The BTX Compact Benchtop XRD System by Olympus NDT

The BTX Benchtop XRD System is a quick, economical, benchtop XRD for full phase ID of minor, major and trace components as well as quick XRF scan of elements Ca to U. Its innovative, minimal sample prep method and sample chamber enable quick bench top analysis rivaling the performance of huge costly lab units.

The BTX Benchtop X-ray Diffraction/X-ray Fluorescence is the first combined XRD/XRF instrument that has been designed with ease of use in mind. BTX is suted from an educational environment to the rigors of a QC application. Based on the proven reliable design of Terra, the company’s field portable XRD/XRF instrument, BTX features the same performance level but without the aspects of a portable instrument. The technology used in the portable rock and mineral analyzer received a prestigious R&D 100 award and was chosen to fly on the Mars Science Laboratory Rover scheduled for launch in 2011.

The BTX is a compact combination XRF/XRD system especially developed for powder analysis. Now XRD work can really be done in an easy to use, small footprint, low cost configuration. With the BTX patented sample handling system, not only is sample preparation time minimized, but accuracy in peak identification previously only available using large and expensive laboratory based systems can now be achieved.

Key Features/Benefits

  • Self-contained instrument - battery operated
  • Simple sample preparation
  • Loose powders (~20mg of sample)
  • Sieve sample to <150µm
  • Convenient single button operation
  • True 2D powder XRD instrument
  • Provides image of XRD pattern
  • Energy discrimination X-ray detector
  • Eliminate Fluorescence, scatter and other background
  • XRF spectral data for pattern confirmation


The applications of the BTX are:


  • Rapidly ID counterfeit pharmaceuticals
  • Quick, non-destructive fingerprinting of drug formulations & precursors
  • Test for presence and quantity of active and inactive, foreign or substitute ingredients
  • Fast XRD screening ensuring patient safety and safeguards legitimate pharmaceutical manufacturers' branding


  • Quickly & easily check feed & fertilizer formulations and metal content
  • Ensure labeled ingredients match actual content
  • Quantify amending (active) ingredients, inert ingredients and forms (compounds)
  • Confirm gypsum & lime content
  • Minimize financial penalties by assuring manufacturer & regulatory tests are within investigational allowance


  • Rapidly ID hazardous materials for local & global security
  • Identify explosives, fusing materials & accelerants
  • ID & quantify suspected hazardous materials
  • Quickly identify asbestos containing insulation
  • NIOSH & EPA XRD Methods for chrysotile identification

Mining & Ores

  • Iron Ore
  • Calcite in Coal
  • Potash
  • Limestone & Cement


  • Mudlogging
  • Pipelines - BTX Smart Sense

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