• Handheld LIBS Analyser Achieves MIL-STD-810G Certification for Rugged Metal Analysis

Portable/Field Testing

Handheld LIBS Analyser Achieves MIL-STD-810G Certification for Rugged Metal Analysis

Apr 14 2016

Rigaku Analytical Devices (USA) is pleased to announce that its handheld laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) analyser, KT-100 Katana, has successfully passed rigorous durability tests proving its best in class capabilities for meeting the needs of those who require a rugged handheld analyser to rapidly and accurately identify alloy grades in the harshest environments. The KT-100 is the world’s only handheld metal analyser to have achieved MIL-STD-810G and IP-54 certification. 

Applications including scrap metal sorting, metal fabrication and positive material identification in petrochemical plants require fast, accurate and robust methods for alloy identification to ensure profitability and product quality. To guarantee protection against these dusty and harsh work environments, KT-100 Katana underwent strict testing to the United States Military Standard MIL-STD-810G. The tests involved rigorous vibration, shock and drop testing which focused on impact to every angle of the instrument to evaluate its durability and performance when exposed to environmental stress. As the first handheld metal analyser to have passed these tests and with an IP 54 rating for use in wet environments, KT-100 Katana is truly optimized for rugged use in scrap yards and fabrication shops.

“We are pleased to have achieved MIL-STD-810G certification for KT-100 Katana. Our focus when we developed Katana was to provide a rugged solution for superior light element identification that overcame current analysis and usability gaps and this successful testing proves that we have achieved this goal,” explained David Mercuro, General Manager at Rigaku Analytical Devices. “By enabling rapid alloy grade identification, regardless of location or environment, we continue to deliver cutting edge technological advancements to our customers in the metals industry and we look forward to demonstrating the capabilities of the KT-100 at ISRI this week.”

Designed for on-the-spot metals classification, including aluminum grades, KT-100 Katana has powerful analytical capabilities, offering results in less than 2 seconds with QuickID software – at the touch of a button. Katana offers unique auto surface preparation with its Drill-Down feature and is considerably smaller and lighter than other handheld LIBS analyser currently available. With an extended battery life, Katana is more robust and less susceptible to fatigue and downtime, which is critical for on and off-site operations. Furthermore, the GPS allows for instrument tracking which helps protect your investment.


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