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Pandemic inspires SciAps to create handheld analysers with ‘dual burn’ option

SciAps Inc. has added a new X-ray fluorescence handheld analyser to its portfolio. The next generation SciAps Z-901 unit comes with completely updated software and processing electronics so it can accurately detect scrap metals even faster than before.

The Z-901 features the first-ever “dual burn” technology. Users can either use an “air burn” method or argon purge testing. Air-burn eliminates the need for argon canisters and offers rapid material sorting and identification. Users can also insert a small argon canister, switch to the “argon purge” app and calibration, and obtain the higher precision and improved limits of detection that have been well-established in laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS).

‘With the pandemic-driven shutdowns and travel restrictions, 2020 was a tough year. But rather than cutting our budget, we invested in technology so that when things opened up again, we’d have something great to offer our customers,’ says company ceo Don Sackett.

He adds that the new LIBS units are ‘better balanced, narrower, with a tapered snout for easier access to welds and hard-to-reach places, with a rear-facing display that provides easy viewing’. The Z-901 is able to display results in one second.

The new handheld is available for alloy, mining exploration and geochemistry, forensics and other analytical applications. It also comes with desktop/tablet software allowing users to add elements and generate custom calibrations.

‘We’ve taken all the knowledge we’ve learned about LIBS technology over the past five years and completely updated the unit – making it lighter and faster with a great new user interface. And now we’re offering this revolutionary dual-burn option that nobody else has,’ Sackett goes on to state. ‘We’re really excited to launch the new family of LIBS products.’

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