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In-field analysis of Li, Be, B, C, Na, F. Lithium in hard rocks and brines. High sensitivity to other major elements Mg, Si, Al, Ca, K. Map elemental distribution using GeoChem Pro.


Smallest, fastest, most precise handheld available, with the most powerful X-ray tube. Perfect for gold pathfinders, transition and heavy metals. World’s only HH XRF optimized for rare earth elements.

Built on the Android operating system, SciAps instruments operate with the ease of a smart phone using app-based software that assures quality testing by every operator. Built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with GPS capability, allow users to print, email, and connect to virtually any information management system for real-time results and full-featured reporting. Automatically merge XRF and LIBS tests with SciAps Cloud Services, and easily manage operations from anywhere.

Meet the world’s only handheld that analyzes lithium in soils, ores and brines.

Z-901 Lithium LIBS: The world’s only handheld analyzer capable of measuring lithium in rocks, ores, powders and brines for instant, in-field analysis.

Z-902 Lithium LIBS: A second spectrometer extends the analytical range (approximately 200 nm – 690 nm) for users additionally testing brines for boron, magnesium, sodium, and perhaps other metals.

Z-903 LIBS: Flagship geochemistry for those who require full elemental coverage, from H to U. Spectrometers spanning 190 – 950 nm measure low atomic number elements that X-ray can’t, including beryllium, boron, carbon, fluorine and sodium, plus the many transition and heavy metals that X-ray also measures.

In-field micro-analysis of rocks, veins, inclusions — another benefit

of SciAps handheld LIBS

The Geochem Pro App now delivers groundbreaking microanalysis of rocks in the field.

The corresponding LIBS element distribution map for Fe shows excellent correlation with the XFM map and using third party software such as Reflex ioGAS, contouring, RGB mapping and advanced analysis of data can be quickly and easily performed in the field.

An X-ray fluorescence map (XFM) for Fe. SciAps handheld LIBS now allows targeted microanalysis of geological samples in the field.

*Australian Synchrotron’s x-ray fluorescence microprobe (XFM) data courtesy of Shaun Barker (University of Waikato) and Jeremy Vaughan (Barrick).

A whole new world of analysis

Discover sophisticated tools with the power to create advanced analytical methods.

The Geochem App

Traditional bulk sample analysis

SciAps handheld LIBS with the Geochem App offers quantitative testing on a more comprehensive element suite than XRF. Analyze samples using factory calibrations or build your own user-defined calibrations using SciAps Profile Builder software for PC or tablet. SciAps Geochem App allows easy collection of metadata, conversion of element to oxide, user selectable units of measurement between ppm and percent.

The Geochem Pro App

Ground-breaking in-field micro-analysis for geological materials

Map elemental distribution within minerals, veins and inclusions. Create and export element maps, spectral data at individual locations and import data into third-party software (ioGAS) for advanced analysis of data.

Where’s the gold?

Elemental deportment mapping using handheld LIBS

The use of micro-analytical techniques to better understand mineralization has become more widespread as laboratory equipment capable of discrete analysis has evolved. It is now possible to map elemental distribution in geological samples in the field using a handheld analyzer. While handheld and portable XRF analyzers can be used effectively to measure many pathfinder and major element in the field, SciAps LIBS offers complementary and unique capabilities to enhance conventional field investigations and presents new opportunities.

Handheld LIBS

Breakthrough technology

The acceptance of handheld LIBS for in-field geochemistry is accelerating, as noted in new independent studies, and the SciAps Z features the most advanced LIBS technology of any handheld. Integrated argon gas purge (optional) yields better limits of detection for many elements compared to air-based analysis. Internal 3D stage raster the laser allowing for surgical analysis of inclusions or veins if desired, all easily viewed through the integrated camera and laser targeting.

SciAps LIBS measures low atomic number elements that X-ray can’t, including Li, Be, B, C, F, Na, plus the many transition and heavy metals that X-ray also measures. LIBS is an optical technique and is therefore very sensitive to the low atomic number elements. No X-rays means no travel restrictions or licensing headaches.

The Z analyzes elements FPXRF can’t

And offers greatly improved analysis of several major elements

Z-903 uses the same powerful as SciAps other Z-900 models, but with an extended spectrometer range from 190 nm out to 950 nm to deliver full periodic table coverage. Includes low atomic number elements that X-ray can’t, such as beryllium, boron, carbon, fluorine, and sodium. Read the specifications.

Z-901 Lithium is purpose-built for measuring Li in rocks and brines. Z-902 Lithium includes an extended spectrometer range, for those users who need to additionally measure boron, magnesium, sodium,and perhaps other metals in brines. Field successes and testimonials keep rolling in…

Rugged? One of our X-550s just took a 35-foot fall—and was still testing! Now, that’s the definition of durable.

Handheld XRF

A new performance standard

Weighing less than three pounds with battery in an aerospace-grade aluminum body, SciAps X-500 Series is re-engineered to be more intuitive and capable than ever. Collect and interpret better quality data faster, process more samples, and make critical decisions with confidence.

Especially designed for core analysis or any application requiring high-volume manual testing; compatible with third-party data visualization packages including IoGAS, Leapfrog; and Android-based for global connectivity with on-board camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth.

Low-atomic number elements Mg, Al, Si, P, S, K, Ca
Transition/pathfinder elements Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Sr, Rb, Zr, Nb, Mo, Te, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Ba
Heavy metals Ta, W, Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, U

X-550 premium performance begins with the 5.5W X-ray tube, delivering best-in-class light element performance for ultra low detection limits of elements like Si, P, S, Mg and Al. Need optimal performance on rare earth elements or gold pathfinders like Ag or Sb? The X-550 has an optional 50 kV Mining calibration for even better LODs on these heavier elements. This X-ray tube combined with the latest large area silicon drift detector technology and super tight X-ray geometry yields fast, precise results even on the hardest elements to measure with handheld XRF. Read the specifications.

X-555: The latest version of SciAps flagship X-500 series delivers the most advanced X-ray tube technology available, led by a 55 kV X-ray tube – the world’s only handheld XRF with this capability. The 55 kV operation, rather than the industry typical 50 kV, delivers higher performance for critical “light” and some “heavy” REEs, making it a superior option for REE analysis. Read the specifications.

In-line XRF: Now available in a handle-less version to be used with the popular GERDA automated table sampling system to automatically scan thousands of samples per day . Read more….

Tune and Customize your Laser and X-ray Calibrations with Profile Builder

Profile Builder

Unleash the Power of SciAps Analyzers

SciAps Profile Builder frees you from reliance on factory generated calibrations and methods. Tune and customize your calibrations to local geochemistry with Profile Builder for XRF and LIBS. Profile Builder is loaded with common industry certified reference materials (CRMs with assays) and users may add more. View calibration curves, generate new ones, build highly customized models for your own elements of interest. Overlay and compare spectra and more.

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The X and Z can be operated as simple, point-and-shoot analyzers with factory calibrations, or as sophisticated tools with the power to create advanced analytical methods – you decide.

Can your handheld analyzers do this?

Connectivity &
SciAps Cloud Services

Data management, reporting and results sharing like you’d never thought possible on a handheld analyzer.
  • Cloud Services: View and store all of your data from drill core and mapping in one location — no need to store your data on multiple computers, or waste time retesting your samples. Test results are automatically uploaded to a secure cloud site, and can be viewed, edited and downloaded from browser software.
  • Fleet management tools: Let your team share and review the data from analyzers anywhere in the world
  • Data merge & custom reports: Automatically merge data from XRF and LIBS  into a single report, customized with your company logo, layout, etc. Download data directly, print (even via Wi-Fi), and done.
  • Advanced plotting utilities, incl. SciAps Downhole Plots
  • Testing in the field in Australia.
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    Real time viewing, anywhere in the world.

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