X-550 Handheld XRF Analyser

Simply the best handheld XRF analyser ever made

Meet the NEW SciAps X-550 that sets a new performance standard for
PMI and geochemistry. It’s the lightest weight X-ray gun ever made, at 1.3 kg including battery.

  • Meet the NEW X-550

    Key Features

    • Perfectly balanced, light weight, and articulate you can test all day long.
    • Fast and precise initial test result shown in less than one second.
    • Great on aluminium or magnesium alloys measures magnesium at the 0.3% level in 2 seconds, 5-10x times faster than competing X-ray guns.
    • Real-time Synching every test result is stored on the analyser and sent via WiFi to one or more online PCs located anywhere in the world.
    • Powerful miniaturised X-ray tube designed to excel in measuring low atomic number elements Si, P, S, Mg and Al.

PMI – Positive Materials Identification

The X-550 is ideal for PMI applications producing highly precise analyses of most alloys in just 1 second. Optimised for low atomic number measurement applications including sulfidic corrosion (low Si), phosphorus and sulfur, and aluminum alloys, as well as for residuals analysis, the X-550 XRF satisfies American Petroleum Institute API 751 and 5L specifications.

The instrument features a patent-pending Aluminum App is optimized for both low atomic number elements and transition metals for ultra-fast, highly specific verification of the many similar aluminum grades. This allows the X-550 XRF to easy differentiate alloys such as 3003/3004/3005, cast 356 and 357 and 2014/2024.


Especially designed for core analysis or any application requiring high volume manual testing, compatible with 3rd party data visualization packages including IoGAS, Leapfrog, and Android-based for global connectivity with on-board camera, Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth.

Low-atomic number elements Mg, Al, Si, P, S, K, Ca Transition/pathfinder elements Ti, V, Cr, Mn, Fe, Co, Ni, Cu, Zn, As, Se, Sr, Rb, Zr, Nb, Mo, Te, Ag, Cd, Sn, Sb, Ba Heavy metals Ta, W, Au, Hg, Tl, Pb, Bi, U

The X is factory calibrated with 37 standard elements including all measurable pathfinders except REEs. Available with one of two X-ray tube anodes, either Au or Rh, depending on the application. The most common choice is the Au anode because performance is optimal for the vast majority of pathfinder elements including critical gold pathfinders for ore bodies high/low sulphication epithermals, Orogenic, Carlin-type, Porphyry Cu-Au, iron oxide Cu-Au and others. The Rh anode provides broad coverage of transition and heavy metals and highly optimized performance for low atomic number elements Mg, Al, Si, P and S.

The X uses both fundamental parameters and Compton Normalization calibration methods to quantify elemental chemistry. Operators may switch back/forth. In general CN is used for trace level analysis in ore samples with generally low concentrations of metals, and FP is used for concentrates or samples with percent level metal concentrations. Operators may modify existing calibrations to adjust for biases present in site-specific geologies and create custom calibrations using our industry-leading ProfileBuilder desktop software.

Key Design Features

The Android operating system makes the X-500 XRF as easy to use as a smartphone. Built-in wifi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB offer optimal connectivity.

The ergonomic slim design allows you to access tighter spaces than any other similar instrument.

Combining all these features provides you with the ultimate in field portable productivity.

  • Real-Time Demonstration of the Analytical Speed of the SciAps X-550 Handheld XRF

    In this short video a number of different alloys are analysed and identified in real-time. In particular a host of aluminium alloys are measured in just a few seconds demonstrating just how fast this handheld X-ray gun really is.

  • SciAps test stand for X-550 and X-505 handheld XRF

    Convert Your SciAps Handheld XRF into a Benchtop XRF

    The XRF Test Station is designed for reliability, durability and safety, complete with interlocked lid for your protection and a super stable base to keep your samples positioned correctly regardless of what’s going on around you. Integrated fans to keep the analyser cool even at the most extreme duty cycles and environments.

    For lab and field-lab environments, the X-500 series mounted on the Test Station can be operated through Profile Builder software for PC and tablet to create a benchtop analyser, allowing you to crank through hundreds or even thousands of samples a day.

  • SciAps X-550 handheld XRF
  • One Box Solution for PMI

    The One Box solution pairs a SciAps HHXRF and a handheld LIBS device e.g. X-550 XRF with Z-901 CSi, with the XRF providing all the alloying elements and the LIBS providing the carbon content for identification of steels and determination of Carbon Equivalents (CE), with data all being processed using the SciAps Cloud solution.

    One Box can pair any XRF and LIBS device from the SciAps range dependng on your applications and desired pricepoint.