XRF Screening

XRF screening is a method that allows for quick sorting of samples into categories, or quick identification of samples that require further analysis. Get in touch with Bruker today to speak to and expert about your XRF screening needs.

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Gold analysis at mine face
S1 TITAN handheld XRF analyzer for scrap metal
Sorting scrap with the S1 TITAN handheld XRF gun

XRF screening guns are used in a variety of industries for applications that require quick identification of samples that are out of specification, out of compliance, or difficult to distinguish from each other by sight. Some examples of XRF screening applications include:

  • Screening of children’s products for lead and other toxic elements. Quick pass/fail analyses are performed. Samples that fail this quick initial analysis are subjected to a longer analysis that attempts to quantify the lead or other heavy metal and/or are send out for destructive laboratory analysis.
  • Soil screening analysis at remediation sites. As described in the EPA 6200 method of site boundary delineation and data collection, soil is analyzed in-situ using a handheld XRF analyzer. In-situ results allow for determination of contamination boundaries, as well as identification of areas where samples should be collected, prepares, and reanalyzed for lab-quality quantitative analysis.
  • XRF screening for compliance with RoHS and other hazardous substance in electronics regulations. Screen a large number of samples in a short amount of time to quickly green-light compliant items and flag potentially problematic components.


Contact Bruker today to learn more about the XRF screening applications relevant to your business, and to identify the Bruker XRF instrument that will best meet your needs.

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