Handheld XRF Analyzer for Soil Analysis and Mining Exploration - X-MET8000 Expert Geo

The X-MET8000 Geo is a portable XRF (X-ray fluorescence) system designed for geochemical analysis throughout the mining process. The system is simple to use and significantly decreases the need to carry out expensive lab-based analysis.

Using the X-MET8000 Geo allows decisions to be made on-site, meaning operators don’t have to wait hours or days for lab-based analysis to be carried out.

The system uses HITACHI’s advanced BOOST™ technology which allows critical elements, such as pathfinders or penalty elements, to be accurately measured at low detection limits.

The system has integrated GPS which can be used to add geodata to each reading, allowing site maps to be constructed. This data uses Trimble® receivers to ensure high location accuracy.

Key Benefits

Easy to Use

The system is operated via a 4.3” color touchscreen that can be operated in direct sunlight. The interface is easily navigated, with large icons that can be used even whilst wearing gloves. Minimal training is required to operate the system.


The X-MET8000 Geo’s ergonomic design, lightweight construction of 1.5 kg and long battery lifetime of 10-12 hours means the system can be used continuously for long time periods with minimal fatigue.

Enhanced Data Management

The data collected can be shared via WiFI, as a tamper-proof PDF or as a CSV file, to a computer/network or downloaded directly to a USB.

The ExTOPE Connect mobile app can be used to share results as they are collected, with HITACHI’s cloud service allowing the secure exporting of results, notes, geodata and images in real-time. It is possible to connect multiple X-MET8000’s to the same account for improved data collection.

Meets Current and Future Testing Needs

Using the system’s mining calibration up to 40 elements can be measured, including rare earth elements (REEs) such as Ce, Pr, La and Nd, and for the testing of different types of samples, e.g. cores, powders, cuttings and rocks.

Low Ownership Cost

The X-MET8000’s robust design means it can be used in challenging environments and weather conditions. The system is protected against water splashes and dust (with IP54 compliance - equivalent to NEMA 3) and produced to military standards of ruggedness (MIL-STD-810G).

Adding Value Throughout the Mining Process

Control over On-Site Excavations

Time and money can be saved by reducing the number of samples that must be sent to the lab for excavation planning. On-site analysis allows ore reserve boundaries to be immediately identified, preventing time from being spent excavating waste rock.

Mine Mapping and Exploration

The X-MET8000 can be used to rapidly screen a wide range of different elements (Mg to U) at detection limits as low as ppm. BOOST™ technology means all important elements can be identified on site, helping operators make informed decisions.

Process Monitoring

The X-MET can be moved from location to location for the analysis of feeds, stockpiles, tailings, concentrates and more, to feed back into process monitoring.

Grade Control

The levels of key elements in ores can be measured, allowing penalty elements concentrations to be accurately determined with minimal sample preparation.

Environmental Management

Tailings and waste rocks from mining can be tested in terms of their potential environmental impact, with the detection of hazardous elements at levels as low as ppm, to assist with waste management.

An Option that Suits Your Needs

Hitachi offers two different models to give you a cost-effective solution.

  X-MET8000 X-MET8000 Expert Geo
Description Rapid and reliable measurement of various geochemical samples and concentrates Ultimate performance for measuring variety of geochemical samples including REEs, light elements and pathfinders
X-Ray Tubes 45 kV 50 kV
X-Ray Tube Filters 6-position filter wheel
Detector 10 mm2 SDD with BOOST™ technology 25 mm2 large area SDD with BOOST™ technology
Element Range Mg - U
Rare Earth Elements (REEs) No Yes
IP54 and MIL-STD-810G Yes Yes
Weight (with Battery) 1.5 kg 1.5 kg
Battery Life 10 - 12 hours 10 - 12 hours
Protection Against Detector Window Damange Shield window Prolene window
Calibrations Standardless with light elements Standardless with light elements and REEs


Hardware and Software Options

  X-MET8000 X-MET8000 Expert Geo
Bluetooth Included Included
WiFi Included Included
Integrated Camera Optional Included
Small-spot Collimator Not available Optional
Report Generator Included Included
ExTOPE Connect cloud connectivity and mobile phone app Yes Yes


X-MET8000 Geo | Handheld XRF | Mining exploration, planning and grade control

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