Handheld laser induced breakdown (LIBS) spectrometer

For fast and accurate alloy identification

KT-100 Katana

Within seconds, the KT-100 Katana handheld metal analyzer easily performs identification of the most difficult alloy grades. KT-100 utilizes laser induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) enabling durable and accurate alloy identification for use in:

  • Scrap metal sorting
  • Quality assurance in metal fabrication
  • Positive material identification (PMI) in mission-critical operations, such as aerospace and petrochemical

Advanced light element identification

LIBS is more sensitive and better suited for light element detection, such as aluminum (Al), magnesium (Mg), and beryllium (Be). However, reliable LIBS’ analysis of materials with these elements has been very limited and typically confined to a laboratory environment – until now. The handheld KT-100 Katana metal analyzer represents recent technological advancements in laser and spectrometer miniaturization that has rapidly expanded the use of this technique into industrial operations. KT-100 offers an advanced method for easily identifying the most popular Al grades – 1100, 6061 and 6063 – as well as Al and silicon (Si) brasses and bronzes or Be in coppers.

In addition to the analytical performance of LIBS technology, KT-100 Katana reduces the need for regulatory licensing and registration that previous generation analyzers were susceptible to.

Durable versatility

The handheld KT-100 Katana LIBS analyzer is not only a superior aluminum analyzer, it delivers accurate identification of popular grades of stainless steel, nickel and titanium alloys, but now with the durability you can count on. KT-100 has successfully passed rigorous durability tests proving its capabilities in the harshest environments. To guarantee protection, KT-100 underwent strict testing to the United States Military Standard 810-G. These tests involved rigorous vibration, shock and drop testing to evaluate its durability and performance when exposed to environmental stress. In addition, its IP-54 rating and safety window protect against dusty and wet environments. As the first handheld analyzer to have passed these tests, it is truly optimized for rugged use. Thus, KT-100 Katana reduces downtime and costs associated to instrument repair known to be common for traditional handheld metal analyzers.

Sophisticated ergonomics
The design and features of the KT-100 handheld LIBS analyzer put it in a class of its own. The ergonomics consist of a pistol-shape for optimal one-handed operation via use of raised buttons or by use of the ‘quick launch’ navigation buttons located near the trigger. The tilt screen allows for the ability to easily read results in any light and can also be operated as a touchscreen. KT-100 is also considerably smaller and lighter than traditional metal analyzers. The unique ‘kick stand’ as a ‘grab and go’ position, provides added convenience.

QuickID™ software
Offering a rapid matrix selection, chemical composition and grade identification is simple and easy to read with QuickID software of KT-100 handheld LIBS. Results are displayed in a simple “match/no match” format that alerts the user of the alloy identification, as well as the elemental composition percentages. Users have the ability to quickly add new alloys to a customized on-board library. KT-100 is also password-protected with an automatic “sleep mode” for improved safety and battery life. Its on-board camera captures images of the metal pieces being analyzed with the ability to transfer data into a report via USB or WiFi..
Drill Down sample surface preparation

The metal found in these types of industrial environments is usually dirty and oxidized. KT-100 Katana features a patent pending Drill Down auto sample surface preparation capability. Users have the ability to ‘drill down’ dynamically and the analyzer will automatically burn through the common imperfections found in the metal to obtain a clean reading.


Integrating LIBS technology into a durable, fit-for-purpose handheld platform, provides users with advantages that weren’t previously attainable, such as:

• Smallest & lightest handheld LIBS
   Sort all of your common alloys with ease

• QuickID™ software
   Identify more in less time

• Longest battery life
   Avoid unscheduled downtime

• Durable, tested design
   Built for your environment

• GPS tracking
   Protect your investment

The KT-100 Katana handheld LIBS analyzer offers superior light element identification in metal and alloy applications to ensure profitability and product quality. KT-100 provides an alternative
for more accurate identification of a larger number of alloys, in a truly ruggedized form factor.

Advanced Performance   • Proprietary 1064nm Class 3B laser excitation
• Fixed excitation/detection optics to minimize size and maximize ruggedness
• Miniature Czerney-Turney spectrometer with CCD detector for optimized performance
• Spectral range covering the most relevant alloying elements and spectral features

QuickID™ Software • Rapid matrix selection, chemical composition and grade ID with no user input required
• Quickly add of new alloys to your custom on-board library
• Password protected with automatic “sleep mode” for improved safety and battery life

Sophisticated Ergonomics • Pistol shaped for optimal one-handed operation: 24.3cm L x 8.4cm W x 25.7cm H (9.55”L x 3.30”W x
10.10”H) and weighing~1.5kg (3.25lbs)
• IP-54 rated ruggedized housing for maximum durability
• 3.5” high resolution tiltable screen allows for high visibility in confined spaces and outdoors
• Choice of user interface:
• Smartphone-inspired touchscreen provides fast learning-curve
• Large Softkey buttons for one-handed operation while wearing protective gloves
• Unique “Quick launch” handle buttons enabling one-handed operation

Accessories • Docking station for battery charging
• Holster for safe keeping when on the move
• 2 Li-ion batteries enabling 10+ hours of operation combined
• Aluminum alloy verification sample

Additional Services • On-board System/Calibration verification program.
• Replacement front plate/window

Other Specifications • Certifications: FDA 1040, CE, ISO 9001:2008 Certified Manufacturing facility
• External battery charger: 100~240VAC
• Operating temperature of 5 to 40°C
• Warranty of 12 months
Location Date Booth
Institute Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) Expo New Orleans, LA
Apr 22 2017 to Apr 27 2017
Aviation Week MRO Americas Orlando, FL
Apr 25 2017 to Apr 27 2017
Bureau of International Recycling (BIR) World Recycling Congress Hong Kong, China
May 22 2017 to May 24 2017
Aluminium Two Thousand Verona, Italy
Jun 20 2017 to Jun 24 2017
Aluminium China Shanghai, China
Jul 19 2017 to Jul 21 2017
# W2–2M23
Fabtech Chicago, IL
Nov 6 2017 to Nov 9 2017


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