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Itrax XRF Scanner MC

Excellent performance

Itrax XRF Scanner MC is a cutting edge construction for scanning XRF of drill cores, for chemical elements from Na and all the way up to Uranium. It offers high scan speed combined with good sensitivity across the whole range of chemical elements. All found elements from bulk to trace level are determined at the same time, and with highest sensitivity. Itrax XRF excels when challenged by a highly variable sample matrix.

To the left a photo of Itrax XRF Scanner MC.

Dedicated to volume scanning

This scanner is designed for routine scanning of large volumes of cores, offering smooth core handling and batch job support. MC stands for Multi Core, and this scanner can be loaded with a set of cores, whether in a core box or not.

Photo: Drill cores samples from Boliden Minerals. 

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Cutting edge XRF

Itrax XRF scanners provide chemical element data in continuous scans. The data have a documented good accordance with traditional XRF analysis. Add to this the speed of analysis together with the minimal sample preparation needed. A drill core can be scanned with good results without further sample preparation. Scan speed is optimized by the short time needed for a reliable measurement, and by the continuous, non contact scanning where no stopping to move the scan head up and down at each point is required. All elements of interest are determined simultaneously in just one analysis, and with highest sensitivity. Quantification takes no extra time, and there is no need for calibration with standards for every analysis. In this new construction, the need for time consuming multiple analyses at different voltages is gone. The ability to determine Na is important for good quantitative results, and the trace element info that you get at the same time can provide so much proxy information.

Adapted to cores

Itrax XRF Scanner MC scans continuously, and can be programmed to scan different sections of a scan along parallel tracks, in order to avoid sample parts that contain damages, etc. Each instrument is equipped with high performance XRF and a RGB optical camera that registers detailed sample images. The sample topography is determined by a laser, allowing for analyses that have correct distance to the sample surface at each and every increment, without contact.

Always highest speed

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 a measuring time of one second per increment often can be applied from centimeter scale and all the way down to 1 millimeter, since the step size has no impact on the speed/data quality ratio.

Photo: Drill core boxes at Australian Laboratory Services lab in Malå, Sweden. 

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Ready for more than cores

The Itrax XRF Scanner MC is also equipped for  batch analysis of tablets and powder samples in plastic cups, like in the photo to the left.  The software supports bar code, QR code and several other formats of sample tagging for easy and safe sample ID.

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Strong software support

A 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 concentrations found for matrix elements. 

The software is straightforward to use. Standard batch job settings can be stored in order to make it easy to initiate a standard batch job over and over again. Software for data display of whole bore holes is also delivered with each instrument.

Overview and details

The analytical resolution is variable down to 1 millimeter, for maximum flexibility so that the scanner can be adapted to different applications. Standard XRF scan time for mineral drill cores is 100 seconds per meter, allowing for fast yet precise overview scans where the data can be described as amount per meter of the determined elements. Scans with small increments, like required for e.g. sedimentary materials, only take a few seconds per analytical point for determination of all elements Na-U.

Swedish quality seal

With a robust, high quality construction Made in Sweden, and built for 24/7 operation, this XRF scanner does a great job in a permanent lab setup, as well as in a lab container for field work.

Photo: Centre George Pompidou, Paris, France

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