Bowman XRF Appoints Sales Manager for North America

February, 2020 –Bowman President Tom Leone announced the appointment of Robert Coleman as Sales Manager for North America. Coleman will be based in Chicago, with responsibility for XRF instrument sales and service in the US and Canada. He will also manage and support the activities of Bowman Mexico.

Coleman has extensive experience in both of the markets – PCB manufacturing and general metal finishing – where Bowman holds a prominent position. Coleman was most recently Midwest Sales Manager for Uyemura, and previously, Vice President of Operations for American Standard Circuits.

Says Leone, “Bringing Rob on-board substantially boosts our client service resources here in our headquarters region. Additionally, his success in Asia (Coleman was, for several years, Managing Director of Asia for RBP Chemical Technology) will be a valuable asset as Bowman continues its Pacific rim expansion.”

Bowman Exhibits at Trade Events in Taiwan, India

January, 2020 – Bowman’s partner company, Quantum Equipment Co. Pvt. Ltd., exhibited at the GGJS (Gujarat Gold Jewellery Show) in Gujarat, India January 10-12. The show drew 30,000 visitors.

Bowman Taiwan displayed the G Series at iMT (International Metal Technology) in Taipei. The G Series features precision video imaging, ‘bottom-up’ measurement, and more!

UK Distributor Celebrates 40 Year Anniversary

January, 2020 – Bowman’s UK distributor, SciMed, is a leading supplier of scientific instrumentation in the UK and Ireland. They are celebrating 40 years providing a range of analytical instrumentation and process equipment to industry and academia.

Bowman Expands Partnership Network

January, 2020 – Bowman has expanded its global reach with strategic appointments in 3 key regions. Additions in South America are Pattaro C S Ltda. (headquartered in Sao Caetano do Sul, Brazil) and Analitica & Redes (based in Bogota, Colombia). BES Engineering, headquartered in Istanbul, will manage new business development throughout Turkey.

Pattaro C S Ltda. has more than 10 years of experience supplying instruments and consumables for the printed circuit, plastic card and surface finishing industries. Analitica & Redes is commemorating its 20th year as one of the nation’s preeminent distributors of 15 categories of analytical instrumentation, “from atomic absorption to XRF.” BES Engineering represents 8 manufacturers of X-ray and laser-based instruments, including X-ray fluorescence spectrometers, NDT systems, and short pulse lasers.

President Tom Leone says, “Bowman is delighted to welcome these 3 respected sales and service organizations into our global network.”

Bowman Debuts Product Videos

January, 2020Watch the Bowman G Series apply precision video imaging and ‘bottom-up’ analysis to simultaneously measure up to 5 coating layers, including ultra-thin films.

Watch measurement of the smallest X-ray spot sizes using the Bowman M Series XRF.

The Bowman P Series XRF measures the widest range of samples.

North America’s Only XRF Instrument Manufacturer
Debuts “Bowman Mexico”

December, 2019 – Bowman, North America’s manufacturer of XRF plating thickness measurement instruments, has established Bowman Mexico in San Miguel de Allende, a municipality of Guanajuato.

Bowman Mexico has a fully staffed sales organization for the Bowman suite of benchtop XRF measurement systems, and a service and repair facility for all major makes and models of XRFs. In addition, Bowman Mexico provides foil and plated standards and re-certifies reference standards for every XRF instrument.

Bowman XRF systems are distinctive in that they provide important 3-way functionality (thickness measurement, elemental analysis, and plating solution analysis) and are guaranteed IPC 4552 REV.A capable.

The Bowman Mexico team, and its Mexico distributor, Raisa, have several decades experience in metal finishing and finishing quality control.

San Miguel de Allende

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 Dake Musale 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, 2019Bowman’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.


Bowman XRF systems are exhibited worldwide.