Human actions, including industrial practices such as mining or manufacturing, crop production with the use of pesticides and fertilizers, and incorrect waste disposal approaches, have caused the soil to become contaminated over the years.
Many countries have created legislation and developed programs to identify affected zones and regulate clean up, as some of the contaminants, such as Cd and Pb, can result in health issues for humans if exposure occurs.
To demonstrate, the U.S EPA formulated Method 6200 as part of a national waste management scheme. This was meant to aid with on-the-spot analysis of important elements in soil and sediment by
field portable/handheld X-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectrometry.
The use of HHXRF for rapid, in-situ screening of soil for heavy metal pollutants allows operators to greatly decrease the number of samples transported for analysis at remote laboratories. This enables savings on analysis expenditure, as well as decreasing the time taken to finish testing processes. Through well-timed identification of affected areas and the ability to outline remediation boundaries while on site, users can maintain their soil treatment and disposal costs to a lower level.
Why Opt for an X-MET8000 Expert Geo?
Excellent performance: With Hitachi’s groundbreaking BOOST™ technology and large area silicon-drift detector, users can fulfill present as well as future testing requirements. Offering up to ten times the sensitivity of other HHXRF models, they deliver the low limits of detection required to test important elements (for example, US EPA Method 6200 RCRA and priority elements) in soil, sediments, and sludge
Speedy analysis: allows you to undertake surveys efficiently
Outstanding durability: produces reliable results in any weather
Rugged for lower ownership costs and minimum downtime
User-friendly: minimal training is only required for operation
In-built GPS: to attain ideal site mapping, integrate geolocation coordinates with test results
Effective data management: Protect against mistakes by printing results in the field using a Bluetooth printer and linking them to sample specimens. Users can also export them to a USB device, or make use of Hitachi’s cloud and app service to supervise results in real-time, from any place.
The X-MET8000 handheld XRF (HHXRF) analyzer offers rapid, in-situ geochemical analysis at different stages of the mining process, from preliminary stages of exploration through to post-closure environmental monitoring of the site. In greatly reducing the necessity for analysis in a laboratory, this equipment helps to cut down costs on testing and allows for a more effective decision-making process.