Hitachi Vulcan Smart Handheld LIBS Analyzer (VULCAN-SMART)

    Hitachi Vulcan Smart Handheld LIBS Analyzer



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    Hitachi's Vulcan Smart is a top choice for finished parts material inspection, quality control and material verification. Vulcan Smart is incredibly fast, making large inventory checks a quick and easy process. The bottom line is Vulcan Smart will help you avoid material mix-ups that could have significant consequences for components used in refineries, power plants and manufacturing.

    How it Works

    Vulcan Smart features a high-powered laser that vaporizes the metal being analyzed to close to 10,000 degrees Celsius, producing a plasma. The burn mark is so small on the surface of the metal that it looks like a minuscule scratch and is barely visible. When completing an analysis, typically less than one billionth of a gram of material is used. Since Vulcan Smart uses such a small amount of material in its analysis, you can even check finished metal goods for quality assurance and quality control purposes.

    Lightweight & Easy to Hold

    Vulcan Smart was designed with comfort in mind. It is both ergonomic and balanced for easy gripping. Globally, it is the lightest Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) tool, so when used for prolonged periods it still feels comfortable and easy to operate.

    Accurate & Precise

    Vulcan Smart is highly accurate and precise. You can rely on it to correctly identify the alloy you are working with, which makes it a top choice for inspection and quality control professionals.

    Analyze A Wider Range of Alloys

    For a cost effective solution to identity steel and nickel alloys, Vulcan Smart is a perfect fit. It's designed for ferrous testing and is limited to stainless steels, tool steels, low alloy steels and nickel alloys only. It is possible to upgrade the unit to include cobalt, copper, lead, tin, titanium and zinc calibrations.

    Advanced Data Management 

    We have made data management for Vulcan Smart simple. You can securely transfer and store all of your results using the most advanced software available. Creating reports for your analysis and compiling data for quality control are also easily done. Vulcan uses OiConnect cloud service via Wi-Fi, smartphone or simply use a USB stick to transfer your results to a computer or laptop. Whatever your preference, data can be managed quickly, easily and safely, wherever you are.

    Significantly Increase Productivity

    Vulcan Smart is the fastest tool in the world for analyzing metal alloys. Faster than any XRF analyzer. It typically takes an XRF analyzer 5 to 15 seconds (or even longer) to identify and analyze aluminum alloys. It takes Vulcan Smart one second.

    Even if your current XRF tool produces results in three seconds, switching to Vulcan Smart could enable you to process double the number of analyses a day. With a large inventory, that time can make all the difference.

    There is no need to stop work due to battery power as the unit can operate all day on a single battery. Vulcan Smart's display is easy to read and can be viewed in direct sunlight. Cleaning the tool is also an easy process.

    Why Vulcan Smart is the Perfect Tool for your Business

    Vulcan Smart provides great value and guarantees a real return on your investment. Making the switch from an XRF tool to Vulcan Smart makes financial sense since Vulcan Smart is more accurate, more precise and more consistent.

    Its laser analyzer has been designed for high performance and guarantees very high accuracy and precision for its analysis results. As an example, when you use Vulcan Smart to analyze steel, it provides both the commercial grade of steel and its exact chemical composition. Ease of use has significantly reduced or even eliminated user errors, so analysis results will be both reliable and consistent.

    Much Lower Cost of Ownership

    Because Vulcan Smart is a laser tool, there is no need to send staff to expensive and time-consuming radiation classes related to XRF analyzers. Compared to XRF analyzers, you can quickly and easily implement Vulcan Smart into your workflow and will realize substantial cost and time savings related to the training and certification required.

    Tried and Trusted

    Hitachi High Tech Analytical Science directly manufactures the Vulcan Smart's proprietary core components (the spectrometer and laser) and it is carefully crafted and rigorously tested. Rugged and durable, the Vulcan Smart laser tool has been built to last and withstand use in the toughest environments. The Vulcan Smart is both splash water and dust proof (IP54 certified), and solid sapphire glass protects the measurement window. Extended warranties and service plans are available covering maintenance and support.


    Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy (LIBS) technology: 

    • No X-Rays – no expensive and time consuming training classes
    • One second measurement for all alloys, all sample types - no exceptions
    • No sensitive components in the analyzer nose, no detector punctures

     Just point and shoot:

    • Custom user interface, based on extensive customer survey
    • No calibrations to choose from - no chance for user error
    • Fixed one second measurement time  

     Virtually non-destructive technology

    • Hardly visible burn mark left on the sample surface
    • Less than one billionth of a gram of material is consumed  

     Factory calibrated and ready to go

    • Ready to use straight out of the box
    • Calibrated in the factory with certified reference materials (CRMs) – traceable calibrations
    • Automatic calibration selection
    • Check sample provided with the instrument to verify the instrument stability and performance

    Peace of mind

    • 1 year warranty for the Vulcan Smart instrument
    • 3 months warranty for batteries
    • Extended warranty plans available


    • Identify hundreds of alloy grades in just one second. Including irons, low alloy steels, tool steels, stainless steels and nickel alloys
    • Calibrations can be upgraded to include Cu, Co, Ti, Ni, Sn and Zn alloys 
    • Pre-loaded AISI, DIN, GB and JIS grade libraries
    • User customisable grade libraries. Possibility to edit the existing libraries or create completely new ones
    • Identification of pure elements: Ag, Au, Bi, Cd, Cr, Ge, Hf, In, Mn, Mo, Nb, Pd, Sb, Si, Ta, V, W, Y and Zr
    • Analyse large or small samples
    • Adjustable pre-burn function to clean the sample surface before making the measurement
    • No calibrations to choose from. The instrument automatically detects the sample type and selects the right calibration eliminating the chance of user error
    • Typical detection limits between 0.02 % and 0.1% depending on the element and matrix

    Intuitive User Interface

    • Integrated computer with Linux operating system for unparalleled reliability
    • Large 4.3” capacitive touch screen protected with 3 mm thick Dragontrail scratch and impact resistant glass
    • Display can be operated with gloves on
    • Simplified and intuitive user interface, available in 13 languages
    • Point and shoot operation, minimal training required
    • Large grade ID display with up to 3 closest matches
    • Pin the important elements on the top of the screen for even better visibility
    • User customisable measurement programs including Analyse, Pass/Fail and Average options
    • Smart sample tags for quick notes, lot numbers, purchase order information and more
    • Optional built-in close focus CCD camera to help targeting the instrument
    • Instrument stores up to 30 000 results with camera images
    • Customisable CSV reporting directly from the analyser to a USB flash drive
    • Connectivity to OI Connect cloud service via Wi-Fi or mobile phone
    • User interface available in 13 languages: Chinese traditional, Chinese simplified, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish




     Grade identification and full chemistry


     Stainless steels, low alloy steels, tool steels, Ni alloys


     Co, Cu, Pb, Sn, Ti, Zn alloys


     Al and Mg alloys


     Built-in camera




     Pre-burn to clean the sample surface


     IP54 (NEMA 3 equivalent) dust and splash water protected


     MIL-STD-810G compliant


     Full day operation with one battery


     Battery Operation

    8-10 Hours

     Warranty (instrument)

     1 year

     Warranty (battery)

     3 months

     Weight with Battery

    1.5 kg / 3.3 lbs

     Grade library with over 1500 grades


     Operating Temperature Range

    0–40 ⁰C (32–104 ⁰F)

    Package Includes

    • Vulcan Smart analyser
    • Vulcan Smart quick start guide
    • Full Vulcan user manual provided in 7 languages (English, Chinese (simplified), French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish (electronic, stored on the USB memory stick).
    • Grade libraries (calibration set software installed in unit): AISI, DIN, JIS (user selectable and editable)
    • Standard calibration set: stainless steels, tool steels, low alloy steels, Nickel alloys Calibration set can be extended to cover: Co, Cu, Pb, Sn, Ti, Zn Pure element identification for Ag, Au, Bi, Cd, Cr, Ge, Hf, In, Mn, Mo, Nb, Pd, Sb, Si, Ta, V, W, Y and Zr
    • Li-ion battery 7.2 V / 6.2 Ah, (2 batteries included)
    • Battery charger
    • Power supply with changeable power plugs (US/Japan, Europe, UK, Australia)
    • Carry case for transport and storage of the Vulcan Smart analyser
    • Lanyard and wrist strap
    • Cleaning kit – pack of 100 optical grade cotton buds to clean the measurement window
    • USB memory stick (contains electronic copies of the Vulcan series user manuals and quick guides)
    • Stainless steel 316 check sample with certificate
    • Calibration folder