Handheld XRF analysers - X-MET8000 range

The X-MET8000 range of handheld X-ray fluorescence (HHXRF) analysers delivers the performance needed for rapid alloy grade identification and accurate chemistry of a wide variety of materials (solid and powder metals, polymers, wood, solutions, soil, ores, minerals etc). The X-MET is practical, rugged and easy to use to deliver results you can trust.

We provide a range of models to suit all analysis needs and budgets for different applications.

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Why choose an X-MET analyser?

Superior performance

The X-MET provides great light elements (Mg, Al, Si, P, S, Cl) analysis, low limits of detection, and outstanding precision for results you can trust, day after day.

Test a wide range of materials with its versatile standardless fundamental parameters (FP) methods, or use its empirical calibrations when results traceability and superior accuracy are needed.

Easy to use

With its large touchscreen and icon-driven user interface, the user training required to operate it is minimal.

Superb ergonomics

Light (it’s only 1.5kg), compact, and balanced, you can use the X-MET for long periods of time with minimum fatigue.

 

Robust for low cost of ownership

IP54 compliant (equivalent to NEMA 3), splash water and dust proof, you can use the X-MET confidently indoors or outdoors.

Tested to the MIL-STD-810G military grade standard for robustness.

Its optional shield prevents costly detector repairs when measuring rough surfaces.

 

Advanced data management

Total flexibility: Store up to 100,000 results on-board the X-MET, export reports on a USB flash drive or a PC, or automatically store the X-MET data securely in the LiveData cloud.


Applications

 

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Smart

X-MET8000
Optimum

X-MET8000
Expert

Scrap metal recycling  ✔  ✔  ✔
Positive material identification (PMI) inspection    ✔  ✔
Manufacturing & PMI QA/QC  ✔  ✔  ✔
Precious metals  ✔  ✔  ✔
Regulatory compliance screening
(consumer goods, packaging, raw materials…)
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Expert CG

Environmental soil screening      ✔
X-MET8000
Expert Geo
Ores and minerals    
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Expert Geo
Metal coating thickness
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Expert
/ Expert CG
Archaeometry  
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Expert
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/ Expert Geo

To prevent potential product failures and their costly consequences, quality control and assurance testing at various stages of the production process is essential. With handheld x-ray fluorescence (HHXRF), you can carry out rapid incoming inspection of alloy materials at delivery, and verify the correct alloy material is used during the manufacturing process right through to shipping.

Why choose an X-MET8000 HHXRF analyser for this task?

The X-MET provides:

  • Ultimate performance for fast and reliable metals analysis
  • Extensive, customisable grade library for accurate alloy identification.
  • Ruggedness for low cost of ownership
  • Ease of use: minimal user training required
  • Versatile data management: store results on the analyser, create test reports, or use our app and cloud service to manage your results on the go.

Positive Material Inspection (PMI) programmes allow plant operators and maintenance professionals to test critical process components before and after they are put in service to ensure assets’ integrity and prevent potentially catastrophic failures. With handheld x-ray fluorescence (HHXRF), you can determine alloys’ grade and chemistry in seconds, on-site. You no longer have to rely on suppliers’ certificates.

Why choose an X-MET8000 HHXRF analyser for PMI inspection?

  • Ultimate performance for fast and reliable metals analysis: ensure materials meet specification
  • Extensive, customisable grade library for accurate alloy identification
  • Ruggedness for low cost of ownership
  • Ease of use: minimal user training required
  • Designed for the job: superb ergonomics for practical use, optimised design to test materials in hard-to-reach places (e.g. bends and corners)
  • Versatile data management: store results on the analyser, download customised reports to a USB flash drive, or use our app and cloud service to store and share your data.

Over 400 million tonnes of scrap are processed each year. Sorting scrap metal through testing adds value at all stages of the metal recycling process, from sorting mixed scrap into low value and high value materials, to determining the composition of the scrap that goes into the melts and the quality of the output. Our X-MET analysers are used worldwide in the scrap metal processing and recycling market to add value at every stage of the metal recycling process.

Why choose an X-MET8000?

  • Maximise productivity and profits through accurate alloy identification and chemistry (including the analysis of impurities and penalty elements)
  • Test alloys, spent catalytic converters, and other materials
  • Easy to use: ready to test in seconds; requires minimal user training
  • Built to last: IP54 rated (sealed against dust and splash water), and tested to MIL-STD 810G for ruggedness
  • Low cost of ownership: our optional window-shield protects the analyser’s detector when measuring turnings and other sharp objects to prevent costly repairs
  • Powerful data management: store data on the analyser, on a USB flash drive, or use our app and cloud service in real-time to share results with colleagues and buyers

The X-MET8000 handheld XRF (HHXRF) analyser delivers rapid, on-site geochemical analysis at various stages of the mining process, from the early stages of exploration through to environmental monitoring after site closure. This reduces the need for laboratory analyses significantly, speeds the decision-making process and reduces testing costs.     

Why choose the X-MET8000 Expert Geo?

  • Superior performance: our revolutionary BOOST technology and large area silicon-drift detector provide up to 10 times the sensitivity of other HHXRF models, delivering the low limits of detection needed to measure pathfinders or penalty elements.
  • Fast analysis: measure up to 40 elements in seconds; complete testing programs quickly.
  • Rugged for low cost of ownership and minimum downtime.
  • Outstanding stability: results you can trust,day after day, whatever the weather.
  • Easy to use: minimum user training required.
  • Embedded GPS: combine geolocation coordinates with test results for flawless site mapping.
  • Powerful data management: print results as you go on a Bluetooth printer and attach them to sample bags to avoid mix-ups; export them to a USB device or use our app and cloud service to manage results in real-time, wherever you are.

The contamination of soil has gradually been caused by human activity such as industrial processes (e.g. mining, manufacturing), agriculture (use of fertilisers and pesticides), or waste disposal (e.g. improper use of landfill).

Exposure to some of the contaminants such as Pb and Cd is detrimental to human health, and many countries have introduced regulations and programs to identify polluted areas and manage the clean-up process (remediation).

For example, as part of a US waste management program, the U.S EPA introduced Method 6200 for the in-situ determination of key elements in soil and sediment by field portable/handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.

Operators can use HHXRF for the rapid, on-site screening of soil for heavy metals and other pollutants. This enables them to dramatically reduce the number of samples sent to an off-site laboratory for analysis, and reduces analysis costs and the time it takes to complete the testing program. By isolating problem areas and defining remediation boundaries on the spot, operators can minimize soil treatment and disposal costs.

Why choose an X-MET8000 Expert Geo?

  • Superior performance: meet today and tomorrow's testing requirements with our revolutionary BOOST™ technology and large area silicon-drift detector. They provide up to 10 times the sensitivity of other HHXRF models, delivering the low limits of detection needed to measure critical elements (e.g. US EPA Method 6200 RCRA and priority elements) in soil, sludge and sediments
  • Fast analysis: complete surveys quickly
  • Outstanding stability: results you can trust, day after day, whatever the weather.
  • Rugged for low cost of ownership and minimum downtime
  • Easy to use: minimum user training required
  • Embedded GPS: combine geolocation coordinates with test results for flawless site mapping
  • Powerful data management: print results as you go on a Bluetooth printer and attach them to sample bags to avoid mix-ups; export them to a USB device or use our app and cloud service to manage results in real-time, wherever you are

Whether you are a manufacturer, retailer, or importer of electronic equipment, children’s products and other consumer goods, you will have been affected by the regulations regarding the Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS), as well as other directives (e.g. CPSIA - Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act - of 2008, Packaging directive, WEEE – Waste of Electrical and Electronic Equipment, CA Prop 65 etc). These directives have been enacted in different geographic regions to increase product safety, and to reduce environmental pollutants by controlling "upstream" sources in products and disposal techniques. This legislation affects a wide variety of industries worldwide, from raw materials suppliers, to components and finished products manufacturers and retailers.

Regulatory compliance screening by X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) provides information about the chemical content of the components being tested. Because it is fast and non-destructive, XRF is widely used and it is supported by standard test procedures such as IEC Method 62321.

Why choose the X-MET8000 Expert CG?

  • Fully portable: compact and light, the X-MET can be taken to where the analysis is needed (e.g. at incoming inspection, in the warehouse, from factory to factory)
  • Rapid and accurate screening of a wide variety of material (e.g. polymers, alloys)
  • Fast: make accept/reject decisions on the spot
  • Easy to use: minimum user training required
  • Optional small-spot collimator (3mm diameter): test small features accurately by isolating them from surrounding material
  • Integrated camera: see what you test clearly
  • Powerful data management: store results on-board the analyser, export reports to a USB flash drive, or manage your data in real-time using our app and cloud service

Metal coatings are used in many industries and are applied to objects for decorative purposes (e.g. mirror finish, gold colour), to increase corrosion resistance, improve solderability, increase hardness, reduce friction and wear, and more.

To ensure that the thickness of the coating applied is sufficient to give parts and components the desired properties, without wasting material by applying too thick a layer, plating companies need to control their process and check the end products meet specifications.

Coating thickness measurement based on X-ray fluorescence (XRF) is a widely accepted and industry-proven analytical technique. Handheld XRF offers total versatility: you can take the analyser to where testing is needed.

Why choose the X-MET8000?

  • Simple operation: the X-MET’s intuitive user interface provides “point and shoot” analysis; minimal user training required
  • Fast and non-destructive analysis: make process change decisions fast; no scratch or other damage on the tested parts; no waste
  • Versatile: analyse coated and uncoated parts as well as plating solutions
  • Ideal for the testing of heavy and bulky items
  • Robust: IP54 rated (sealed against dust and splash water), and tested to MIL-STD 810G for ruggedness, the X-MET is designed to work in harsh environments

Handheld X-ray Fluorescence (HHXRF) is often used in the process for authentication, conservation and restoration of art and historical artefacts. It is a non-invasive technique that can help identify inks, pigments, ceramics, bronzes and other alloys in seconds, without the need for sampling or preparing the tested piece. The analysis can indicate the date and/or provenance of an object or piece, for example by identifying specific pigments in a porcelain glaze that would only have been used during a particular time period. Handheld XRF analysis can also help ascertain if, and which part of, an object has been restored, by checking the elemental composition over the surface of the object, and easily pin-pointing differences.

Why choose the X-MET8000?

  • Superior performance: fast analysis and low detection limits for the reliable identification of trace elements
  • Versatile: perform qualitative and quantitative analysis of a wide range of materials; use the X-MET’s standard calibrations, or create your own to match your specific requirements
  • Integrated camera: position the X-MET accurately on the object to test
  • Optional small-spot collimator (3mm diameter): isolate small features from surrounding material for pin-point analysis accuracy
  • Wide range of radiation safety accessories

Handheld X-ray Fluorescence (HHXRF) analysers are commonly used to test jewellery and other precious metal items (e.g. coins, silverware) to verify authenticity and determine monetary value. The high price of precious metals such as gold (Au) and platinum (Pt) means that a small difference in their contents means a large difference in the product’s value. HHXRF offers many benefits: it is fast, non-destructive (no scratch or damage to the tested item, no loss of material), and delivers multi-element analysis of large and small precious metals items.

 Why choose the X-MET8000?

  • Fast and accurate: high analysis throughput, for maximised productivity and profitability
  • Versatile: analyse valuable metals, impurities and toxic elements (e.g. Pb and Cd) to identify potentially harmful pieces
  • Fully portable: compact and light (1.5kg with battery), the X-MET8000 can be transported and used anywhere anytime. The light stand fits in the analyser’s transport case.
  • Easy to use: intuitive user interface; minimum user training required
  • Optional integrated camera and small-spot collimator: know what you’re testing

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X-MET8000 Smart
  • X-ray tube : 40kV
  • X-ray tube filters: Single
  • Detector: Large area SDD
  • Max. sample temperature : 400ºC
  • IP54 rating
  • Protection against detector window damage : Thick Kapton® window
  • Calibrations : Standardless (FP)
  • Integrated camera (Optional)
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X-MET8000 Optimum
  • X-ray tube : 40kV or 50kV
  • X-ray tube filters: Single
  • Detector: Large area SDD
  • Max. sample temperature : 100ºC or 400ºC with HERO™ heat resistant window (optional)
  • IP54 rating
  • Protection against detector window damage : Optional window shield
  • Calibrations : Standardless (includes light elements analysis)
  • Integrated camera (Optional)
  •  Small-spot collimator (Optional)
  • 6-position filter wheel for the optimised analysis of all elements from Mg to U
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X-MET8000 Expert
  • X-ray tube : 50kV
  • X-ray tube filters: Single
  • Detector: Large area SDD
  • Max. sample temperature : 100ºC or 400ºC with HERO™ heat resistant window (optional)
  • IP54 rating
  • Protection against detector window damage : Optional window shield
  • Calibrations : Standard + automatic selection of empirical calibrations (traceable to certified reference materials)
  • Integrated camera
  •  Small-spot collimator (Optional)
  • 6-position filter wheel for the optimised analysis of all elements from Mg to U
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