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Handheld XRF Analyzers

What is an XRF analyzer?

XRF stands for X-ray fluorescence. It’s a powerful, nondestructive technique for measuring elemental composition from magnesium (Mg) to uranium (U), from parts per million to 100%. Handheld XRF analyzers are portable devices that can be used on location for immediate, lab-quality results to help you determine the next course of action and where it’s needed.

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Handheld XRF Instruments


The Vanta™ handheld XRF analyzer series are our newest and most powerful handheld XRF devices, delivering rapid, accurate element analysis for customers who demand laboratory-quality results in the field. The analyzers are built tough, with an IP55 or IP54 rating, and drop tested for greater uptime and a lower cost of ownership.

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Vanta Element Handheld XRF Analyzers

The Vanta Element™ handheld XRF analyzer series offers speed, ruggedness, and connectivity in two cost-effective models. The Vanta Element analyzer delivers affordable alloy ID, and the Vanta Element-S analyzer offers affordable alloy ID with light element detection. Perform material and grade identification in seconds and easily compare alloys for scrap recycling and metal manufacturing.

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X-Ray Fluorescence FAQ

How does XRF technology work?

An analyzer emits X-rays that hit the sample. This causes the elements in the sample to fluoresce and travel back to the analyzer’s X-ray detector. The analyzer counts them and makes mathematical calculations to generate a result.

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What is an XRF analyzer used for?

They’re used for applications where you need to identify the material chemistry or alloy ID of a sample. Being able to take a lab technique into the field enables the analysis of samples that are too large, unwieldly, or costly to transport to the lab. Onsite analysis enables real-time information and decision making.

How much does an XRF analyzer cost?

An XRF analyzer’s price is influenced by many factors, including the detector type (PIN or silicon drift detector), X-ray detector size, anode material, and accessories. The best way to determine cost is to figure out what you need to get results for the elements you’re trying to measure. Contact your local Olympus representative for help choosing the right analyzer.

What can an XRF analyzer detect?

Handheld XRF analyzers can measure element magnesium (Mg) to uranium (U). You can point an XRF analyzer at almost anything and get a result. Common applications include scrap sorting, alloy grade identification, quality control (QC) in metal manufacturing, geological exploration or mining, testing industrial materials like cement or coal, and testing for lead in paint or other contaminants in consumer products.

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From calibration to training, we offer a broad portfolio of services to help you maintain optimal device performance. Evident service contracts are:

  • Straightforward—so you can focus on the core of your business
  • Efficient—we can schedule preventative maintenance, including calibrations, on your behalf
  • Cost-effective—providing you savings throughout the life of the contract

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Portable XRF Analyzer Resources

Portable XRF for Mining

In this video, members of our International Mining Group discuss the benefits of portable XRF in the mineral exploration industry. From field mapping to soil sampling to core drilling, portable XRF provides an ideal tool to quickly collect and analyze geochemical data onsite and in real time.

Using an Olympus XRF Analyzer in the Scrap Metal Business

Learn how Olympus handheld XRF analyzers provide fast, reliable alloy ID and material chemistry for the scrap metal industry. In this customer testimonial, a scrap yard owner discussed how XRF is helping improve the day-to-day business and deliver a fast ROI.

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