently, is always part of the conversation,” he adds, “and there is strong interest in ENEPIG as well with IPC 4556.

“Bowman is strong among board shops, because it truly listens to customers,” he adds, “and it’s building its brand fast among OEMs. People also recognize they have a great service organization, which is a huge advantage.”

Scott Griggs, and his company, International Process Technologies, have become the Bowman Partner company for Minnesota. Based in Minneapolis, “IPT” focuses on both the PCB and metal finishing industries. In regard to the former, “4552 and the ENEPIG specs have tightened,” says Griggs, “and made accuracy more important than ever. This bodes well for Bowman equipment, because it tells you immediately if you’re meeting those specs.

“As a chemical vendor, I’m always asking how the plating bath is working. I’ve also seen the chaos that ensues when foreign-made XRF equipment goes down and the customer is unable to get support – or even a return phone call – for weeks.”

Eastern Inspection Solutions
Bolsters Bowman Dominance
In Critical Northeast Region

March, 2019 – Bowman has significantly bolstered its sales and service capacity in the New England states with the addition of Eastern Inspection Solutions to its Global Partner Network.

Headquartered in Framingham, MA, Eastern Inspection specializes in the sale and service of hand-held XRF analyzers and, according to owner Mike McCarthy, “had wanted a strong line extension into the benchtop XRF arena.

“We sought an introduction to Bowman because of its advanced detector technology,” adds McCarthy, “and because their reputation is they’re very customer-centric. That’s very much in line with our philosophy as well.”


Photo Chemical Systems
Joins Bowman Network

March, 2019 – Bowman has announced the addition of Photo Chemical Systems to its global network of sales and service partners.

Headquartered in Knightdale, NC, with 5 offices serving 13 mid-Atlantic and southeastern states, Photo Chemical Systems specializes in capital equipment and process chemistry for the printed circuit industry.

According to Bowman President, Tom Leone, “PCS has an excellent reputation among board shops, and within the military sector; this makes them an excellent fit for Bowman. Our 5-year plan is to take the lead as America’s #1 manufacturer of precision XRF benchtop analyzers; I’m confident PCS will help us achieve that.”

Photo Chemical President Preston Averette adds, “The Bowman XRF line was recommended to us by our largest customer as the most direct – and most cost-effective route to compliance with IPC standards: both the ones that are official now, and the ones that are likely to follow. We were also impressed that Bowman units are highly suitable for solution testing – an important consideration.”

Unique Measurement Geometry and Entry-Level Price Distinguish Newest XRF System

January, 2019 – Bowman has re-introduced an important instrument in their suite of 7 benchtop XRF plating measurement systems.

Bowman’s G Series XRF is a robust system that’s ideally suited for jewelry and other precious metal analysis applications, also components such as fasteners and connectors.

Its two most distinctive features are “bottom-up” measurement using a motorized Z-axis with laser-based autofocus, and precision video imaging. An available manual XY stage with 1.5 X 1.5” travel facilitates easy positioning of small and large parts.

The standard G Series configuration includes a single fixed collimator, solid-state PIN detector, and long-life micro-focus x-ray tube. As with all Bowman models, the components can be upgraded to include multiple collimators, a variable focal camera, or an SDD detector.

“Home of Hubble” Picks Bowman XRF

November, 2018 – Goddard Space Flight Center, home to Hubble operations, the upcoming James Webb Telescope – and the nation’s largest organization of scientists and engineers dedicated to spacecraft and the study of the solar system, has chosen Bowman as its supplier of choice for XRF thin film measurement technology.

The Bowman XRF measurement system selected is a Model P, a system with the capability to measure an exceptionally wide range of sample sizes and shapes. At Goddard, the Model P will precisely analyze ENIG, ENEPIG and alloys on printed circuit boards.

Goddard engineers have extensive capability for designing and building sensitive instruments; one of the main factors that led to the purchase was Bowman’s IPC 4552A capability and the instrument’s ability to precisely determine phosphorus composition in electroless nickel through the gold layer for incoming PCBs. The Model P measures up to 5 coating layers simultaneously; In addition to plating thickness measurement, it also performs elemental and solution analysis.

The Bowman Model P XRF plating measurement system chosen by Goddard Space Flight Center (Greenbelt, MD) to analyze ENIG, ENEPIG and alloys on printed circuit boards.

Bowman Strengthens Baltic Sales Team

November, 2018 – Bowman announces the expansion of its international distribution team with the appointment of ANITEPO, a distributor and service provider of laboratory instruments with a specialty in x-ray imaging technology.

Headquartered in Warsaw and serving all of Poland, ANITEPO works throughout the metal producing sector, from foundries, to steel plants to metal products manufacturers, and is well known for its installations and service reputation in the automotive sector. The company also serves manufacturers of electronics and printed circuit boards, a diversity that matches perfectly with Bowman’s own.

Explains Bowman President Tom Leone, “the Bowman P Series XRF, which accommodates the widest range of sample sizes, shapes and quantities, is ideally suited for quality labs serving automotive. The W Series, which measures the smallest features in electronics, will give companies in that sector an important accuracy advantage – and ANITEPO an important competitive one.”

ANITEPO is owned by its Director, Artur Roznowski, who had a lengthy tenure as an electronics technician before founding ANITEPO in 2011.

“The competitive situation here is ripe for Bowman technology,” suggests Roznowski. “Our company has long sold an excellent instrument for measuring single elements. But customers are now looking for highly accurate, proven systems that measure multiple element layers. That is the definition of the Bowman, which measures up to 5 layers, all of which can be alloys.”

The other factor where Roznowski believes they have an edge is service. “From day one,” says Roznowski, “we will be able to provide expert installations, and ongoing service and repair for Bowman, as well as other major-brand XRF coating measurement systems.”

ANITEPO Director Artur Roznowski at EuroLAB, an international trade show for analytical, measurement and control computers.