The Z-901 CSi LIBS Analyzer

Several operators possess one or more XRFs for PMI or NDT. It tends to be their tool of choice for high-temperature alloys and for elements that contribute to residuals, carbon equivalents (CE), and stainless steel grades: Mo Nb, Cu, V, Ni, Mn, and Cr.

But XRF cannot quantify carbon and thus has no carbon equivalents, no isolation of L- and H-grade stainless, nor can users use the simpler low RE formula (Ni + Cu) < 0.15%. The CSi from SciAps is considered to be the ideal tool for operators who own XRF and require the occasional carbon measurement.

The CSi provides quick and reliable carbon results to complement XRF tests, at a reduced cost compared to the entire LIBS system for carbon plus alloys. Moreover, SciAps cloud-driven data merging and report generation combine it in a single report.

The CSi displays several silicon and carbon measurements, as well as the average. It satisfies multi-test averaging protocols needed by certain pipeline operators and refineries

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SciAps Breakthrough LIBS Technology is Now Widely Accepted for Carbon Testing

This technology features in the 2nd Edition of API 578, and it is accepted at most of the key refineries. It is used globally by pipeline operators or owners, fabricators, power plants, and other users of carbon steels and L- and H-grade stainless.

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Ultra Compact: At 3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg)

The CSi competes with the weight and size of a majority of the handheld XRF units. It is the world’s lightest, smallest, and sleekest analyzer for carbon analysis in alloys.

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Cloud-Based Integration of XRF and CSi Data

In general, the use of two analyzers means twice the reporting hassle. However, SciAps provides a cloud-based data merge and reporting tool that enables users to rapidly combine CSi and XRF data to generate reports integrating silicon and carbon from the LIBS with metals analysis from the XRF.

Users who use a different XRF brand can ask their supplier for the data structure of their data export and SciAps will integrate it into the SciAps Cloud package without any problem. Normally, the data structure complies with an industry standard and does not involve proprietary software.

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Z-900 Series LIBS Analyzers

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Model Spectrometers Range Elements Analyzed
Z-901 1 spectrometer 200 – 420 nm Factory calibrated with suites of 15-20 elements, app dependent. For some elements, model 902 or 903 is required.
Z-901 CSi 1 spectrometer 190 – 240 nm Analyzes carbon and silicon only. The perfect complement to your XRF.
Z-902 2 spectrometer 190 – 625 nm Adds emissions for Li, Na
Z-903 3 spectrometer 190 – 950 nm Adds emissions for H, F, N, O, Br, Cl, Rb, Cs and S

 

Factory calibrations do not contain every element, but are offered for a set of 15 to 20 elements based on the application. Radioactive and unstable elements are exceptions. Detection limits tend to differ significantly by element and sample type.

One Box

Users can couple any Z Series with the industry-leading XRF unit from SciAps and achieve maximum analysis for every element present in the periodic table and any sample type.

XRF: Best suited for heavy and transition metals. User-friendly particularly on soil, bulk, and ore type materials.

LIBS: Users can analyze elements that cannot be tested using XRF: Na, F, Li, B, Be, C, and more. Performance is better on K, Ca, and Mg when compared to XRF. Microanalysis ability with a laser spot size of 100 μm is available.

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