Delta Education & Research XRF Analyzer

Delta Education & Research XRF Analyzer Introduction

DELTA Research & Discovery Handheld XRF Analyzers are for elemental analysis of Mg to U, PPM to 100%. Analyze 25+ elements on location for immediate results when time is of the essence & materials can’t be transported, damaged, or altered. Calibration models, multiple spectra viewing, & optional PC & accessories for new levels of research and discovery.

Delta Education & Research XRF Analyzer Details

Overview

The global pursuit of knowledge, understanding and adventure is at the heart of a Discovery Quest. Olympus encourages and supports projects, be they for archaeology, cultural heritage, forensic anthropology, geo-science, public health or to simply pursue ideas, dreams and answers. Not only is handheld XRF an incredible research tool, it is also an amazing instructional tool. Imagine your students seeing the periodic table come to life in their hands, getting immediate answers to questions, understanding the benefits and liabilities of various sampling techniques, realizing the nuances of analysis variables, and raising their eyebrows when they realize you actually know what you’re talking about. Imagine the possibilities.

 

Series of images showing the Handheld Analyzer in the field

Series of images showing the Handheld Analyzer in the field

DELTA handheld XRF analyzers are used extensively by the commercial sector for fast and accurate answers that give an immediate return on investment, maintain quality of incoming and outgoing materials, and help meet regulatory health and well-being requirements. Handheld XRF is also used in the interest of expanding the human knowledge base and satisfying curiosity. On occasion, these discoveries even turn into viable commercial applications.The only real limit to the use of handheld XRF in Research & Discovery is the imagination. Handheld XRF is uniquely positioned to explore the world and beyond. If fast and simple in-situ elemental analysis will enhance your research or teaching experience, contact us to find out how you can get a handheld XRF of your own.


Features

DELTA Handheld XRF Analyzer for Indoor and Outdoor Applications

XRF for Compositional Analysis

XRF for Compositional Analysis

XRF Analyzes the Composition of Materials

The energies (keV) at which the peaks appear identify the elements present in a material. The intensities (Counts/s) of peaks correlate with the concentrations of the elements present in the materials.

Qualitative analysis for Elemental ID & Semi-Quantitative analysis of composition

Qualitative analysis for Elemental ID & Semi-Quantitative analysis of composition

The DELTA provides qualitative and semi-quantitative elemental information to guide research and identification of unknown or complex materials. It provides results fast and relevant enough to keep students engaged in classroom learning. It is sophisticated enough to provide directional results for applicable science-based projects in the field.

Automatic karat determination & Camera and Collimator view of sample

Automatic karat determination & Camera and Collimator view of sample

Close Up Analysis

This DELTA can be equipped with a camera/collimator to provide the ability to focus in on a specific area of an object, take a measurement and save the spectra, composition, and digital image of the analysis area all at once. This is an ideal tool for archaeology, conservation and forensic science.

Handheld DELTA XRF Analyzer testing jewellery

Handheld DELTA XRF Analyzer testing jewellery

DELTA handheld XRF screens precious metals Nondestructive Handheld XRF can be used on a variety of materials including gold, silver, platinum, copper, brass, pewter, ceramics, mortar, glass, wood, paintings, fabrics, canvas, bone, rocks, ores, soil, slurries and fluids.

Data Collection and Analysis

The DELTA comes with factory calibrations for multiple applications. Soil Mode utilizes Compton Normalization for PPM to 3% levels of elements in light matrices, such as soil, liquids, mortar, bone, wood, fabric, or canvas. Mining Plus Mode utilizes Fundamental Parameters (FP) for elements at levels greater than 3% in light or complex matrices, such as rich soils, slurries, rocks, and ores. GeoChem Mode combines the low concentration capability of Soil Mode with the accurate handling of percent level concentrations of Mining Plus Mode. Alloy Plus Mode with Precious Metals utilizes FP for a wide range of elemental concentrations in metal or alloy matrices.

Data collection and analysis results

Data collection and analysis results

Empirical Calibration Data Results

Empirical Calibration Data Results

Empirical Calibration Mode is used to set-up calibration models with a series of user-specific certified standards. Linear or quadratic fits are available and results can be displayed in selectable units – %, ppm, μg/cm2 or alternate units. Once these calibration models have been created, named and stored, they can be transferred to the DELTA for use in the field.

DELTA Software results

DELTA Software results

DELTA PC software provides additional capabilities for off line data analysis including periodic table selectable peak identification, concentration results, images collected, and spectral overlay of samples sets. It can also be utilized to remotely control the DELTA in a closed-beam portable workstation.

Big Picture Metal Mapping

The DELTA can be equipped with the Xplorer package to provide seamless integration of XRF-GPS-GIS data for metal mapping. The ability to map, visualize, assess, question and take immediate action from real time results has genuinely changed field research capabilities. The Xplorer package is ideal for investigating archaeological dig sites, public parks, farms, or even burial grounds. The holster, soil foot, and soil stick are great convenience accessories for metal concentration contour mapping of large sites.

Xplorer Software Mapping Results

Xplorer Software Mapping Results

Olympus Innov-X Knows Elemental Analysis

Our high-precision analyzers dramatically reduce testing times allowing hundreds more tests per day with significantly higher confidence in site surveys. Our portable XRF analyzers measure 25+ elements per test, from Mg (12) to U (92), PPM levels to 100%.

Three-Beam Settings

Three selectable beam settings are available for varying measurement objectives. A single-incident beam setting can be used for ultra-fast site screening with solid LOD performance across the periodic table. A single-incident beam setting can also be used for exceptional LOD performance for a group of elements such as heavy metals, transition metals & light elements, or to focus in on a particular element of interest such as Cr, Cd, Ni or Cu. And, for more involved analyses, multi-incident beam settings can be used to fully optimize measurements for exceptional LOD performance across the full elemental range or for user selectable elements. You have the ability to choose for your measurement objectives.

Optimized Three Beam Settings: LODs depend on matrix, sample preparation, presentation and measurement time.

Optimized Three Beam Settings: LODs depend on matrix, sample preparation, presentation and measurement time.

Data Management

Data Analysis

  • Qualitative identification of elements
  • Semi-quantitative analysis of elements
  • Moisture content corrections
  • Compton Normalization: “Internal Standard” for quantitative analysis without site-specific calibrations
  • Fundamental Parameters: “Standardless” for samples with high and low concentrations of several elements
  • Empirical Calibrations: Refine factory calibrations with user generated, site-specific factors (slope, y-intercept), including ore-matrix-specific calibrations
  • Combination Algorithms: Fundamental Parameters with Empirical for Light Elements & complicated matrices
  • Re-evaluate stored data sets with added elements, new parameters, models or calibration curves
DELTA Handheld Screen View

DELTA Handheld Screen View

Collect and View Data; Create Reports

  • Intuitive PC Software can be utilized to remotely control the DELTA analyzer in a benchtop configuration
  • Sort comprehensive analysis results, quickly create reports, view and export spectra

 

PC Software Data View

PC Software Data View

Everything You Need in Handheld XRF with State-of-the-Art Innovation

The New Generation DELTA Handheld XRF Analyzers are ergonomically advanced with a forward looking design incorporating the latest in electronics, components, and software technology.

The newly available DELTA X-act Count Technology can provide even better sensitivity and precision in faster time for more materials than before. Throughput is increased with the same or better precision in half the time for most elements.

Features and Benefits of the DELTA Education & Research Handheld Analyzer

Features and Benefits of the DELTA Education & Research Handheld Analyzer

The unique DELTA Docking Station frees you from having to power down the analyzer. The station charges the analyzer battery and a spare, and performs periodic calibration checks. DELTAs can be operated 24/7 in the field with hot swap battery replacement.


Specifications

The DELTA series handheld XRF analyzers are configured with powerful miniature X-ray tubes, Si-PIN, or highly advanced Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) detection, specialized filters, and multi-beam optimization for the ultimate in XRF field analysis.

 

The DELTA Line

The DELTA Line

The DELTA Premium with advanced 40kV tube and large area SDD detector is best for ultra quick, analytically demanding applications, such as trace levels and light elements in low alloy steel, soil, mining, and metallurgical samples.

The DELTA Professional with a 40kV tube and SDD detector is the best value solution from Olympus for handheld XRF analyzers. It provides superior performance in speed, LODs, and elemental range.

The DELTA Classic Plus with a 40kV tube and Si-PIN detector is ideal for simple applications. It provides quick ID, screening, sorting, and elemental and metals analysis.

Specifications for DELTA Education & Research Handheld XRF Analyzer

Specifications for DELTA Education & Research Handheld XRF Analyzer

 

DELTA XRF Configuration

DELTA XRF Configuration

The DELTA brings the power and flexibility of handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometry to the field. Ruggedized and ultra portable, this dramatically fast 24/7 technology provides accelerated testing times, allowing for hundreds more tests to be conducted per day with analytical confidence. The DELTA series analyzers are configured with powerful miniature X-ray tubes, Si-PIN detectors or highly advanced Silicon Drift Detectors (SDD), specialized filters, and multi beam optimization for the ultimate in XRF field analysis. The DELTA’s real overall value is to help make decisions in real time with minimal reliance on off-site laboratory testing.


Software & Accessories

Standard Accessories

  • Waterproof Carrying Case
  • Two (2) Li-ion Batteries
  • Electronic User Manual and User Interface Guide and Printed Quick Start Guide
  • Docking Station
  • Mini USB Cable
  • 316 Stainless Steel Calibration Check Reference Coin
  • Ten (10) Spare Windows
  • Integrated Wrist Strap
  • DELTA PC Software
  • Factory Authorized Training & Support

 

Optional Accessories

  • XRF WorkStation for mobile benchtop use
  • Soil Foot facilitating hands-free In-sltu testing
  • Soil Extension Pole offering ergonomic In-sltu testing while standing/walking
  • Belt Holster

 

DELTA R&D XPLORER for Instant Metal Mapping

Xplorer Software Mapping Results

Xplorer Software Mapping Results

  • Lead (Pb) GPS-XRF Map
  • Get the big picture with GPS-XRF. Get quick snapshots, instant visualization of data trends or analyze for comprehensive, defendable research. From in-field rapid decision making to discovering a new level of questioning, you get instant pinpoint location-specific sample chemistry or multidimensional metal content intensity plots. You can optimize sampling plans to reduce lab costs & reporting time for site assessments.
  • Pinpoint Geochemistry

 

Xplorer Software Data Results

Xplorer Software Data Results

The DELTA XPLORER Package is optionally available offering XRF/GPS/GIS for Instant Metal Mapping – The Most Cost Effective Tool in the Box for Large Sites

Portable XRF allows for the generation of large, inexpensive geochemical data sets very quickly. The XPLORER provides important data management and validation framework, helping ensure the quality and integrity of your sampling program, while still in the field. Our XRF/GPS/GIS integration, the first of its kind in the industry, addresses the needs of the total project.

  • Field Portable XRF data is transferred wirelessly and spatially registered in real time using industry standard Mobile GIS and State-of-the-Art Trimble GPS Hardware (ArcPAD or Discover Mobile)
  • The result is live geochemical mapping in the field enabling visualization, gridding, and contouring in GIS for rapid, informed decision making
  • Seamless integration into powerful geochemical analysis software such as ioGAS for first class data validation and QA/QC
  • Reduces human error related to XRF data transfer, GPS coordinate merging and GIS integration


Applications

Academics & R&D

On location elemental and mineralogical analysis for research requires immediate results when time is of the essence & materials cannot be transported, damaged, or altered. Portable X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and X-ray Diffraction can be used to enhance research and discovery at every level.

Archaeometry

The application of physics and chemistry to investigate archaeological and historical objects benefits tremendously from handheld XRF. Most governments will not allow investigators to remove materials from their original setting; and, sometimes their removal or even disturbance can destroy the value of the object. In-situ, non-destructive handheld XRF analysis provides valuable information for the assessment of a site – where to dig next, the relationships among loci, the homogeneity of materials, the authenticity of a cave or fresco painting and more. Combining GPS with handheld XRF in the field for instant metal mapping takes archaeological field research to an entirely new level.

Cultural Heritage

Conservation and restoration of cultural heritage objects pose challenges on many fronts. Whether the need is
to identify the authenticity of an object or to determine the correct restoration materials, handheld XRF is an ideal tool to aid the analyst without damaging the object. Handheld XRF is used to help reproduce glaze colors on historical buildings with modern non-toxic material. It is used to help identify and restore inks on ancient manuscripts. Handheld XRF is also used to identify and/or repair alloys of jewelry, swords, sculpture, and even historical submarines. It is also used to identify arsenic or lead residue left by older, toxic preservatives on historical objects typically of natural material origin, such as feathers or skins. Many museums and cultural heritage institutes use handheld XRF on a regular basis.

Geo-Science

The field of geo-science includes discovery, safe use, and sustainablity of valuable land resources. This includes the safety of food sources with the growing demand for peri-urban farming and precision agriculture. The DELTA handheld XRF allows for rapid determination of toxic metals introduced to the soil and water as herbicides or pesticides, such as As and Pb, as well as correct placement of nutrients and fertilizers, such as Ca, Mg, P & K. It also includes the use of handheld XRF by geologists to determine the history of soil layers indicating events that have occurred throughout geological time. The DELTA XPLORER is ideal for this research as it allows for high intensity soil analysis in the field with results obtained and spatially modeled on-site.

Forensic Anthropology

Grave digging elicits numerous connotations, usually horror film in nature. But, forensic anthropologists actually study graves and their inhabitants to learn the origin of those buried, how they perished, and sometimes if the bodies were moved. Additionally, handheld XRF is utilized by forensic odontologists to assist in victim identification by analyzing dental restorative resin materials. Acting like a fingerprint, even if the body has been burned, this method has helped to identify victims of extreme incineration cases.

Public Health

Global advocacy groups work to uncover situations and materials that pose dangers to public health and well being and to determine a course of corrective action. For instance, high levels of lead (Pb), arsenic (As), mercury (Hg), chromium (Cr), cadmium (Cd) and other toxic metals can be found in the domicile and play areas of peoples in developing countries where the knowledge of their danger are not yet known or where regulations are simply not yet feasible. Handheld XRF analyzers are used to quickly ascertain the presence and quantity of these contaminants. This allows world health advocacy groups to determine a course of corrective action to help developing countries prosper with local resources and with safe working practices.

Scrap Recycling, Metal, Glass, & Plastic

Scrap refiners and recyclers need fast and accurate materials analysis and identification. Our portable and automated XRF analyzers sort scrap metal, plastics, and glass and offer precise, dependable compositional measurements faster than ever before, even for aluminums and light alloys.

Soils

The analysis of soil for contaminant metals is the most common environmental application of handheld X-ray fluorescence spectrometry. Simple screening for toxic metals is performed by placing the analyzer directly on the soil, in-situ. The DELTA provides ease in detecting metals for site characterization, contamination tracking, remediation monitoring, property evaluations, extreme-weather debris migration studies, construction and demolition waste sorting, industrial or mining community perimeter checks, agriculture soil inspections, and hazardous waste screening for disposal classification. Quantitative measurements of the metals are based on robust preprogrammed calibration methods that may be refined by the user.

Surfaces, Dust Wipes, and Filters

The DELTA is used to measure Pb on surfaces and in dust, paint chips, and flakes. The DELTA can also be used to check filters for airborne metals from welding, construction, mining, manufacturing, and paint removal activities.

Liquids and Fluids

The DELTA can be used to inspect runoff streams, industrialwaste fluids, HAZMAT and oil spills for metal contaminants before they seep into the soil, or reach ground water and drinking water sources.

Community & Residential Development

The DELTA is ideal for immediate identification of heavy metals in soil at low PPM levels. This is necessary to ensure safety prior to developing or renovating schools, community centers, residences and play & sports grounds. This is of particular importance when developing these properties on former landfills, industrial sites, orchards, animal farms, Brownfields or anywhere that toxic metals are likely to be found in large quantities. And, when older homes or buildings are being redeveloped, restored or painted, the DELTA is ideal for quickly identifying lead (Pb) in soils, on surfaces and in lead based paint (LBP) to ensure the safety of the project.

Dangerously High Levels of Toxic Metals in Developing Countries

Dangerously high levels of Pb, arsenic (As), mercury (Hg), chromium (Cr), cadmium (Cd) and other toxic metals can be found in the domicile and play areas of peoples in developing countries where the knowledge of their danger are not yet known or where regulations are simply not yet feasible. Handheld XRF analyzers are used to quickly ascertain the presence and quantity of these contaminants. This allows world health advocacy groups to determine a course of corrective action to help developing countries prosper with local resources and with safe working practices and living conditions.

Agronomy & Peri-Urban Farming

The safety of food sources is becoming increasingly important as the human population expands. With this growing demand, peri-urban farming and precision agriculture are becoming more commonplace. However, farming in areas adjacent to industrial and other urban facilities introduces the possibility of food crops grown in soil or irrigated with water with elevated levels of As, Hg, Cd, Cr & Pb. And, urban sprawl into areas once heavily farmed with unregulated pesticides, may introduce As and Pb to these new community gardens. The DELTA handheld XRF allows for rapid determination of these toxic metals as well as of nutrients and fertilizers, such as Ca, Mg, P & K. The DELTA XPLORER is ideal for precision agriculture as it allows for high intensity soil analysis in the field with results obtained and spatially modeled on-site.

Hazardous Waste Screening & Sustainable Industry

Most industries are now under pressure to follow a sustainable development plan to help minimize the environmental and health impact of their manufacturing and packaging processes. Handheld XRF systems are used on site by industry, engineering firms and regulators to ensure that any metal contamination is quickly identified and that remediation steps are working effectively.

Regulatory Compliance

Portable XRF is a well documented and valuable tool for both private and government regulatory driven analysis of heavy and priority pollutant metals in residential soils. This non-destructive method with its quick analysis time and high quality measurement capability make it ideal for field assessments, particularly of large areas. In fact, US EPA Method 6200 and ISO/DIS 13196 encourage portable XRF screening for high density, high volume sampling to correctly characterize a site.

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Related Applications

  • Agricultural Products
  • Agronomy & Peri-Urban Farming
  • Archaemetry
  • Ceramics
  • Community & Residential Development
  • Dangerously High Levels of Toxic Materials in Developing Countries
  • Foresic Anthropology
  • Geo-Science
  • Glass
  • Gold
  • Hazardous Waste Screening & Sustainable Industry
  • Lead
  • Liquids & Fluids
  • Plastic
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Soil & Sediment
  • Surfaces, Dust Wipes & Filters

Related Industries

  • Cultural Heritage
  • Environmental
  • Forensics

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