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New Olympus XRF analyzer offers fast, affordable light element detection

Vanta Element-S model joins cost-effective, lightweight handheld XRF series

Vanta Element-S handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer

Olympus' new Vanta Element-S handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) analyzer is designed to deliver fast light element detection for scrap recycling, basic PMI, metal manufacturing and precious metals, effectively measuring ferrous metals, aluminum, copper, stainless steel, nickel and gold karats. 

These analyzers offer clear on-screen grade ID and comparison for the light elements Mg, Al and Si in seconds, and its SDD detector can distinguish similar alloy grades like 303 stainless steel from 304, and aluminum 6061 or 6063 from 1100.

The S model is also equipped with a silicon drift detector (SDD) to analyze light elements like magnesium (Mg), aluminum (Al), silicon (Si), sulfur (S) and phosphorus (P) in alloys.

For greater uptime and reliability, these analyzers are IP54 rated to resist dust and moisture and built to pass a 1.2 m (4-foot) drop test (MIL-STD-810G) to help protect from the occasional drop or jostle. Other protective features include a stainless-steel faceplate and a Prolene window with Kapton mesh support that easily sticks on and peels off for toolless window changes in the field. The analyzers continuously perform in temperatures from -10 °C to 45 °C (14 °F to 113 °F).
According to Olympus, Vanta Element-S analyzers come with the essential features the Vanta series is known for: speed, reliability, ruggedness, connectivity and smartphone-like ease of use. Weighing a slim 2.9 lb. (1.32 kg), the analyzer is up to the challenge of all-day testing for alloy and metal analysis. Powered by Olympus' proven Axon Technology, the S model brings the same high-count rate and stability as the rest of the Vanta series for fast results and ROI.
Olympus says optional wireless connectivity can help future-proof a handheld analyzer for Industry 4.0. Users can connect to the Olympus Scientific Cloud for wireless data sharing and access convenient fleet management tools, as well as the Olympus mobile app or a network. The analyzer also has a one GB microSD card to store results and two USB ports to easily export data. For added flexibility, the analyzer is compatible with accessories like the Vanta field stand, soil foot, probe shield and holster.

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