New PMI One Box Options

SciAps NDT/PMI

Now SciAps offers attractive packages combining our award-winning LIBS carbon analyzer and our X-ray gun. With these packages, you can identify every alloy you’ll ever need for your program or clients.

Contact us for some great package deals!

SciAps makes the leading handheld XRF analyzer for alloy verification, providing fast, precise results for phosphorous, sulfur, and transition and heavy metals. Together with our breakthrough LIBS to measure carbon, SciAps provides the industry-leading combination for handheld analysis: A compact, affordable package with shared accessories like batteries, charger and cables, running on Android OS with the ease of a smartphone.

Optimal performance for virtually every alloy and element, for less money than a comparable spark OES system.


Select an industry-leading XRF:

  • X-550: Most powerful X-ray tube, delivers  best speed on Si for sulfidic corrosion, and fastest analysis of P, S, Mg, Al and Si in general. For PMI engineers who need high performance for low atomic number measurement applications including sulfidic corrosion, sulfur and phosphorus, and for residuals analysis per API 751 and 5L specifications.
  • X-505: Second only to the X-550. For PMI engineers who need the precision and performance of X-550, but don’t need the speed. Fast on all alloys, including Al. Runs all day without requiring down time, even in hot climates.
  • X-50: Same as X-505, but no calibrations for Al, Mg, P, S, Si. For many basic PMI activities, operators need to test stainless, Cr/Mo steels, some common Ni and Co alloys, and maybe some titaniums. And of course carbon (for carbon equivalents, residuals or
    L-grade stainless).

The world’s lightest, smallest, fastest, high precision family of XRF analyzers, under 3 lbs. and lightning fast. Most tests are completed in 1 second. Do you have more complicated applications? Pre-configured on-board apps for PMI, aluminum, low residuals, silicon and more assure quality application testing by every operator.

XRF is the preferred tool for high temp alloys, and for elements contributing to carbon equivalents (CE), residuals, and stainless steel grades: V, Mn, Cr, Ni, Cu, Nb, Mo. But: XRF does not measure carbon and therefore no carbon equivalents, no separation of L- and H-grade stainless, nor can you use the more forgiving low RE formula (Ni + Cu) < 0.15%.

Pair it with breakthrough LIBS:

  • Z-901 Dual-Burn: The world’s only analyzer that offers all-in-one air-burn for rapid material sorting or grade identification, and argon-purge for high precision and improved detection limits. Many customers use argon-purge to analyze and sell mill-ready aluminum scrap. Quantify low ppm levels of beryllium and boron.
  • Need to measure lithium in alloys? Use Z-902, with extended range to 625 nm to measure Li emission.
  • Need to measure carbon in steels and stainless—including verifying L- and H-grade stainless? Use SciAps Z-902 C, in use globally for measuring carbon and other alloying elements in steels, stainless and nickel alloys. Dedicated Pipeline App addresses carbon and CE work especially for API specification 5L.
  • Just need to add carbon measurements? Z-901 CSi is a compact little handheld dedicated ONLY to C and Si in steels, including L-grade stainless. The perfect economical tool for XRF operators who only need the occasional carbon measurement.

SciAps breakthrough LIBS technology is accepted at most every major refinery, and in use worldwide by fabricators, pipeline owner/operators, power plants and other users of carbon steels and L- and H-grade stainless. And it delivers microanalysis capability with 100 um laser spot size — even non-destructive tube end analysis.

Cloud-driven data merge brings it all together in one report, combining carbon and silicon from the LIBS with metals from the XRF. Meets multi-test averaging protocols required by some refineries and pipeline operators.


SciAps Cloud Data Merge_LIBS XRF


X-ray vs. Laser – What’s the Deal?

SciAps Z Series was the first handheld analyzer in the world to measure carbon (and other low atomic number elements like lithium, boron, beryllium). The Z can be calibrated for all the major alloy bases and alloying elements, allowing the use of a single analyzer for all your PMI work. That said, today’s XRF guns offer outstanding performance on transition and heavy metals. These are the sweet spot for X-ray guns. The LIBS technique is simply not as precise on transition and heavy metals as X-ray.

Many inspectors revert to X-ray guns to PMI their stainless, nickel, Cr/Mo steels and other high temp alloys. If they need to verify L-grade or H-grade, they use the Z. Or, for carbon equivalents or residuals, they’ll use the Z. Residuals are a great application because the Z will measure C, Cr, Ni and Cu allowing the use of just Cr + Ni if carbon is < 0.15%. With the SciAps ONE BOX, you’ll have the complete set of tools for the most efficient, comprehensive PMI program on the plant. More about Carbon Testing with the Z.


See how SciAps analyzers are working on the job.

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