Itrax XRF Scanner MC
Itrax XRF Scanner MC is dedicated to scanning of samples for chemical elements from Na and heavier in drill cores and sediment cores. It offers the highest available scan speed combined with very good sensitivity. It is our latest construction, featuring cutting edge XRF with excellent performance, so that all found elements from bulk to trace level are determined in the best possible way and at the same time, even when it is challenged by a highly variable sample matrix.
This scanner is designed for routine scanning of large volumes of cores, offering smooth core handling and batch support. MC stands for Multi Core, and this scanner can be loaded with a batch of cores, whether in a core box or not. Cores with a length up to 1250 millimeters and a diameter up to 127 millimeters are accepted. An added sample width of up to 450 millimeters can be inserted at the time.
Itrax XRF scanners provides chemical element data that have a documented good accordance with traditional XRF analysis. Add to this the speed and minimized sample preparation that Itrax XRF scanning offers. Scan speed is optimized by the short time needed for a reliable measurement, and by the continuous, non contact scanning where no no stopping at each point to move the scan head up and down is required. While some scanners are still working on moving the scan device to the first measuring position, the MC scanner has analyzed several increments of a scan. And all elements of interest are determined simultaneously with highest sensitivity, without the need for time consuming multiple analyses at different voltages.
Itrax XRF Scanner MC can scan not only in a straight line along a sample, but can also be programmed to do perform different sections of a scan along parallell track, in order to avoid sample parts that contain damages. Each instrument is equipped with XRF and a RGB optical camera that registers detailed sample images. A laser distance meter determines the sample topography, allowing for analyses that are correct at each and every increment.
When in-depth scans with increments at millimeter level are in focus, Itrax offers a unique, cutting edge feature where the analytical speed and performance is maintained as increment size is decreased. For the XRF scanner MC, this means that the scan time of one second as well as the high data quality can be applied from centimeter increments and all the way down to 1 millimeter steps. Further improved resolution can be achieved by inserting a slit that limits the beam size.
The Itrax XRF Scanner MC is also equipped for analysis of tablets and powder samples in plastic cups, like in the photo below:
Batches of powder samples and pressed tablets can be analyzed for elements concentrations in powdered material, e.g. from hammer drilling. The software supports bar code, QR code and several other formats of sample tagging.
Another key feature of this scanner is that it is delivered with robust software for element quantification. It can handle large shifts in sample matrices and still deliver good quality quantitative estimates for any concentration, from trace level and up to the amounts found in mining and matrix elements. The ability to determine Na is also important for good quantitative results, with the given position of Na in Ternary plots.
The robust Itrax software makes it possible to handle the huge shifts in matrix compositions that often are the case in cores, with maintained good results. The software is straightforward and easy to use, while still flexible with user controlled analytical settings. Standard batch job settings can be stored in order to make it easy to initiate a standard batch job.
The analytical resolution is variable from 10-1 millimeter for maximum flexibility, so that the scanner can be adapted to different requirements. Standard XRF scan time for mineral drill cores is 100 seconds per meter, allowing for fast yet precise scans where the data can be described as amount per meter of the determined elements.
With a robust construction built for 24/7 operation, this XRF scanner works well in a permanent lab setup as well as in a lab container for field work.
You can read more about the use of this instrument under Applications, and you can download a PDF instrument leaflet under Downloads