Analyze Any Mineral, Any Element,
Anyplace on the Planet.

SciAps field portable LIBS and XRF analyzers provide instant analysis of major and trace elements. Get the entire picture for research, exploration, grade control, block modeling, process optimization and environmental clean-up.

XRF

Smallest, fastest, most precise FPXRF available. Perfect for gold pathfinders, transition and heavy metals.

LIBS

In-field analysis of Li, Be, B, C, Na, F. Lithium in hard rocks and brines. High sensitivity to other major elements Mg, Si, Al, Ca, K. Map elemental distribution using our GeoChem Pro app.


The One-Box

The industry’s only complete geochemical solution in a handheld package. With the LIBS plus XRF, you analyze any element, and any type of geochemical sample – soils, powders, liquids with best precision across the entire periodic table. The X and Z share the same user interface, same batteries, chargers, cables.

Handheld LIBS

It’s All About the Technology

The acceptance of handheld LIBS for in-field geochemistry is accelerating. LIBS or Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy is an analytical technique where, using a laser, a plasma is created on the sample. As the plasma cools characteristic photons are emitted and measured to determine elemental presence and concentration at the sampled location.

The SciAps Z features the most advanced LIBS technology of any handheld. The Z utilizes the most powerful laser, operating at 5-6 mJ/pulse, up to 50 Hz rep rate, Class 3B 1064nm wavelength. The spectrometer range of 190 nm out to 950 nm delivers full periodic table coverage.

The patented OPTi-purgeTM integrated argon gas purge (optional) yields better limits of detection for many elements compared to air-based analysis. Internal 3D stage raster the laser allowing for surgical analysis of inclusions or veins if desired, all easily viewed through the integrated camera and laser targeting.

The Z analyzes elements FPXRF can’t

The Z offers greatly improved analysis of several major elements compared to FPXRF

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In-field microanalysis of rocks, veins, inclusions — another benefit of SciAps’ handheld LIBS

The GeoChem Pro App now delivers groundbreaking microanalysis of rocks in the field.

The corresponding LIBS element distribution map for Fe shows excellent correlation with the XFM map and using third party software such as Reflex ioGAS, contouring, RGB mapping and advanced analysis of data can be quickly and easily performed in the field.


An X-ray fluorescence map (XFM) for Fe. SciAps handheld LIBS now allows targeted microanalysis of geological samples in the field.


*Australian Synchrotron’s x-ray fluorescence microprobe (XFM) data courtesy of Shaun Barker (University of Waikato) and Jeremy Vaughan (Barrick).


A Whole New World
of Analysis for Rock Samples

The GeoChem App

Traditional Bulk Sample Analysis

SciAps Z handheld LIBS offers quantitative testing on a more comprehensive element suite than fpXRF with the GeoChem App. Analyze samples using factory calibrations or build your own user defined calibrations using SciAps proprietary Profile BuilderTM PC software. SciAps GeoChem App allows easy collection of metadata, conversion of element to oxide, user selectable units of measurement between ppm and percent.


The GeoChem Pro App

Ground-breaking in-field microanalysis for geological materials.

Map elemental distribution within minerals, veins and inclusions. Create and export element maps, spectral data at individual locations and import data into third party geochemical analysis software (ioGAS) for advanced analysis of data.

Field Portable XRF

It’s All About the Experience

FPXRF is the established technology for in-field elemental analysis. So it’s expected that the SciAps team, with more than 30 years experience designing and supporting FPXRF for the exploration community, would introduce an advanced FPXRF with all the performance and the features the industry demands.

Meet the X – the world’s most advanced field portable XRF and the perfect complement to LIBS

Low-atomic number elements
Mg, Al, Si, P, S, K, Ca

Transition/pathfinder elements
T, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu,
Zn, As, Se, Sr, Rb, Zr, Nb,
Mo, Te, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Ba

Heavy metals
Ta, W, Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, U

X-Series

Elements Analyzed

The X is factory calibrated with 37 standard elements including all measurable pathfinders except REE’s. The X is available with one of two X-ray tube anodes, either Au or Rh, depending on the application. The most common choice is the Au anode because performance is optimal for the vast majority of pathfinder elements including critical gold pathfinders for ore bodies high/low sulphication epithermals, Orogenic, Carlin-type, Porphyry Cu-Au, iron oxide Cu-Au and others. The Rh anode provides broad coverage of transition and heavy metals and highly optimized performance for low atomic number elements Mg, Al, Si, P and S.

Calibration Methods

The X uses both fundamental parameters (FP) and Compton Normalization (CN) calibration methods to quantify elemental chemistry. Operators may switch back/forth between methods for any element. In general CN is used for trace level analysis in ore samples with generally low concentrations of metals, and FP is used for concentrates or samples with percent level metal concentrations. Operators may modify existing calibrations to adjust for biases present in site-specific geologies, and create custom calibrations, all with our industry-leading Profile Builder desktop software.

Other Features

The smallest, lightest weight high performance FPXRF – especially designed for core analysis or any application requiring high volume manual testing. Android-based platform for global connectivity and App friendly. On-board camera, Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth and compatible with 3rd party data visualization packages including IoGAS, Leapfrog.

Tune and Customize your Laser and X-ray Calibrations with Profile Builder

Profile Builder

Unleash the Power of SciAps Analyzers

SciAps Profile Builder (PB) frees you from reliance on factory generated calibrations and methods. Tune and customize your calibrations to local geochemistry with Profile Builder for XRF and LIBS. PB is loaded with common industry certified reference materials (CRMs with assays) and users may add more. View calibration curves, generate new ones, build highly customized models for your own elements of interest. Overlay and compare mineral spectra and more.

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The X and Z can be operated as simple, point-and-shoot analyzers with factory calibrations, or as sophisticated tools with the power to create advanced analytical methods – you decide.

Can Your Handheld Analyzer do this?

The SciAps Connectivity App

Data management, reporting and results sharing like you’d never thought possible on a handheld analyzer. Now possible with the integration of Android’s open-source, global connectivity and the SciAps analyzers.

The SciAps Connectivity App is optional, and may be purchased at time of analyzer purchase, or added at any SciAps X or Z at a later date. Visit our Apps Page for pricing and Downloading. Coming soon to Google Play!

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    Testing alloy chemistry and grade of finished materials at a fab shop in Shenzen, China.
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    Verifying the alloy is correct in real time in Houston.

Real time results sharing globally

Data taken on analyzer is instantly shared with any connected PC, anywhere in the world. Both PC and analyzer must be connected to the internet. If analyzer is not connected or loses connection, testing data is automatically transferred the next time internet connection is established. Works with most phone hot spots.

Share test results with your phone for instant emailing

SciAps App shares test results to mobile phone via Bluetooth automatically. Users can view current or previous test results, page them exactly like a camera roll. Results can be emailed as pdf files direct from phone. Currently only available with Android phones. Apple capability coming soon.

Share data with wireless or Bluetooth printers for instant or automated printing

Automatically send test results to wifi printers, or to Zebra belt mounted Bluetooth printer. Printers not included with App.