Thermo Fisher Scientific’s Niton™ XL3t Ultra Analyzer helps avoid drilling in the wrong spots of oil and gas deposits, which is very costly and time-intensive, while finding elusive oil and gas deposits. The analyzer offers rapid sample analysis in the field. This helps users identify the location of deposits and the most productive ones.

The high-functioning analyzer provides superior light element detection needed for gas shale applications without requiring vacuum or helium purge. Niton™ XL3t Ultra Analyzer is reliable for positive material identification, delivering exceptional elemental analysis and alloy grade identification in a few seconds.

Product Overview

The Niton XL3t Ultra Analyzer is a better choice in places where lower detection limits and faster analysis are needed.

The advantage of using Ultra is that it is a 45 mm2 Silicon Drift Detector (SDD) which provides vast improvements in measurement times and sensitivity. It is about 10 times faster than traditional Si-PIN detectors as well as three times more accurate than traditional silicon drift detectors.

The higher precision, faster analysis and the potential to quantify light elements without the need for vacuum or helium assistance make the analyzer a suitable instrument for different applications given below.

Oil and Gas Exploration

  • Upstream exploration and production
  • Inference of mineralogical properties favorable to oil and gas production from real-time data
  • Fast, on-site chemical examination of rocks, cores and cuttings that can be put to use to identify formations and determine the mineral composition of the rock

Mining Exploration

  • Modeling/mapping of ore deposits
  • Early-stage exploration: outcrop evaluation and soil survey
  • Advanced exploration and drilling: trend analysis for the identification of increasing or decreasing pattern of elements of interest to make “continue” or “stop” drilling decisions onsite

Positive Material Identification (PMI)

  • Incoming materials inspection, in-process verification and final product inspection
  • Fast and accurate alloy analysis along with positive alloy grade identification
  • Recovering lost material traceability
  • Isolating finished welds to validate filler material and dilution
  • Confirms the integrity of process piping, reaction vessels and valves

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