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Hitachi High Technologies in America

X-ray Particle Contaminant Analyzer EA8000

EA8000 enables rapid detection and elemental identification of metal particles approximately 20 µm in diameter found in the electrode plates of fuel cells and lithium ion rechargeable batteries.
Metal particle contamination in electrode materials, separators of fuel cells, and lithium ion rechargeable batteries causes heat and fire and decreases battery capacity and lifetime. When the measurement parameters are set, the EA8000 automatically captures X-ray images, detects, and identifies metal particles, enhancing the efficiency of failure analysis and testing.


20 um Particles Detected in Samples 250 x 200 mm in Just a Few Minutes

Conventional X-ray CT systems require about 10 hours to detect metal particles 20 µm in diameter in battery electrode plates 250 × 200 mm (about B4-size).
Hitachi High-Tech Science developed a new particle inspection technology, in combination with the X-ray transmission method, resulting in greatly reduced imaging time. Detection time can be reduced to 3 to 10 minutes, more than 100 times shorter than conventional times.

Automatic Particle Detection by Image Processing

EA8000 conducts high-speed image processing and detects particle position automatically over the entire 250 mm × 200 mm area using X-Ray image capture.

Automatic Elemental Identification of the Detected Particle

Fluorescent X-ray mapping at the particle location and automatic elemental identification can be performed.

Identification of Metal Particles in Battery Electrode plates

Conventional instruments are only able to identify metal particles 20 um in diameter when the particles are on the surface of the electrode plates. Signals from embedded metal particles are very small due to the absorption by the surrounding sample material. The EA8000 uses unique, focused X-ray optics to identify the elements in metal particles deeper within electrode plates and organic films.

All-in-one Instrument for Higher Efficiency

Detection speed and metal contaminants identification can be done with much shorter time than conventional instruments. An X-ray imaging unit, fluorescent X-ray analyzer, and optical microscope are integrated into one system and linked to provide results automatically. The operator can simply place a sample and make measurements, resulting in efficient work and high throughput.


Particle Size Down to 20 µm
Detection Time Approximately 3 to 10 minutes(imaging 250 × 200 mm)
Elemental Analysis Time Approximately 1 to 4 minutes per detection (subject to change depending on element and particle size)
Elements Atomic nos. 12 (Mg) to 92 (U)
Sample State Solid / Powder
Maximum Sample Size 250(W) x 200(D) x 0 to 50(H) mm
X-ray Tube
(XRF Analyzer)
Small Air-cooled X-ray tube
Voltage: 45 kV
Current: 900 µA
X-ray Angle
(XRF Analyzer)
Bottom-up Irradiation
Beam Size
(XRF Analyzer)
30 µm
Fluorescent X-ray Detector Vortex® (SDD) *No liquid nitrogen required
X-ray Tube
(X-ray transmission)
Water-cooled X-ray tube
Transmitted X-ray Detector Area image sensor
Sample Observation High resolution lens and CCD camera
Controller Desktop and 19" TFT monitor
Automatic Particle Analysis X-Ray Imaging, metal particle detection, and elemental identification can be performed automatically.
Particle Size Measurement Detected particle size (projected area) can be measured automatically using X-Ray Image.
Data Process Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Word
Safety Mechamism Door interlock, Crash protection, Instrument self-diagnosis
Power requirements AC200 V to 240 V ±10% Single Phase, 20 A


  • Signal Tower
  • Cooling Water Circulation System
  • * "Microsoft", "Excel" and "Word" are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
  • * Vortex is a registered trademark of Hitachi High-Technologies Science America, Inc. in the United States and a registered trademark of Hitachi High-Tech Science Corporation in Japan.