ApNotes and User Guides

January 2024

ApNote SciAps X-555 & Portable PPB detectORE™ App The Future of In-field Gold and Silver Analysis

Portable PPB via their patented detectORE™ product has introduced the world’s first in-field portable XRF (pXRF) Au analysis technology as an alternative to laboratory assay. In the past, portable XRF (pXRF) on its own could not reach the sub-ppm LOD’s required by industry. Pairing Portable PPB’s detectORE™ process with an optimized pXRF provides a process to measure Au to below 20 ppb Au on real-world samples. Now, from the R&D partnership between Portable PPB and SciAps, the detectORE™ method adds the potential of ultra-low Ag analysis. This innovation makes in-field, sub-ppm analysis of both Au and Ag a possibility for the first time ever.
September 2023

ApNote Lithium Battery Recycling and Manufacturing

The rising demand for lithium and the limited availability of this crucial element has led to new applications for SciAps Z-900 Series and SciAps XRF analyzers. These tools are being utilized throughout the lithium battery recycling and manufacturing processes, offering rapid testing options without the extended time required by larger laboratory equipment.
August 2023

In-field, Handheld XRF for Lead Exposure from Underground and Underwater Communications Cables

With the SciAps X-550/X-505 XRF, contractors can use the RoHS App for identifying lead in polymers for the plastic sheaths and the Alloy and Soil Apps for identifying metals in the surrounding soil.
May 2023

Multi-element provenance analysis of endangered tropical hardwoods

This case study shows the power of the SciAps LIBS Z-200 and Z-300 (now Z-902 and Z-903) for research level applications. Through simple data collection of many samples, macro- and micronutrients are detected by the spectrometer and used for multivariate classification of Dalbergia. After minor preprocessing and unguided variable selection, highly accurate prediction models can be generated for potential field use.
May 2023

Targeted Micro Analysis (TMA) using Handheld LIBS

The SciAps Z-900 Series offers unique capabilities that no other handheld instrument can offer. One key advantage of the SciAps Z-900 Series LIBS is the ability to perform Targeted Micro Analysis (TMA).
March 2023

Z901 + Z903 Li Exploration ApNote

Handheld LIBS can be used to quickly and accurately analyze lithium and other elements in the field. SciAps Z-901 Lithium is a lighter weight, dedicated lithium-only analyzer, while Z-903 provides great lithium performance with a wider spectral range and the added capability of seeing any element on the periodic table allowing geoscientists to deduce many important mineralogical associations.
March 2023

X-555 REE ApNote

SciAps Inc continues to lead the way in field portable analytical devices for the analysis of geomaterials with the new X-555 X-Ray fluorescence (pXRF) and Z903 laser-induced break down spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzers adding new capabilities related to the in-field analysis to identify, measure and characterize critical elements in geologic materials.
October 2022

Analysis of Platinum, Palladium and Rhodium with SciAps Handheld XRF

More recycling facilities are identifying platinum, palladium, and rhodium in catalytic converters. These platinum group metals are highly valuable. But accurate identification is essential. SciAps X-50 is a unique, lower-priced model featuring an X-ray tube that can run up to 50kV. See why it’s a perfect fit for PGM analysis.
September 2022

LIBS User’s Guide: The latest success story in portable analytical instrumentation

LIBS technology has migrated from a time-consuming laboratory analysis method to a mainstream field analytical technique in recent years. Handheld LIBS first found commercial success in alloy analysis industries. It’s now applied to electric vehicles, strategic metals, and environmental clean-up.
March 2022

Z-9 Liquidator for Rapid Multi-Element Analysis of Lithium Brines ApNote

SciAps Z-9 Liquidator with the Z-903 handheld LIBS analyzer can quickly and accurately analyze lithium and other elements in liquid brine samples across a wide range of concentrations. The cutting-edge analyzer's wide spectral range and custom calibration capabilities allow it to detect any element on the periodic table.
March 2022

XRF Evaluation of Heavy Metals in Parks of Newark, N.J.

Areas evaluated were in or near athletic fields, trails, playgrounds, entrances, and adjacent to roads. Measurements were performed with SciAps XRF following EPA Method 6200 protocols.
October 2021

Analyzing Carbon in Small Parts On-site with LIBS

Deploying a comprehensive material verification program includes testing weld wire, round bar, small bore pipe and bolting. All SciAps LIBS analyzers are designed to optimize access to such parts, providing a comprehensive, on-site solution for carbon analysis in QA/QC programs.
October 2021

User’s Guide: New Opportunities for Handheld XRF

The past couple of years have marked a new era for handheld XRF, with next-generation improvements in speed, accuracy, and instrumentation, including the world’s first 55 kV X-ray tube.
September 2021

Where’s the Gold?

Identification of Gold and Its Mineralogical Associations using SciAps Handheld LIBS
June 2021

Screening Food Packaging for PFAS with Handheld LIBS

Field-portable handheld LIBS analyzers have expanded potential applications for in situ elemental analysis. They allow for rapid screening and quantification of any element in almost any matrix type.
April 2021

Instant Detection of Banned Fluorinated Ski Waxes Using Handheld LIBS

Iron-on fluoro-powders and fluorinated paraffins for skis offer unmatched glide properties and repel dirt exceptionally well. But they are being banned due to environmental and health impacts. SciAps LIBS offers instant detection to reinforce compliance in a competition environment.
January 2021

XRF User’s Guide: Aluminum Alloy Sorting

Ten years ago, basic sorting was the only option with handheld analyzers. Today, with the advent of high-performance X-ray detectors and laser-based units, fine sorting aluminum alloys in a few seconds is a reality. SciAps XRF units measure Mg and Si up to 10x faster than other guns so that operators can do fine sorting within a few seconds, rather than 30+ seconds, increasing accuracy and throughput.
January 2021

User’s Guide: Pro Tips to Improve Your PMI Performance

Paul Lawrence of PMI Concepts has been performing PMI work, and training and certifying inspectors, for over 10 years. He’s an expert at all aspects of PMI including XRF, spark OES, and now LIBS technologies. Here, he offers some key tips to improve your performance and get the most out of your instrument.
May 2020

Gold Pathfinders with SciAps XRF

SciAps handheld XRF offers demonstrated performance on critical gold pathfinders Cu, As, Ag, Sb, accelerating discovery and improving efficiency in the extraction and processing of gold.

Carbon Analysis in Stainless and Carbon Steels with Handheld LIBS

Presented here is a method to analyze carbon content in carbon and stainless steels, utilizing the technique of handheld laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (HH LIBS). The method specifies the SciAps Z-902 Carbon, the world’s only handheld analyzer capable of analyzing carbon content in alloys.

Carbon Equivalents Measurement with Handheld LIBS

The SciAps Z has demonstrated the ability to measure carbon equivalents, as well as carbon content in low alloy and carbon steels. The Z-902 Carbon is the world’s only handheld analyzers capable of measuring carbon content.

Organic Carbon in Soil

Rapid Measurement of Total Organic Carbon in Soil Using SciAps Z-300 Handheld LIBS
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