Historically automated equipment for X-ray sample preparation was limited to routine samples with a limited variation range of the composition based on the risk of cross contamination.
The role of full phase analysis in the mining industry has grown in past 10 to 15 years as a result of significant improvements in XRD instrumentation and corresponding analysis software. Today the measurements take only a few minutes and a full pattern Rietveld refinement can be performed in just a few of minutes.
During the past 10 years XRD (X-ray diffraction) gained greater acceptance for industrial applications, particularly for the cement industry. One of the major drivers is the need for more and better phase information at the different steps during the production.