Advantages of Using ED-XRF Spectrometers for the Field Analysis of Soil and Sewage Sludge are Detailed in New Application Brief

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  • Published: Sep 24, 2015
  • Source: SPECTRO
  • Channels: X-ray Spectrometry

Kleve, Germany. September 22, 2015.

A new application brief detailing the advantages of using energy dispersive X-ray fluorescence (ED-XRF) spectrometers to perform elemental analysis in the field on soil and sewage sludge samples is available to download at

Determining the best course of action when addressing a contaminated environmental site requires both a precise identification of the contaminating elements and a determination of the amounts present. Traditionally, this elemental analysis has been done in laboratories using inductively coupled plasma-optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES). But transporting soil and sewage sludge samples back and forth from the field to a laboratory adds considerable time and cost to the remediation process.

The new brief, “Analysis of Soil and Sewage Sludge in the Field with a Portable ED-XRF Spectrometer,” describes dramatic new improvements in portable ED-XRF spectrometers that enable environmental professionals to rapidly characterize samples in remote areas with minimal preparation and with very high accuracy of analysis in environmental monitoring, geochemical prospecting, and mining applications. The benefits versus laboratory-based elemental analysis include speed, precision, accuracy and cost-effectiveness.

The brief also outlines key factors to consider when comparing various portable ED-XRF spectrometers and their variations in performance, ease of use, and suitability for the field analysis of soil and sewage sludge samples.

Download the new brief, “Analysis of Soil and Sewage Sludge in the Field with a Portable ED-XRF Spectrometer,” from The brief is authored by SPECTRO Analytical Instruments, a leading global supplier of analytical instruments for optical emission and X-ray fluorescence spectrometry.


SPECTRO, a unit of the Materials Analysis Division of AMETEK, Inc., manufactures advanced instruments, develops the best solutions for elemental analysis for a broad range of applications, and provides exemplary customer service. SPECTRO’s products are known for their superior technical capabilities that deliver measureable benefits to the customer. From its foundation in 1979 until today, more than 40,000 analytical instruments have been delivered to customers around the world. AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical products with more than 15,000 colleagues at nearly 150 operating locations and sales and service operations in the United States and 30 other countries around the world.

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