Entries by Mike Maroney

Use Case Deep Dives: X-ray Thickness Gauging

What is X-ray Thickness Gauging? X-ray thickness gauging is pivotal in online control applications, providing real-time measurements to maintain product quality and consistency. This post delves into the fundamental physics underpinning this technology, primarily the Beer-Lambert Law, which relates to the attenuation of X-rays passing through a material to its thickness. Understanding this principle is […]

Use Case Deep Dives: Empowering EDXRF Analysis with Micro X-Ray Tubes

When analyzing samples with Energy Dispersive X-Ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), the analytical precision and efficiency is crucial. Micro X-Ray offers innovative X-ray tube technologies designed to significantly enhance EDXRF applications. This post explores the Micro X-Ray’s Lightbright end window tube, Mini-focus packaged tube, and Seeray water-cooled tube, each offering distinct advantages for your EDXRF system. A […]

Reflecting on Our First Decade of Innovation

Reflecting on Our First Decade of Innovation: Micro X-Ray’s Commitment to Industry Leaders Introduction Since our founding 10 years ago, Micro X-Ray has been at the forefront of providing high-quality, innovative X-ray solutions. Our journey has been marked by a deep commitment to excellence and a consistent focus on meeting the evolving needs of industry […]

Operational Tips: Why Should I Care About Filament Current?

When you’re using an X-ray tube, it’s important to set the right parameters. First, there’s the excitation voltage of the tube, usually expressed in kV. Next, there’s the beam current of the tube, usually expressed in mA. If you multiply the two together, you can get the X-ray tube’s power. (Need a refresher? Check out […]

Operational Tips: Do I Need a Gridded Tube?

What’s a Grid Voltage? One of the most misunderstood aspects of X-ray tubes is how the electron beam is shaped internally, and what impact that has on the X-ray spot. As a rule of thumb, for spot sizes above approximately 50 microns, the electron beam can generally be passively focused through a combination of emitter […]

Operational Tips: Using the Open-Collector Outputs on Your Integrated X-ray Source: A Guide for Low and High Impedance Inputs

Introduction This post serves as a comprehensive guide to help you connect the open-collector outputs on your Micro X-Ray integrated X-ray source to the inputs of your control components, while considering the 20mA maximum sinking current standard across Micro X-Ray integrated sources. By following these guidelines, you can ensure seamless integration and optimal performance of […]