9 Nov 2017

We analyzed cement using XRF | Spectroscopy Solutions

The X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopic analysis of cement samples usually requires XRF pellet preparation using a hydraulic laboratory press such as the Atlas Manual Hydraulic Press and a powerful sample-grinding mill such as the P6 Planetary Ball Mill.

The Manual Hydraulic Press is ideal as an FTIR, KBr and XRF press. Can be used as a lower tonnage press.The P6 XRF Sample Mill is a powerful tool for the grinding of samples ahead of XRF pellet preparation.


XRF analysis of cement application note

We have published a brand new application note on the analysis of cement using X-ray Fluorescence spectroscopy, facilitated by way of our P6 Planetary Ball Mill for sample grinding and Manual Hydraulic Press for XRF pellet pressing.

Read the application note using the below thumbnail or link and read more about this area of spectroscopic sample preparation.

The AtlasĀ® 25 Ton manual press used to prepare XRF pellet samples for analysis is simple to use and requires little user training.

XRF analysis of cement application note

Benefits of using the Manual Hydraulic Press for XRF sample preparation

  • reliable, robust hydraulic press with little/no maintenance required
  • 15 and 25 tonnage configurations available
  • secure polycarbonate safety guards to protect user
  • vacuum ports included
  • includes an adjustable upper bolster and adjustable pressure control valve
  • can reach lower tonnages between 0 - 5 using an additional conversion kit
  • ideal for XRF and FTIR pellet preparation techniques

Benefits of using the P6 Planetary Ball Mill for XRF sample preparation

  • rotational speeds of up to 650 rpm
  • loss-free grinding down to below 1 μm
  • balance compensation is easy to adjust
  • a secure and easy-to-use Safe-Lock system included
  • its bench-top design makes it easy-to-move
  • a range of ball and bowl size options are available
  • hard, medium and brittle materials can be ground

Read these user reviews of the Manual Hydraulic Press

These Google Trusted user reviews were entered on Select Science by end-users who use this product.

  • "I have used several hydraulic presses, but the one from Specac is the most reliable" – George Kenanakis of Forth – IESL
  • "The quality of the product is excellent and we never had problem with the results" – Margirose Ancheta of Chanelle Pharmaceuticals Mfg. Ltd
  • "A real lab workhorse!" – Jonathan Knowles of UCL

Watch this video on the preparation of XRF pellets 

This video was inspired by a study in Ghana where cocoa powder was measured for use as a hepatoprotective supplement during the administration of high-dosage anti-malarial drugs. The Specac Manual Hydraulic Press was used for the preparation of cocoa powder XRF pellets.

More reading on XRF analysis of Cement and XRF Sample Preparation

Read our in-depth article on the analysis of cement in industry using XRF and the part sample preparation has to play.

This article explores the opportunity of using an Autotouch automatic hydraulic press to prepare cement samples for XRF study.

Read 'XRF cement analysis | Spectroscopy Solutions'

The Atlas Autotouch is a robust reliable, powerful and accurate XRF pellet preparation device, an industry-leading automatic hydraulic press.


Watch our webinar on sample preparation

Learn more about our various sample preparation options, including pellet pressing, grinding and film-making.

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Would you like to collaborate on one of our application notes?

We are actively searching for end-users to collaborate with us on performing research using our equipment. Please get in touch by emailing collab@specac.co.uk if you are interested in the below.

  • perform research with Specac’s assistance and have your findings cited in an application note
  • be interviewed, to discuss the importance of your work, the challenges you have faced and more
  • be promoted throughout the industry, via Specac’s marketing channels; such as email, social media, print advertising and more

To learn more about what spectroscopy can do, check out #SpectroscopySolutions for more insights into the applications XRF and FTIR can fit.

Look up #SpectroscopyGuides for tips and tricks to help your analysis.

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