Portable XRF Analyzers

Soil Testing

Environmental soil monitoring. Site assessment. Remediation. When you are faced with the daunting task of collecting and analyzing hundreds or thousands of samples to identify the scope and boundaries of contaminated sites, you want the fastest, most powerful and accurate soil testing equipment available. You want a handheld Thermo Scientific Niton x-ray fluorescence (XRF) environmental analyzer for reliable, definitive soil testing. Choose from the new high-performance Niton® XL2 GOLDD™, the feature-rich Niton XL3t, or the ultimate in performance and features, the enhanced Niton XL3t GOLDD+.


XRF Benefits-at-a-GlanceNiton XL3t GOLDD+ in extend-a-pole with male performing soil survey

  • Lightweight, rugged, waterproof, and dustproof
  • Unmatched speed and precision in a handheld XRF analyzer
  • Thermo Scientific Extend-a-Pole for ease of use in multiple orientations and hands-free in-situ analysis
  • GPS to integrate elemental mapping with field data
  • User friendly, fast, and easy reports and certificates
  • Laboratory-quality soil test results in real time
  • Nondestructive soil tests allow later lab comparison

Handheld XRF – the Ideal Tool for Soil Testing

Thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers are engineered from the ground up for meeting the demands of environmental soil testing.

  • Preliminary site investigation
  • Site remediation
  • Clearance testing

With a standard analytical range from S through U, and optional lower detection limits achievable with Thermo Scientific GOLDD technology – light element analysis (Mg, Al, Si, P, S) without helium or vacuum purging – you can identify elemental concentrations from the most subtle anomalies at unprecedented low levels to high level of contaminated soil, on-site, in real time. You get: Niton XL2 GOLDD in field mate test stand

  • Shorter measurement times 
  • Increased productivity
  • Higher profit potential
  • Lower long-term cost of ownership

Soil Methodology with Handheld XRF

Our XRF analyzers provide lab-quality soil/sediment chemistry in seconds. Pb, As, Cd, Cr, and other toxic metals contaminate sites of former industrial and agricultural activity around the world. Whatever the reasons for these occurrences, these soil pollutants cannot be ignored – particularly as environmental consciousness and regulatory initiatives grow.

The first remedial step in treating these hazardous areas is in accurately assessing the scope and extent of the contaminated soil. thermo Scientific Niton XRF analyzers provide lab-grade performance in the field, permitting surgical delineation of contamination boundaries, while in full compliance with US EPA Method 6200.

Soil testing methods:

  • In-situ screening – trend analysis or quickly delineating the boundaries of contamination
  • Ex-situ analysis – bagged or prepared samples for more homogeneous samples

Niton XRF Analyzers – Helping You Screen Contaminated Soils Faster

With more than 25,000 of our analyzers deployed worldwide, their ability to obtain instant, nondestructive soil test data can help reduce your cost, time, and labor and allow you to make decisions promptly, before samples are dispatched to the laboratory. Contact us today for a demonstration and discover how these versatile instruments can help with your soil analysis needs!