Product News: Rigaku KT Series Improves Handheld LIBS Capabilities for Performance-Sensitive Metal and Alloy Industries

Upgraded handheld alloy analyzer for use in metal recycling, quality control and positive material identification applications

10 Nov 2017


Rigaku Analytical Devices, a leading pioneer of handheld and portable spectroscopic analyzers, has announced its previously released handheld laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) metal analyzer has been improved and is faster than before.  KT Series analyzers enable durable and accurate alloy identification for use in industrial environments and were demonstrated at the FABTECH Expo November 6-8, 2017 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL USA.  

The KT-100S is an upgrade to the previously released KT-100 LIBS analyzer, which was released in September 2015. The new KT-100S expands the use of handheld LIBS (HHLIBS) for use in more difficult applications, such as recycling, fabrication, aerospace, automotive and refineries, especially for the analysis and separation of most non-ferrous alloys.

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Designed to fill the performance and feature gaps of traditional analysis methods, such as handheld x-ray fluorescence (XRF), the KT-100S offers improved solutions for more convenient, on-the-spot identification of the most difficult alloys. By incorporating a second-generation spectrometer that produces higher throughput and better resolution, the user can expect better detection limits and the ability to analyzer more alloys.  This includes better precision for low alloy steels, stainless steels, as well as high temperature alloys and the added detection of lithium (Li).

Another major benefit to the user is that because the KT Series of handheld LIBS analyzers utilizes a laser excitation source, there is minimal to no regulatory licensing requirements.

“We are committed to continuously improving our handheld analytical capabilities,” said Bree Allen, President at Rigaku Analytical Devices.  “We built a solid reputation for handheld LIBS with the launch of our KT-100 analyzer in 2015, and now the KT-100S will exemplify the same innovation and quality the Rigaku brand is known for.”

Key features of the KT-100S include:

  • Excellent ergonomics and simple software interface: ease of use
  • Identifies light elements, as well as any base alloy with a 2-4 second analysis time: saves time and money
  • Built for the toughest environment with MIL-STD 810G certification: no costly repair bills / low cost of ownership
  • No x-ray radiation exposure: increased safety and minimal regulatory licensing
  • Long battery life: avoids interruptions