Smiths Detection launches handheld spectrometer to identify suspicious substances

April 24, 2009--Integrated security solutions provider Smiths Detection (Danbury, CT) launched its HazMatID Ranger worldwide, following its successful introduction in the U.S. last May. The HazMatID Ranger chemical spectrometer is designed for handheld, backpack, or robot portability and features touch-to-sample operation using Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR) technology.

April 24, 2009--Integrated security solutions provider Smiths Detection (Danbury, CT) launched its HazMatID Ranger worldwide, following its successful introduction in the U.S. last May. The HazMatID Ranger chemical spectrometer is designed for handheld, backpack, or robot portability and features touch-to-sample operation using Fourier-transform infrared (FTIR; see also "Optical cavity boosts broadband FTS sensitivity") technology (see also "Spectroscopy shines at PittCON 09").

Analysis is performed by simply touching a diamond ATR sensor tip directly to a sample. The HazMatID Ranger provides both spectral results and a list of probable substances to aid in the responders' capability to identify chemicals, as well as components in mixtures. It provides identification of over 32,000 substances including white powders, explosives, pesticides, narcotics, common and toxic industrial chemicals.

Mal Maginnis, president, Global Military and Emergency Responders for Smiths Detection, said, "We continue to adapt proven technologies to be smaller, lighter, multi-purposed and integrated in order to meet the many challenges our customers face."

For more information, go to www.smithsdetection.com.

--Posted by Gail Overton, gailo@pennwell.com; www.laserfocusworld.com.

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