Z-200 LIBS Analyzer

The most advanced, highest performance handheld LIBS Platform.

The Z-200 offers point-and-shoot simplicity of operation for the metals, mining and other industrial testing or QC applications. It’s also an advanced spectrometer with sophisticated analytics and calibration model building software. The Z-200 uses a pulsed laser, 5-6 mJ/pulse, 50 Hz repetition rate. It is the world’s only handheld LIBS with integrated argon purge, allowing the analyzer to be operated in both air-based analysis for quick screening, or argon-purge for highly sensitive, precise measurements. It features an on-board camera and laser targeting so you can view the sample and precisely aim where the laser will strike. For the metals testing industry the Z-200 is equipped with factory calibrations for the major metal bases, and a large alloy grade library. Users may use the ProfileBuilder desktop software package to add or modify calibrations. For the mining industry, the Z-200 is widely used to complement XRF analysis, mainly to quantify either elements XRF cannot measure such as Li, Be, B, C, Na (for fluorine see the Z-300) or for the microanalysis capability available in the Geochem Pro App available with the Z. For more research or academic oriented users, the Z offers great flexibility. The spectrometer may be run in either gated or ungated mode, without or without argon purge. The raster pattern may be varied as well as the focal distance. Individual spectrum from each laser shot may be analyzed. Applications abound for the Z including food, agriculture testing, pharma for validating raw materials, forensics investigations, anti-counterfeiting, art/artifact authentication, and a variety of industrial quality control and inspection needs.

Analytical Range

One or more lines from all elements except H, F, Cl, Br, N, O, Rb, Cs, S


190 nm – 625 nm

SciAps Z-200 LIBS Analyzer

Capable of Measuring Every Element
Except H, F, Br, Cl, O, N Rb, Cs, S

List of elements the Z-200 LIBS analyzer can measure

Z-200 for Scrap Metal Sorting

The Z-200 is configured to analyze all variety of alloy bases. Laser is particularly good for aluminum alloys due to the superior analysis (compared to X-ray) for magnesium and silicon. Laser will also measure lithium (Li), beryllium (Be) and boron (B) in alloys. X-ray cannot measure these alloys at all. Other scrap advantages for the Z include minimal or no grinding due to the Z’s high energy laser, high frequency laser for rapid surface cleaning. This is particularly advantageous for aluminum alloys since the Z burns through anodizing, unlike X-ray. The Z also eliminates travel and regulatory burdens that are inherent with X-ray. Finally, the Z-200 is great on ferrous alloys and the Z-200 C+ offers carbon analysis as well.

Z-200 for NDT and PMI

The Z-200 is a great solution PMI if your focus is iron base materials, low silicon in carbon steels, flow accelerated corrosion. The Z-200 can be calibrated for all the various alloy bases, but performs best (compared to X-ray) on aluminum and iron base. The Z is now accepted for low silicon analysis in carbon steels for sulfur units by at least one major oil refiner.

The 3 “Must Have’s” for Alloys & Other Materials Analysis


Argon Purge

The Z is the ONLY handheld LIBS with an integrated, user-replaceable argon purge. As any OES user will attest to, operating in an argon purge environment delivers 10x or more intensities, thus yielding far superior precision and limits of detection compared to air-based LIBS. In fact a major reason why the Z-200 can precisely analyze fine distinctions in aluminum alloys, and stainless, iron base and nickel superalloys, is due to the precision advantage from argon purge. Also available are larger belt-mounted canisters (4x the volume). Users may also connect the Z to industry standard stationary argon tanks with our optional package of bridge regulator and tubing.

Z-200 LIBS analyzer argon purge


Cleaning Mode

Dirty scrap? Oxidized or dusty metal components? The Z features novel cleaning mode to eliminate the need for grinding or surface prep – a critical requirement and something no other handheld laser unit offers. Cleaning mode fires the laser at 50 Hz (50 shots/second). After 0.2 sec 10 laser blasts have obliterated surface contamination, then the Z takes data from the cleaned surface. The Z delivers the same answer whether the surface is clean or dirty! For carbon testing sample prep is always required.

piece of scrap metal


Rastered 2D Laser

LIBS has been around for about 30 years in a laboratory package, and there’s been hundreds of scientific papers published about the technology. It’s well established that to obtain the best precision, the analyzer should test several locations on the sample, and average the results. The best explanation we’ve seen is that the laser is so focused (50 um) that even for alloys, the device should average several spots. This “must have” from the research community is fully integrated into the Z. It automatically moves the laser to several different locations on the sample in tenths of a second and averages the result.

Laser raster


4 lbs with battery


8.25″ x 11.5″ x 4.5″


5″ color touchscreen Smartphone type display – PowerVR SGX540 3D graphic

Sample viewing

On-board camera/video for viewing sample before, during analysis, laser spot finder to show where laser strikes sample.


Z-direction stage, computer controlled for manually or automatically adjusting laser focus location on sample. Essential for liquids analysis.

Comms/Data Transfer

Wifi, Bluetooth, USB. Connectivity to most devices, including SciAps ProfileBuilder PC software.

Available Apps

Alloy, Geochem (Mining), Empirical, Environmental Apps. New Apps are added regularly please check with company or website.

Excitation Source

5-6 mJ/pulse, 50 Hz repetition rate, 1064 nm laser source

Processing Electronics

ARM Cortex -A9 dual-core / 1.2 GHz Memory: 1 GB DDR2 RAM, 1 GB NAND

Spectral Data Acquisition

Spectral data collected in either ungated or gated operation, with user settable gate delays

Operation/Argon Purge

On-board, user replaceable argon cartridges for operating in argon purge environment. Air-based operation optional. Argon canister provides approximately 600 tests before replacement.

Laser Raster

On-board XY stage for rastering laser to discrete locations for targeted analysis or averaging. Raster pattern up to 16 x 16 grid, 256 locations.

Calibration Check

Internal shutter is also 316 stainless for totally automated calibration and wavelength scale validation.


On board rechargeable Li-ion battery, rechargeable inside device or with external charger, AC power.

Drift Correction

Only needed for higher accuracy analysis (argon purge). Automated drift correction using factory provided or user provided reference materials.

Grade library (alloy)

500+ grades, multiple libraries supported, grades may be added on analyzer or via PC software package (ProfileBuilder).

Data Storage

Results Storage: 8 GB SD


Password protected usage (user level) and internal settings (admin).


CE, RoHS, USFDA registered. Class 3b laser. Sample sensor on-board, allows for operation under Class 1 conditions, subject to local LSO approval. CE, RoHS, USFDA registered.

This page was updated on January 26th, 2018