Surface contamination from soluble salts such as chloride, sulphate, or nitrate ions can cause premature failure of steel and other coating
That’s why we measure the concentration of soluble salts. But how clean is clean? That depends on your coating, the standard you are working to, or a combination of the two. The Elcometer 130 range of salt contamination metres are designed to accurately and quickly measure the level of soluble salts on surfaces up to 5 times faster than other Bresle equivalent test methods – without the need for needles.
So how does it work?
1.6 millilitres of deionised or distilled water is applied to a sterile filter paper on a magnetic positioning disc, and placed onto the test substrate for two minutes. The magnetic positioning disc minimises water evaporation, maximises accuracy, and holds the filter paper in place on flat or curved, horizontal or vertical surfaces. After two minutes, the filter paper is removed from the substrate and placed on the Elcometer 130’s test plate. Close the lid and the gauge will automatically take and record the measurement. The readings are provided in two minutes. When you consider that ISO recommends that a Bresle test should take 10 minutes, the Elcometer 130 SSP significantly reduces the inspection time required; increasing productivity and saving you money. Therefore, you can prepare multiple tests which can run at the same time – reducing inspection times further, especially on large surface areas.
The new Elcometer 130 SSP is the only soluble salt meter that measures both the concentration and density profile of soluble salts on the surface, allowing the user to identify both the average and actual concentration of salt at any given point under the filter paper, in either 2D or 3D. Why is this important? Because salts are not uniformly distributed over the substrate – typically there are high and low areas of concentration. More saturated areas that can lead to corrosion and rust spots. Unlike other gauges, the Elcometer 130 SSP carries out a detailed analysis of the surface’s soluble salt profile – providing an accurate salt density profile map. You get an accurate pass/fail map, together with distribution and bar graphs, run charts, and full statistical information including average, standard deviation, the highest and lowest reading, together with the range. Internal temperature compensation within the new Elcometer 130 SSP ensures accurate measurements in both hot and cold environments.
All readings and profiles can be recorded into the gauge’s memory and be transferred to your PC, via USB or Bluetooth, for digital reporting using our free, easy to use software application – ElcoMaster. Alternatively, transfer the gauge’s readings directly into your Android or Apple mobile device, for instant reporting wherever you are. So there you have it – the new Elcometer 130 SSP with Bresle equivalency from a test that’s up to five times faster, giving you the ability to complete more tests in the same time-frame.