Applications For Handheld XRF Analyzers

Chemical plant

Alloy Identification

When it comes to Positive Material Identification (PMI), Bruker provides a fast, easy and completely non-destructive analysis method for every metal component: XRF PMI guns. Whatever industry you are in, alloy component reliability, traceability, and safety are of the utmost importance.
TRACER 5 mounted to tripod and lateral arm

Handheld XRF for Art and Archaeometry

Bruker has become the defacto choice for art and archaeometry applications, thanks to its capacity for completely non-destructive elemental identification. This lends itself to a wide variety of uses, such as investigating non-uniform samples, determining the provenance of a valued object, or obtaining elemental data for geochemical survey.
CTX Benchtop XRF analysis of milk powder

Consumer Safety

The requirement to comply with a host of material restriction regulation like the 2006 European Union’s Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) directive and the CPSIA 2008 has driven manufacturers to find new and more efficient ways of testing components, finished goods and sub-assemblies for banned substances.
Soil sampling


Handheld XRF guns have become the instrument of choice for soils analysis when characterizing, remediating and monitoring contaminated soil sites. With just 30-60 seconds per sample, fast, accurate data can be obtained in hours rather than weeks, ensuring that your project meets its deadline and does not go over budget.
Food Safety & Agriculture

Food Safety and Agriculture

Safe and nutritious food is of primary concern to everyone, from the farm to the table. The recent prevalence of contaminants and adulterated, counterfeit or fraudulent food has led to an increase in public awareness and government regulations.

Fuel and Oil

Portable XRF solutions for elemental analysis of fuels, oils and other petrochemicals. Possible applications include sulfur in bunker fuel as per MARPOL, monitor oil blending and screen of wear metals and additives in lubrication oil.
Rock characterization with portable mineral analyzers

Portable Elemental Analysis of Minerals

Bruker’s portable and handheld XRF for minerals allows you to perform on-site real time element analysis of mineralogical and geological samples.

Materials Research

Portable XRF spectrometers for research and teaching: Because of its unique flexibility, the TRACER 5 XRF analyzer has become the defacto standard for art and archaeometry investigations. It is also a perfect choice for research and teaching applications.
Scrap yard

Scrap Metal Sorting

Sorting scrap metal used to be the job of experienced metal sorters, but that has all changed since the introduction of handheld XRF technology. Bruker provides a fast, reliable way of detecting the valuable content of scrap as well as detecting unwanted or "tramp" elements - without the need for highly-trained operators.