New White Papers for SPECTRO xSORT Handheld-XRF

April 1, 2010

SPECTRO xSORT handheld spectrometer convinces as a specialist for environmental, compliance and metal analysis
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Kleve, April 2010 - With rapid, non-destructive screening analyses in laboratory quality, the SPECTRO xSORT handheld XRF instrument has definitely convinced users in many industries since its introduction in 2009. In four new white papers, SPECTRO now documents use of the compact specialist in environmental and compliance analysis as well as in the metal processing and metal trading industries.

Environmental Screenings with the SPECTRO xSORT

Environmental analysis plays a key role in fighting environmental contamination. The SPECTRO xSORT analyzes waste, soil, wood and building material quickly and without sample preparation. With the shortest of measuring times, the instrument measures the contents of many important elements and is optimized for the highest of throughputs.

Elemental Compliance Screenings with the SPECTRO xSORT

More and more laws around the world define maximum values for elements and/or element bonds in everyday products in order to minimize the effects of harmful substances. The SPECTRO xSORT recognizes relevant elements such as lead, chromium, mercury, cadmium, bromine and many more. It delivers laboratory-quality measurement results within a few seconds and, as a non-destructive system, is suited to the screening of products that are intended for resale.

PMI Testing (Positive MaterialIdentification) with the SPECTRO xSORT

Use of the wrong material in production and plant engineering can have grave consequences. The SPECTRO xSORT reliably identifies materials that cannot be optically or tactilely differentiated. The instrument determines the material grade at the press of a button and provides certainty to users in incoming inspections and shipping.

Sorting Scrap Metal with the SPECTROxSORT

The sorting of scrap metal with the SPECTRO xSORT is performed in a flash. The instrument is ergonomic, enabling fatigue-free onsite use. Simple operation makes the robust SPECTRO xSORT practicable even for non-technical personnel.

Background: SPECTRO xSORT

The SPECTRO xSORT is a compact handheld ED-XRF spectrometer with high throughput for screening analyses. It records all relevant elements from aluminum to uranium in every measuring cycle and delivers laboratory-quality results in just a few seconds. The 1.7 kilogram instrument is optimized for fatigue-free onsite analyses: The operator simply places the measuring aperture on the sample and presses the start button. The user interface and the results are presented on an ergonomically attached PDA. The instrument is robust; the housing consists of shockproof man-made material.


SPECTRO is one of the worldwide leading suppliers of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. SPECTRO manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for strongly varying applications and provides exemplary customer service. SPECTRO’s products are exemplified by unique technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer.  From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 30,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world.

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electric motors with an annual turnover of approximately 2.1 billion US$. AMETEK’s corporate growth plan is based on four key strategies: Operative excellence, strategic acquisitions and alliances, geographic and market expansion as well as new products. AMETEK’s common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index.

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