Bruker launches handheld XRF elemental analyser

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Bruker's TRACER 5i Handheld XRF Elemental Analyzer
Bruker's TRACER 5i Handheld XRF Elemental Analyzer
Bruker has introduced a handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) elemental analyser.

The firm said TRACER 5i is more sensitive, flexible and field interactive while retaining the analytical software the previous model has been recognized for.

It is capable of analyzing sample types including liquids, slurries, powders, soil, sediment, sludge, cellulose, polymers, paper, solids, metals and alloys.

­The TRACER 5i covers from point-and-shoot testing to advanced applications and research in fields such as food safety and agriculture to analyze the elemental composition and identify standard or complex materials.

It retains the ability to use an air, vacuum or helium beam path and interactive control of the measurement excitation conditions for data collection, especially for light elements, such as sodium.

PC software preserves the ARTAX analytical software features for complex materials and incorporates EasyCal​ software to provide simple correlation fits for standard materials. 

The device has a more powerful tube and detector, an automated filter wheel and a manual filter slot, selectable collimation, patented SharpBeam geometry, pressure and temperature compensation, an internal VGA CMOS camera and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity.

Terry Smith, director of R&D for Bruker's Handheld-Mobile-Portable XRF business, said the original TRACER provided the trained user with more capability than traditional point-and-shoot handhelds.

“Our experienced handheld XRF development team is excited to launch the new TRACER 5i which incorporates user experience suggestions from TRACER customers with particularly complex and varied measurement requirements."

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