Z-Series LIBS Analyzers

From sophisticated analysis of ultra-low elemental concentrations in alloys, ores, brines and powders, to basic material or scrap sorting, SciAps offers a model for your application. And we defy obsolescence. Any lower performing model can be upgraded to a higher performing model at any time. You’re never obsolete with a SciAps LIBS.

Quick Model Guide
Range (nm)
Applicable Industries
200 - 420
Alloy or QuickSort applications include bases: Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Ni, Sn, Ti, Stainless Steel
Scrap Metal and Alloys
Z-901 CSi
190 - 260
Measures C, Si in steels, stainless
and Ni alloys.
Z-901 Li
380 - 680
Li in pegmatites, clay, and mica-schists. Additional matrix matched calibrations can be built by operator using PB software.
Geochemistry, Academic and Scientific, Electric Vehicles and Strategic Metals,
Food and Agriculture, Environmental
Z-902 Carbon
190 - 420
Carbon for Stainless and Fe bases.
Alloy bases include: Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Ni,
Sn, Ti, Stainless Steel
Z-902 +
190 - 625
Alloy or QuickSort applications include bases: Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Ni, Sn, Ti, Stainless Steel
Scrap Metal and Alloys
Z-903 Carbon
190 - 625
Carbon for Stainless and Fe bases.
Alloy bases include: Al, Co, Cu, Fe, Ni,
Sn, Ti, Stainless Steel
190 - 950
Factory-provided calibrations and Profile Builder software allow users to build their own matrix matched calibrations.
Geochemistry, Academic and Scientific, Electric Vehicles and Strategic Metals,
Food and Agriculture, Environmental

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SciAps Z-Series Advantages

Argon Purge or QuickSort

The Z can use on-board argon purge for high precision analysis or QuickSort for rapid material sorting or grade identification with air-burn. Depending on the element, the LIBS signal is 2x-10x higherwhen operating in argon purge versus air-burn.

Protect Confidential Materials

The Z includes desktop/tablet software allowing a user (password protected) to modify calibrations, elements analyzed, grade IDs and various spectral pre-processing. Customers can keep their proprietary materials proprietary!

Lightest, Fastest LIBS Analyzer

The latest Z is the lightest, fastest high performance LIBS analyzer. Perfectly balanced, you can test fatigue-free all day long. Wrist strap also included. Results shown in 1 second, full test time 3 sec.

No Grinding, except for Carbon

The Z uses a 50 Hz laser, firing 10 surface cleaning shots in 0.2 seconds to burn away surface contaminants, dirt, etc. The Z is the only LIBS unit proven to analyze even the dirtiest scrap without grinding.

Beam Rastering

The Z rasters the laser to 6 different positions and automatically averages the results. Why do this? Because LIBS lasers are typically 50 um in diameter, and testing a single location may not average out inhomogeneities even in vacuum melt alloys. Also if the laser happens to hit an inclusion or embedded contaminant, an outlying result will be averaged out over the rastering. 50 years of LIBS scientific literature tell you that rastering is a “must have.”

Customer Flexibility

Do you have specific UI or SW requests? Tell us about them. Most requests are requested by multiple customers, and we’ll always do our best to include them in a future software update.

Free Software Upgrades

Software upgrades free for the life of the analyzer.

On-board Camera, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS

Photo-document samples, and/or aim laser at specific area on sample if needed. WiFi/BT make for easy data transfer and connectivity. USB connections also included.

Vibrant Display

Brightest, largest display, easiest to read in direct sunlight.

Service Costs

Generally the lowest in the industry. Why? We design our products for rough use and low lifetime service costs. SciAps makes our own lasers and spectrometers, so we can repair items on a component-level.

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The Z features a sample detection system that yields the safety of Class 1 conditions. If there’s no sample present, the laser will not fire a single pulse, meaning no stray laser light fired into empty space. If a sample is removed during testing, the laser immediately stops firing once the sample is ¼” or more away from the window. Because the Z will not fire into empty space, it may be operated under Class 1 conditions, with proper training (ANSI Z136.1). Thus the Z provides the analytical advantages of a 3b laser in a device that may be operated in Class 1 conditions. This safety benefit is ONLY achievable with a milli-joule, low rep-rate laser. High rep rate class 3b lasers, like those featured in other LIBS devices, cannot operate with this safety mode.


The Z-900 Series uses a patented stack-spectrometer design that delivers wide wavelength range and high resolution—superior to any other handheld LIBS. Depending on your application, SciAps 900 Series can be purchased with 1-3 spectrometers.  The 3-spectrometer Z-903 range is 190 nm – 950 nm. In addition to the elements measured by the Z-902, this wider wavelength range also measures H, F, Br, Cl, N, O, S, Rb, Cs, and K.


The key to good LIBS analysis is creating a good plasma. The best plasma’s come from the highest power densities on the sample. The Z’s PULSAR laser technology fires laser pulses in the 5-6 mJ/pulse range, at up to 50 Hz frequencies, with 1 ns wide pulses. It is well established that mJoule, rather than micro-joule laser pulses yield superior analytical results.

No Fragile X-Ray Detectors

Unlike XRF analyzers, there’s no sensitive detector element near the front window. The Z uses a virtually impenetrable “tough as Pyrex” quartz window. Because LIBZ collects light in the visible and ultraviolet spectral region, rather than x-ray region, a durable, thick window may be used so long as it’s transparent to visible and UV light. Light traverses this quartz window, then into a well-protected spectrometer. You will not be able to break this detector window!

Unmatched Camera & Video

The SciAps Z-900 Series offers dual cameras. Images are automatically saved with results for photo-documentation. And, the Android platform enables sharing of the data and high-resolution images when collaborating with colleagues or reporting results.

A wide-area lens “macro-camera” documents samples and reads bar codes or QR codes for sample identification.

The internal camera augments LIBS analysis with pinpoint viewing and aiming for sample analysis. The laser is automatically focused to <100 µm beam size, without requiring any external, intensity-killing collimation commonly found with XRF. Precisely strike many types of samples: Welds can be analyzed in multiple locations when examining weld chemistry changes across the weld; hone-in on particular regions for non-homogenous samples.

Data Sharing & Connectivity

SciAps Z Series is built on Google’s Android platform for compatibility and connectivity to smart phones, tablets and other devices via the Android SHARE feature. It’s also available with cloud-based data sharing, data merging between multiple instrument platforms, and report generation that eliminates the tedious process of downloading and importing data. The powerful processor offers Wi-Fi and Bluetooth communications, and GPS is enabled.

Auto Calibration

The Z monitors time and internal temperature, and automatically institutes a calibration as needed. This means no cal-check samples to carry around (and lose or get dirty). Reduces the likelihood of operator error by automating the calibration procedure.


The newly designed Z uses much less power, and lasts 6+ hours on a single, lightweight battery. Plug in the AC adapter to recharge and power the analyzer. External battery charger and spare battery included

Get Both With OneBox

Both the Z and X handheld analyzers run on the same software platform, operating system, have the same user interface,  same battery, and same charger making training and operation a breeze. Get them both when you purchase the OneBox package.

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