Element EDS System: Powerful Analytical Capability in a Compact Package

The Element Energy Dispersive Spectroscopy (EDS) System offers powerful analytical capability in a small package, improving flexibility and performance while providing streamlined operation to ensure ease of use and fast results. The system is targeted at the industrial market, where application specific issues must be solved in a fast and accurate manner.

An Element Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) combined with the easy-to-use APEX™ software offers a complete EDS microanalysis solution for all levels of analysis and high throughput industrial applications.

Element Silicon Drift Detectors

Designed with a silicon nitride (Si3N4) window, the Element SDDs optimize low energy X-ray transmission for light element analysis. The detectors have advanced low-noise electronics that provide excellent throughput performance. They also provide superior resolution.

The Element SDDs have a small footprint, which provides flexibility and ensures perfect geometry and data collection conditions. The detectors include a 30 mm2 chip and come with a manual slide.

Element SDD with manual slide

Element SDD with manual slide


Outstanding Light Element Results and Best Low Energy Performance

  • Figure 1 depicts a 5 kV spectrum of a cross-section of a printed circuit board (PCB) indicating a low energy Sn M peak in between C K and O K peaks of an epoxy.


The design of the SDDs together with the durability and materials properties of the Si3N4 window provides the most reliable and robust detectors for EDS applications. The exclusive module design means that they are:

  • Suitable for plasma cleaning
  • Shock and corrosion-resistant

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APEX™ Software Platform

APEX™ , the intuitive and user-friendly 64-bit software for the Element EDS System, has been specifically developed to meet industrial requirements. It is easy to use and delivers high end results. In addition, the APEX™ software simplifies compositional analysis, providing high-quality data processing with reliable and accurate results. The user interface can also be customized for a particular workflow, providing a range of colors, layouts, and data report formats.

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