New Spectro xSort handheld XRF analyser delivers improved speed, precision in analysis of light elements

Spectro Analytical Instruments has announced a major new upgrade of the Spectro xSort handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometer that is said to deliver improved speed and precision in the analysis of light elements.

The design, performance, and simple operation of the Spectro xSort handheld spectrometer make it ideal for performing positive material identification (PMI) for infrastructure integrity testing at refineries, power plants, and petrochemical complexes, as well as scrap metal analysis and sorting in the recycling industry.


The Spectro xSort Alloy model delivers grade identification in seconds. The even more powerful Spectro xSort AlloyPlus analyses most alloys in two seconds, and identifies alloys based on light elements such as aluminium, magnesium, silicon, phosphorus, and sulfur in seven seconds.

Advantages include
Ease of use: With Spectro xSort, operators don’t have to switch methods between samples, or bother with helium flushes or vacuum systems. Its compact, one-piece 1.64 kilogram design is optimised for easy use in the field, even in tight or less accessible spots.

Built-In protection and calibration: A shutter that automatically closes the measurement window between analyses to protect internal components also functions as the sample material for unique, automatic iCAL standardisation. All calibrations loaded into Spectro xSort are always ready for use.

Additional features include an X-ray safety gasket to prevent backscatter radiation from light element matrix samples; wireless LAN; quick-change battery; interface bezel with operator-defined hot keys; “live” analysis results; simplified software with touchscreen; and the Spectro iCAL one-sample, one-time easy automated calibration system. Options include an integrated GPS receiver and integrated video camera.


The new Spectro xSort analyser is available in different models. The Spectro xSort Alloy employs an innovative silicon PIN (Si-PIN) detector and delivers grade identification of metals in seconds without extensive analysis. The Spectro xSort AlloyPlus (Combi) features a top-of-the-line silicon drift detector (SDD) and provides reliable, high-productivity measurement and analysis.

The optional Spectro Metal Database helps extend prepackaged libraries or create customised grade libraries.

For further information contact Spectro Analytical Instruments on TEL: 011 979 4241, email or visit