Super-accurate, fast ore analysis

Portable PPB and SciAps have forged a strategic R&D alliance to elevate elemental analysis for gold, silver, and copper technologies

SciAps, a global leader in scientific instruments and technology solutions, has announced a new R&D partnership and financial investment with Portable PPB on the new capabilities of the leading handheld XRF analyser the X-555 to further push the limits of Au (gold) analysis while also investigating the technology for elements Ag (silver) and Cu (copper). This will unlock the potential of detectORE and SciAps analysers—where precision meets portability, and discoveries will be enabled.

Revolutionising gold exploration

Portable PPB Pty Ltd holds the global licence for the patented detectORE technology invented by Australia’s national science agency, CSIRO, revolutionising gold exploration. With the SciAps pXRF and a unique 'widget,' explorers can now perform ppb (parts per billion)-level gold analysis, same day, anywhere. This method provides geologists the ability to detect gold in samples down to low parts per billion level. This may potentially transform the way we approach, explore and mine gold. This is transforming the way the gold industry can find, define, measure and mine gold using a cleaner, greener method and process. The user-friendly technology allows quick highly effective decisions in the field, reducing wait times and enabling smarter, faster, cost-effective exploration.

SciAps analysers is revolutionising the geochemistry industry by providing users with the most advanced and precise tools for rock, soil and brine analysis. These cutting-edge analysers utilise state-of-the-art technology, including X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS), to identify the composition of various materials rapidly and accurately within seconds.


“We are pleased to partner with Portable PPB who recently won recognition for innovation in the mine state of Western Australia. Together, we forge a path of efficiency, bringing cutting-edge technology to the forefront of gold analysis. Our newest XRF technology marks a significant leap forward in geochemical analysis. The integration of the X-555 and the detectORE suite empowers researchers and professionals with the ability to explore and understand geological samples in the field. We're excited to see the positive impact this will have on the mining of gold," shared Don Sackett, CEO at SciAps. SciAps is a rapidly growing company based in Woburn, Massachusetts specialising in advanced handheld analytical instruments and technologies with state-of-the-art X-ray fluorescence (XRF) and laser-based (LIBS) analysers. Its X-ray fluorescence XRF and LIBS analysers are at work across every major industry, including oil/gas, metals and mining, aerospace, battery and strategic metals (lithium, rare-earth elements), scrap metal recycling, chemical and petrochemical, military, forensics and law enforcement. SciAps instruments are configured to measure elements in all types of materials, so applications are always expanding, recently including space research, pandemic anti-viral coatings, agriculture, and environmental contaminants.



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