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LIBS vs XRF: comparing two technologies

For recyclers who sort metals and alloys, in applications where precise understanding of content and composition is paramount, X-ray fluorescence (XRF) based handheld analyzers have been the main tool employed for over a decade. In recent years, however, laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) technology has been used increasingly in metal recycling applications, especially with aluminum and other nonferrous metals, and for light elements. XRF is still considered by most to be the best option for applications in stainless steel and heavy metals, or for recyclers focused on plastics and e-waste sorting.

Analyzing the options of handheld analyzers

Scrap handling operations can be thrown into disarray when sorting isn’t done properly on the line. Whether it is metals being combined erroneously or tramp material being missed in the process, businesses need to ensure that their product – and their profit – is protected.

Handheld analyzer accessory protects unit’s detector window

Bruker Elemental’s new TITAN Detector Shield is a unique patent pending accessory that protects the TITAN handheld XRF's detector window from being punctured by sharp objects like scrap shavings and wires, while allowing rapid and accurate analysis of almost any material. This protective shield minimizes the chance that the detector will be damaged, thus avoiding the cost and hassle associated with the replacement of a broken detector window.

S1 TITAN handheld XRF analyzers

Bruker’s S1 TITAN handheld XRF analyzer is among the lightest (1.44 kg including battery) tube-based handheld XRF analyzers on the market today. The innovative S1 TITAN features an integrated touch-screen colour display, an up to 50 kV X-ray tube, Bruker’s proprietary, high-speed XFlash SDD detector with high energy resolution and light-element capabilities, and an ergonomic, yet tough housing that is sealed against humid and dusty environments.