Olympus XRF Analysers

Olympus are well known through out the mining sector for their high quality range of XRF and XRD analysers, hand held and laboratory based. An XRF analyser (short for X-ray fluorescence) is a piece of equipment which emits high energy X-rays or gamma rays which bombard the targeted material and then reads the secondary (fluorescent) X-rays, producing required results which in the case of the mining or environmental sector is the elemental composition of the material being scanned. The Olympus VANTA ™ are a range of devices which provide rapid, accurate element analysis and alloy identification to users who demand laboratory quality results in the field. This range of XRF analysers are built to be tough, they utilise rugged and durable design makes them resistant to damage in the field for greater uptime and a lower cost of ownership. Below you will see specifications and advantages of the Olympus VANTA™ XRF hand held analysers to the environmental and mining sector.


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Overview of the VANTA Analyser


Vanta™ handheld XRF analysers provide immediate, on-site elemental measurements of hand specimens, bulk amounts of specimens or rock, mineral or ore veins on site for a range of mining and geochemical applications with flexibility across the entire mineral resource cycle, these include, but are not limited ot the below:

  • Greenfield and brownfield exploration.
  • Ore grade and process control.
  • Environmental monitoring and land remediation / mine closure.
  • Academic/educational research and teaching within the geological/environmental sciences.
  • Get a rapid return on investment (ROI) with decision-quality geochemical data that’s faster than traditional laboratory techniques. Rapid, accurate decision-making at the exploration stage enables field time to be used more effectively, maximizes exploration budgets, and advances project timeframes.

Vanta analysers for mining and geochemistry feature software designed in cooperation with industry experts and includes:

  • Integrated GPS for georeferenced exploration and environmental samples.
  • Connectivity via Wireless LAN and Bluetooth® to send results to base in real time and seamlessly integrate data into third-party software programs. Cloud technology enabled.
  • Onboard spectra viewing to quickly discriminate spectral overlaps.
  • Built in VGA CMOS Digital Camera

Olympus VANTA XRF Analyser models

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Rugged For Use In The Field

Mines, quarrys, working sites and outdoor environments can be tough on electronic devices. Damage to such high end items can be costly and depending on location, can take a long time for repairs. The Vanta analysers are durable for increased uptime and usage and a low cost of ownership.

Every Vanta handheld XRF is IP65 rated to withstand rain, dirt, and dust from effecting the sensitive electronics inside the equipment and are drop tested using U.S. Department of Defense methods (MIL-STD-810G) to help prevent breakages and costly repairs. Though it should be stressed, extreme care should still be taken when using such items anywhere. They can withstand a temperature range of -10 °C to 50 °C (14 °F to 122 °F), so you spend less time waiting for your analyzer to cool, even in hot environments.


Olympus VANTA XRF Analyser in the field

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Technology and Hardware

Vanta analysers give you the same accurate result every time from your first test to your hundredth test. Thanks to the most modern upto date hardware and software used in its construction. such as the Vanta Series proprietary Axon™ technology which uses ultra-low-noise electronics enabling higher X-ray counts per second for fast, accurate results time after time. This Axon technology is coupled with a new quad-core processor that make Vanta analysers remarkably responsiv and fast to operate, pushing the limits of performance so you get the best results in the least amount of time. Axon technology provides remarkable test-to-test and instrument-to-instrument repeatability, so your first test is the same as your last test no matter what instrument you may use.



Hardware Screen on Olympus Vanta XRF Analyser

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Software and Interface

Packed within the Vanta analyser is the most up to date software for use in metalurgy, geo-chemistry and more. Innovative feautres include:

- SmartSort: automatically lengthens or shortens test time based on material to save time; obtain aluminum grade results in as little as 1 second.
- Grade match messaging: real time and/or pop-up messages with familiar trade or grade names or special handling instructions to reduce user training and increase efficiency.
- Nominal value: automatically identifies the likely presence of elements invisible to XRF based on grade specifications.
- Residual library: set a maximum tolerated concentration for residual elements in grade families.
- On-screen grade comparison: compare close grades side-by-side to know which alloy is the best match with nominal and residual values.

The VANTA range also allows users to transfer data wirelessly thanks to an onboard blue tooth connection or utilise the standard wirelss LAN to connect to your network, aswell as upload or transfer data to a cloud service.

On-site labs generally take hours or days to provide results. In some mine-site situations, sending fewer samples to the lab can mean huge cost savings.

Vanta analyzer’s easy-to-use interface can be customized with settings useful for specific sites, users, projects, and applications. Geologists can store multiple sample and matrix-specific calibration models for optimal performance depending on the minerals of interest at a specific site.

With integrated GPS, users can pair results with precise GPS coordinates to document and map the location of elements. Combine XRF data, GPS coordinates, and images from the optional 5-megapixel panoramic camera for inclusive archiving and streamlined reporting.


User screen on Olympus Vanta XRF Analyser

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Applications and Sectors Used In

Environmental Assesment

Vanta handheld XRF analyzers for soils and sediment analysis provide fast, accurate environmental remediation and assessment data. Simple to use, Vanta analyzers are rugged for the most demanding field applications.

Mining and Geochemistry

Vanta handheld XRF analyzers for mining and geochemistry provide immediate on-site elemental analysis for geochemical exploration, mining grade control, ore processing, and remediation.

Precious Metals Analysis

Vanta handheld XRF analyzers for precious metals provide fast, accurate alloy chemistry and karat classification for identifying gold, platinum, silver, and rhodium in jewelry analysis and car catalyst recycling.

Olympus XRF Analyser for Environmental Assesment

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Technical Specification

Dimensions (W x H x D) 8.3 x 28.9 x 24.2 cm (3.25 x 11.4 x 9.5 in.)
Weight 1.70 kg (3.75 lbs) with battery, 1.48 kg (3.25 lbs) without battery
Excitation Source 4-Watt X-ray tube with application optimized anode material (rhodium (Rh), silver (Ag), or tungsten (W))
M Series (Rh & W) and C Series (Ag): 8-50 kV
C Series (Rh & W): 8-40 kV
Primary Beam Filtration 8-position auto selected filter per beam per mode
Detector M Series: Large area Silicon Drift Detector
C Series: Silicon Drift Detector
Power Removable 14.4 V Li-Ion battery or
18 V power transformer 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, 70 W max
Display 800 x 480 (WVGA) LCD with capacitive touch-screen supporting gesture control
Operating Environment Temperature: -10 °C to 50 °C (continuous duty cycle with optional fan)
Humidity: 10% to 90% relative humidity non-condensing
Drop Test Military Standard 810-G 4-foot (1.3 M) drop test
IP Rating IP65*: dust tight and protected against water jets from all directions
Pressure Correction Built-in barometer for automatic altitude and air density correction
GPS Embedded GPS/GLONASS receiver
Operating System Linux
Data Storage 4 GB embedded storage, micro SD slot for expandable storage
USB (2) USB 2.0 type A host ports for accessories such as Wireless LAN Bluetooth®, and USB flash drives.
(1) USB 2.0 type mini-B port for connection to computer
Wireless LAN Supports 802.11 b/g/n (2.4 GHz) via optional USB adapter
Bluetooth Supports Bluetooth® and Bluetooth Low-Energy via optional USB adapter
Aiming Camera Full VGA CMOS camera
Panorama Camera 5-megapixel CMOS camera with autofocus lens


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