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Handheld laser induced breakdown (LIBS) spectrometer

For fast and accurate alloy identification


Integrating LIBS technology into a durable, fit-for-purpose handheld platform, provides users with advantages that weren’t previously attainable, such as:

• Smallest & lightest handheld LIBS
Sort all of your common alloys with ease

• QuickID™ software
Identify more in less time

• Longest battery life
Avoid unscheduled downtime

• Durable, tested design
Built for your environment

Metals & alloys
Handheld LIBS

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Within seconds, the KT-100S handheld metal analyzer easily performs identification of the most difficult alloy grades. KT-100S utilizes laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) enabling durable and accurate alloy identification for use in:

  • Scrap metal sorting
  • Quality assurance in metal fabrication
  • Positive material identification (PMI) in mission-critical operations, such as aerospace and petrochemical

Advanced light element identification

LIBS is more sensitive and better suited for light element detection, such as aluminum (Al), magnesium (Mg), and beryllium (Be). However, reliable LIBS’ analysis of materials with these elements has been very limited and typically confined to a laboratory environment – until now. The handheld KT-100S metal analyzer represents recent technological advancements in laser and spectrometer miniaturization that has rapidly expanded the use of this technique into industrial operations. KT-100S offers an advanced method for easily identifying the most popular Al grades – 1100, 6061 and 6063 – as well as Al and silicon (Si) brasses and bronzes or Be in coppers.

In addition to the analytical performance of LIBS technology, KT-100S reduces the need for regulatory licensing and registration that previous generation analyzers were susceptible to.

Durable versatility

The handheld KT-100S LIBS analyzer is not only a superior aluminum analyzer, it delivers accurate identification of popular grades of stainless steel, nickel and titanium alloys, but now with the durability you can count on. KT-100S has successfully passed rigorous durability tests proving its capabilities in the harshest environments. To guarantee protection, KT-100S underwent strict testing to the United States Military Standard 810-G. These tests involved rigorous vibration, shock and drop testing to evaluate its durability and performance when exposed to environmental stress. In addition, its IP-54 rating and safety window protect against dusty and wet environments. As the first handheld analyzer to have passed these tests, it is truly optimized for rugged use. Thus, KT-100S reduces downtime and costs associated to instrument repair known to be common for traditional handheld metal analyzers.

Sophisticated ergonomics

The design and features of the KT-100S handheld LIBS analyzer put it in a class of its own. The ergonomics consist of a pistol-shape for optimal one-handed operation via use of raised buttons or by use of the ‘quick launch’ navigation buttons located near the trigger. The tilt screen allows for the ability to easily read results in any light and can also be operated as a touchscreen. KT-100S is also considerably smaller and lighter than traditional metal analyzers. The unique ‘kick stand’ as a ‘grab and go’ position, provides added convenience.

QuickID™ software

Offering a rapid matrix selection, chemical composition and grade identification is simple and easy to read with QuickID software of KT-100S handheld LIBS. Results are displayed in a simple “match/no match” format that alerts the user of the alloy identification, as well as the elemental composition percentages. Users have the ability to quickly add new alloys to a customized on-board library. KT-100S is also password-protected with an automatic “sleep mode” for improved safety and battery life. Its on-board camera captures images of the metal pieces being analyzed with the ability to transfer data into a report via USB or WiFi.

Drill Down sample surface preparation

The metal found in these types of industrial environments is usually dirty and oxidized. KT-100S features a patent pending Drill Down auto sample surface preparation capability. Users have the ability to ‘drill down’ dynamically and the analyzer will automatically burn through the common imperfections found in the metal to obtain a clean reading.

Product name KT-100S
Technique Laser induced breakdown spectrometry (LIBS)
Benefit Metal alloy grade analysis in seconds
Technology Handheld Laser induced breakdown spectrometry (LIBS)
Core attributes Rapid matrix selection, chemical composition and grade ID with no user input required; MIL-STD-810G certified rugged/drop tested for reduced repair costs, IP-54 rating for dust/water protection, Touchscreen and large button GUI; USB/WiFi connection
Core Accessories Docking station for battery charging, Holster for safe keeping when on the move, Rechargeable Li-ion battery for 6+ hours of continuous operation, Aluminum alloy verification sample
Computer N/A
Core dimensions 24.3 cm L x 8.4 cm W x 25.7 cm H (9.55” L x 3.30” W x 10.10” H)
Mass 1.5 kg / 3.25 lbs
Power requirements External battery charger: 100~240VAC

Learn more about our products at these events

Booth number Date Location Event website
WESTEC 2113 - Long Beach, CA Website
JIMA - Tokyo, Japan
Canadian Manufacturing Technology Show (CMTS2019) - Toronto, ON, Canada Website
Gulf Coast Conference (GCC 2019) - Galveston, TX Website
Lab Asia 2019 - Kuala Lampure, Malaysia Website
QC China - Shanghai, China
FABTECH Expo 2019 - Chicago, IL Website
ASNT 2101 - Las Vegas, NV Website
Power Gen 4015 - New Orleans, LA Website
Science Expo - Osaka, Japan

White Papers

The most successful and best suited for rapid identification of alloys in field has been Handheld X-Ray Fluorescence (HHXRF). However, the XRF has inherent difficulty in analysis of many important aluminum alloys as well as other alloys containing low atomic number elements such as lithium, beryllium, boron, silicon or magnesium. The common practice to overcome this deficiency has been use of Optical Emission Spectroscopy (OES) or – most recently – Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS). Both these techniques can analyze all alloys the XRF can and especially those the XRF cannot. Recent technological advancements made possible design of handheld analyzers based on LIBS which are especially well suited to analysis of aluminum alloys. In this paper we report on the design features of Rigaku’s KT-100S, micro-LIBS handheld analyser and discuss its performance in analysis and sorting of aluminum alloys, especially those containing light alloying elements such as Si, Li, Be, Mg.

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