Smaller and lighter than other handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyzers, the KT-100S from Rigaku Analytical Devices (Wilmington, MA) provides on-the-spot material identification in a ruggedized form designed for tough environments.
Driven by advancements in laser and spectrometer miniaturization and designed for durability per U.S. Military Standard 810G (MIL-STD-810) “Environmental Engineering Considerations and Laboratory Tests,” the KT-100S detects the most popular aluminum (Al) grades – 1100, 6061, and 6063 – as well as Al and silicon (Si) brasses and bronzes or Be in coppers.
Because metal is usually dirty and oxidized, the analyzer automatically burns through common imperfections to obtain a clean reading via a feature called Drill Down.
Elemental composition and grade identification are easy to obtain and read with the QuickID software’s rapid matrix selection and percentages displayed in simple “match/no match” format. Users can quickly add new alloys to the analyzer’s library. Images captured by its camera can be transferred into a report via USB or Wi-Fi.
The pistol-shaped analyzer enables one-handed operation via raised buttons or quick-launch navigation buttons located near the trigger. Tilt screen enables operator to read results in any light and can be operated as a touchscreen. Kick stand grab-and-go position provides added convenience.
Rigaku Analytical Devices, 30 Upton Drive, Suite 2, Wilmington, MA 01887, 855-785-1064, fax: 781-328-0119, email@example.com, www.rigaku.com.
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