Analyze any Element in Virtually any Material

The Z is pre-configured for alloy and geochemical samples. And it is designed for much, much more. With our Empirical App and tablet software ProfileBuilder, users can build quantitative calibrations for practically any group of elements, for nearly every material type:

Catalysts and Powders

How does it Work?

First pick your Z.  Either the standard range Z-200 platform, or the extend range Z-500 platform:

Either platform includes our industry-leading software Apps for generating your own calibrations and testing methods

Standard range (Z-200 platform)

  • 190 nm – 625 nm
  • Provides optimal spectral intensities for all elements EXCEPT: H, N, O, Cl, Br, Rb, Ce, and K*
  • The only K intensity is a weaker line that is subject to an iron interference

Extended range (Z-300 platforms)

  • 190 nm – 950 nm (Extends range for optimal emission lines required for H, N, O, F, Cl, Br, Rb, Ce, S improved K)

Empirical App + ProfileBuilder: User Driven Calibration Software

Want to build your own elemental calibrations and generate quantitative results?

Our Empirical App and desktop/tablet ProfileBuilder software delivers all the tools you need.

The Z is more than just a handheld spectrometer. It also offers full calibration and method development software called ProfileBuilder. Run it on a PC, a laptop or a tablet. Users may enter assays of known materials for calibration, locate elemental lines after testing samples, calculate intensities and intensity ratios, perform spectral overlays, baseline subtractions and smoothing. Most users use known reference samples – often proprietary to their operations – to generate calibration curves for specific groups of elements. The calibrations are then easily pushed to the analyzer via USB or Wifi. Unknowns can then be tested for elemental chemistry using the calibration curves developed. ProfileBuilder supports polynomial fits to relate measured intensity ratios or intensities, to concentrations.

Profile Builder Screen Alloy mode

Z screenshot Ti Al spectra

Empirical App

Once you’ve developed a calibration, simply save it to the analyzer. The calibration is loaded into the device and can be chosen when you start up the Empirical App. Shoot unknowns for immediate quantitative results using the calibration you developed.

Element Pro App for Qualitative Testing

Analyzing the Periodic Table of Elements just got faster, better and portable!

How ElementPro Works

Test any sample, no calibrations needed.

After a few seconds, the Z examines the spectral data, and searches the on-board proprietary library of LIBZ emission lines and relative emission strengths built for the entire Periodic Table of the Elements. As shown above the Z displays the list of all elements found in the sample, with a “likelihood” rating and an estimated relative abundance. Elements that have a high probability of being present, because most or all of their emission lines were detected, are in green.

Test any material to determine what elements are present in the sample, and estimated relative abundances. If you’re using the Z-500 platform you’ll be able to analyze for the presence of every element in the Periodic Table. If you want to get quantitative analysis, them use ProfileBuilder to generate calibration curves.

Questions? We have a full applications staff ready to assist you.

Element pro software icon

The Z combines an XY user-controllable laser raster along with integrated high-resolution camera

Small or Irregularly-shaped Samples?

The Z is the only handheld LIBS unit that offers both an XY user-controllable laser raster, Z-axis controlled focusing, and an integrated high-resolution camera. Users may setup and view the raster pattern, to analyze only specific locations within a sample.

For homogeneous (bulk) samples, the best LIBS results are obtained when the laser beam is moved to multiple locations on the sample, and averages the results over multiple locations. The Z was designed with a computer controlled XY stage to move the laser beam in two dimensions and automatically rasters and averages data.

What is cleaning? The Z may be configured to fire multiple laser shots at the same location, thus burning off surface contamination including dirt, oils, corrosion, etc., prior to data-taking shots. With our unique high-speed laser pulsing, the Z can often burn through coatings or platings, allowing for both the plating and the underlying substrate to be analyzed separately. The Z is totally user-settable for one or more cleaning shots, followed by repeat data shots, and XY rastering to a new location on the sample. For many samples, cleaning shots are critical to obtaining repeatable, precise analysis.

This page was updated on December 6th, 2016