The best handheld XRF for the job

June 4, 2020

A brief comparison of SciAps industry-leading handheld XRF analyzers

What’s the difference between the premium X-550 and the workhorse X-505 models?  The answer is simple: Speed on low atomic number elements such as Mg, Al, Si, P and S. The X-550 runs at about 3x the X-ray power in the “Beam 2” setting (also known as the low voltage setting) compared to the X-505 or other handheld XRF analyzers. This means the measured intensities from Mg, Al, Si, P and S (plus K, Ca and Cl in other apps) are 3x higher, producing 3x faster measurements. A few common examples are shown below.


SciAps X-505

Connectivity and Android

The X Series is built on Google’s Android platform for real-time data exporting anywhere on the planet. The user interface has the feel of a smartphone with results easily viewed on a vibrant display and reversible light/dark for all lighting conditions. Built-in Wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB mean that users can print and email from the X Series and connect to virtually any information management system for efficient test data and reporting.

Need carbon?

For users who need to also measure carbon in steels, stainless and cast iron, SciAps manufacturers the SciAps Z-200 C+, the world’s only handheld laser system (LIBS) capable of measuring carbon content low enough to separate L and H grade stainless. SciAps Z has achieved global acceptance with nearly than 1,000 units delivered. The Z also analyzes beryllium, boron and lithium in alloys. Packaged together with shared accessories in the One Box, the X and Z provide optimal performance for virtually every alloy and element, and for less money than a comparable spark OES system.

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