XRF Spectrometers

For X-ray fluorescence spectrometers for elemental analysis or trace element analysis, SPECTRO is a world leader

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    X-ray fluorescence technology (XRF) provides one of the simplest, most accurate and most economic analytical methods for the determination of the chemical composition of many types of materials. It is non-destructive and reliable, requires no, or very little, sample preparation and is suitable for solid, liquid and powdered samples. Depending on the analyzer the covered element range starts with carbon (6) for a qualitative analysis and starts with fluorine (9) for a quantitative analysis. The highest atomic number element, which is covered, is americium (95). XRF provides detection limits at the sub-ppm level; it can also measure concentrations of up to 100% easily and simultaneously.

    SPECTRO is a world leader in the manufacture of energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence spectrometers. In recent years, SPECTRO has set standards by further developing X-ray fluorescence technology to create many new fields of operation for ED-XRF spectrometers.

    The company offers a complete range of X-ray fluorescence portable spectrometers such as the small handheld XRF, xSORT and the SPECTROSCOUT, a portable spectrometer that brings lab-grade analysis into the field. SPECTRO also brings to market a broad range of bench-top ED-XRF spectrometers for special elemental analysis tasks to multi-purpose laboratory spectrometers for trace element analysis, and a wide range of on-line solutions – whatever your specifications, we can meet them.

    XRF Spectrometer SPECTRO XEPOS
    The SPECTRO XEPOS energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometer redefines ED-XRF analysis with exceptional new levels of performance and is designed for demanding applications
    SPECTROCUBE  The SPECTROCUBE energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometer delivers easy, reliable, accurate, high-throughput analysis for a variety of applications.
    SPECTRO MIDEX  The SPECTRO MIDEX MID05 small spot energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometer is optimized for precious metal testing.
    SPECTRO MIDEX XRF analyzer The SPECTRO MIDEX MID04 small spot energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometer is optimized for compliance testing, for element line scans and mappings
    Portable ED-XRF Analyzer SPECTROSCOUT SPECTROSCOUT – The portable, energy-dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometers that bring lab-grade analysis into the field or onto the production floor
    XRF Handheld xSORT SPECTRO xSORT handheld XRF – for metal analysis and sorting, compliance screening, environmental analysis and mining applications
    Typical uses include the analysis of oils and fuel, plastic, rubber and textiles, pharmaceutical products, foodstuffs, cosmetics and body care products, fertilizers, minerals, ores, rocks, sands, slags, cements, heat-resistant materials, glass, ceramics, wafers; the determination of coatings on paper, film, polyester, and metals; XRF RoHS testing, positive material identification, the sorting of metal alloys, glass and plastic according to their constituent materials; and the monitoring of solid waste, effluent, cleaning fluids, pools and filters.

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    Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the X-ray Fluorescence Technology (XRF)

    What elements can XRF detect?
    Using energy dispersive XRF the element range is C-Am, quantitative analysis is possible for elements in the range F-U. The range is depending on the instrument configuration.

    What is XRF analysis used for?

    XRF is used for the elemental analysis of solids, powders, liquids, thin films or coatings/platings. It also can be used for positive material identification and sorting.

    How is XRF used in industries?
    XRF is used for quality control of incoming materials, quality monitoring of finished products and quantitative (compliance) screenings.

    Is XRF safe?
    Most laboratory XRF systems have closed cabinets for the samples and X-rays only can be activated if the safety is given, so if appropriate shielding is given then yes. As handheld XRF instruments do not have a sample compartment there are typically several safety precuations built in. In addition the operators will receive training before using the instrument.

    What is XRF principle?
    Excitation X-rays typically from an X-ray tube hit atoms in a sample. If an inner shell electron of the atom is ejected, an electron from an outer shell refills this open position and fluorescence radiation is emitted due to the energetic difference of shells. The energy of this radiation is element specific, comparable to a fingerprint. This allows a detector to measure the intensity sorted by energy for quantification of each element. Read more about XRF principle & how it works!