Reduce Your Argon Footprint

August 16, 2018
With SciAps Z it's time to reduce your Argon Footprint

Spark OES Got You Feeling Like a Pack Animal?

Join the community of SciAps handheld LIBS users for your carbon and alloy testing.

Opti-PurgeTM on-board argon purge

The SciAps Z-200C+, the world’s only handheld analyzer for carbon testing, uses a tiny argon cartridge. It’s about 3” long and 1” diameter. It delivers about 150 analysis when averaging 2-3 tests for carbon. It costs pennies per test. The argon is available virtually anywhere on the planet --- we have mining customers in the Congo, Australian outback, Northwest Territories Canada, PMI users in the Middle East, Central China, and the pipelines throughout northern Canada and Siberia. The cartridges are easy to transport. Whether you’re climbing a tower, a rack, or in a ditch, you can now forget the hassle of moving large tanks of compressed gas. Forever. How does our patented argon purge work?

The laser beam in our Z is only about 50 um diameter. Compare that to the size of a spark burn. We raster the laser to several locations during testing, since averaging multiple laser burns is critical for accuracy with LIBS. The analysis area is very small – a few hundred mm2. This means the purge volume is very small. Thus the pre-purge is quick – a second. And between tests the argon can be turned off – unlike OES. The result is that the Z-200C+ uses about 1,000 times less argon than a typical spark OES. So you get hundreds of test out of that tiny canister that is available globally, and costs a few bucks. So don’t make argon your beast of burden. Switch to SciAps LIBS, and test more with less hassle. Current carbon applications using the Z-200C+:

  • •   Verifying L and H grade stainless on carbon content
  • •   Carbon equivalents. The Z analyzes carbon and the needed transition metals to calculate CE with a variety of formulas.
  • •   Residuals done right! Now measure the carbon content AND Cu, Cr and Ni. The Z automatically switches residual formula based on carbon %. Either Cu + Cr + Ni or just Cu + Ni.
  • •   Sulfidic corrosion? The Z will also measure Si down to 0.02%.
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