Bruker received an order from ThyssenKrupp Stainless USA in Calvert, Ala., to supply nearly $1.3 million in elemental analysis systems and automation equipment for ThyssenKrupp’s new, state-of-the-art stainless steel melt shop. The contract includes an industrial analysis automation system with automatic milling, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and spark optical emission spectrometry (OES) systems for the analysis of stainless steel. It also includes individual laboratory instruments, such as combustion gas analyzers for oxygen, nitrogen, carbon and sulfur, and XRF for slag determination.            

Bruker’s elemental analysis instruments transfer their data into a Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). From there, the data can be fed back directly to the customer’s plant control software for immediate reaction at the production line. Upon its completion in 2012, ThyssenKrupp’s new plant will be one of the most modern stainless steel manufacturing facilities in the world.