Kleve, Chicago, March 2009 – SPECTRO Analytical Instruments presents a new range of applications for the SPECTRO xSORT handheld XRF instrument at Pittcon 2009 (March 8 to March 13, Chicago). First introduced to the market in September of 2008, SPECTRO xSORT’s original metal analysis capabilities have been expanded to include applications for RoHS compliance and lead screening as well as for the examination of soil in environmental testing and the direct analysis of ores, concentrates and tailings.
The SPECTRO xSORT, weighing just 1.7 kilograms (3.7 lbs), is an analytical instrument for rapid non-destructive XRF screening analyses. With just a few seconds testing time, it non-destructively analyses the content of all important elements between sulfur and uranium contained in a sample. The modern silicon drift detector (SDD) used in the xSORT processes signals extremely fast. Dirk Wissmann, Product Manager for XRF instruments at SPECTRO, explains: Depending on the task, users can utilize the high readout rate to measure with the xSORT much faster than with other instruments, or use traditional measurement times and achieve significantly better detection limits and accuracy.”
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Fast environmental screening analyses are a second important application area for the xSORT. With the instrument, users simply press a button to test the elemental composition of soil or sludge or to discover whether or not an old telephone pole was treated with outdated and now illegal wood preservative. As one would imagine, operation of the instrument is easy: The user places the probe against the soil or sample, presses the trigger and, within just a few seconds, views the elemental contents on the integrated PDA display. Small or thin samples can be examined using the optional docking station. The SPECTRO xSORT is available with various configuration options for especially accurate results and additional ease of use. Options include extremely large surface area detectors for exact soil examination or an integrated GPS module that keeps a protocol of sampling locations when geologists analyze rock samples.
The three new SPECTRO xSORT applications packages - RoHS compliance and lead screenings, environmental examinations and ore analysis - are available immediately, worldwide.
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