Raman analysis is an easy to use, entirely non-destructive technique for verifying polymers.  SciAps has an analyzer that best suits your price/performance requirements.

Each sysFINGER-PRINTplasticstem can store 1000s of molecular signatures (for new materials, and proprietary materials) or “fingerprints” for identification, and we get you started with a library of common plastics.  Laser light is shined on an unknown polymer which yields a fingerprint that is characteristic of a particular plastic.  The analyzer searches the on-board library to find the matching fingerprint, and displays the correct polymer type for the sample. The analyzers are highly customizable- users can easily add new fingerprints  from the PC with the ReporteR, or directly on the unit from the Inspector  for new or proprietary materials.

Quality Control, Process Plastics

Different formulations of plastic materials have proliferated, as have the regulatory requirements for verification.  The SciAps Raman family of analyzers let you avoid placing all your faith on material certs, while removing the time and on-going expense of laboratory testing.

Medical, Surgical, Food Industry Specialty Plastics

The emergence of high-performance plastics, has increased the need to test all incoming and WIP materials for compliance.  Examples include polysulfanates (PSO) and polyphenylsufone (PPSU).  The Inspector 500 provides non-destructive material verification – even through transparent sterilization bags.

Test the materials right at the loading dock or incoming inspection area, before they contaminate your process.


Imagine testing a delivery truckload on-the-spot, to verify the type of plastic.  And testing pieces from all locations in the truck – at the bottom of the load in addition to a few “representative” samples from the top.  The SciAps analyzers put the power of instant material sorting in the hands of virtually any level of operator regardless of technical background.
The Inspector and Reporter are great tools for recycling facilities.  There are often significant price differences between different grades of plastic.  Or mixed material can be quickly separated into specific grades for order fulfillment.  Both the Reporter and Inspector offer very cost effective sorting solutions.  



The Reporter is ideal for smaller facilities, that typically encounter the most common 25-50 types of plastic.  It’s waterproof, dustproof, and highly shock resistant, making it a great tool for a typical recycling operation.

Inspector 300

The Inspector 300 features the standard 785 nm laser, with up to 300 mW of power.  For many applications, the 300 is the perfect balance between good performance and lower pricing compared to other handheld Raman analyzers. It meets industry expectations for resolution, signal/noise and analytical capability. The unit is designed for easy one-handed operation. It’s waterproof, dustproof and highly shock resistant. The comfortable thumb-wheel allows operation with gloves or other protective wear, without requiring the touchscreen for control.  It’s designed to be washable and cleanable to avoid cross-contamination for testing different types of materials. The Inspector 300 is equipped with on-board chemometrics and is compatible with common 3rd party packages.

Inspector 500 for Advanced Raman Analysis

In some cases, high fluorescence makes material analysis impossible with the more common 785 nm laser.  For these cases, SciAps offers the Inspector 500.  The 500 is equipped with a unique 1030 nm laser that suppresses fluorescence while still yielding strong Raman signals.  It retains the portability and ease-of-use of the 300 but can analyze every Raman-active compound. It is particularly effective on cellulose-based compounds that tend to blind standard 785 nm systems with fluorescence. The fluorescence-beating Inspector 500 will do 100% of the job!


It’s the most compact, toughest Raman analyzer in the world.  It is IP67 and MilSpec 810g rated.  The ReporteR is designed for the field.  It handles many common material ID applications, at less than half the price of other Raman handhelds.  If your application requires the identification of up to 100 compounds, that aren’t highly fluorescing, the ReporteR may be the best option for performance and pricing.  And, if your requirements become more demanding, SciAps offers flexible trade-in programs to Inspector models.  Used worldwide by security and law enforcement agencies for instantly identifying suspect compounds.

This page was updated on July 27th, 2016