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Smiths Detection launches advanced ruggedised portable chemical identifier

03 September 2012

The newly-launched Smiths Detection HazMatID Elite, certified to the strictest military standard for use in the most extreme climates, is designed to identify toxic industrial products, explosives, chemical warfare agents and narcotics.

The Elite is the next generation of Smiths Detection’s HazMatID, which the company claims is the most widely used field-portable Fourier Transform Infrared Spectroscopy (FT-IR) solid and liquid identifier in use worldwide.  Ten times smaller and four times lighter than the original, it uses innovative sampling techniques for reliable determination of suspicious powders plus direct surface contaminant analysis and robotics integration.

Mal Maginnis, President of Smiths Detection, said: “As the only chemical identifier able to provide actionable data and easy-to-use chemical analysis tools, HazMatID Elite maximises the reach of miniaturised and ruggedised FT-IR field technology.”

HazMatID Elite’s enhanced functionality includes an intuitive interface and self-guided software as well as encrypted wireless communications in support of down range operations.  Personnel can train to use the system in under an hour, far less time and resources than required for comparable equipment. 

Analysis is performed by placing a small amount of the unknown substance onto the diamond ATR sensor and applying pressure with an integrated press for solid samples. The sample interface also includes an integrated well for the containment of liquid samples. A second, touch-to-sample, diamond ATR interface is available for rapid analysis of pooled liquids and surface films, and enables robotics applications.

The HazMatID Elite user interface contains a large display screen with a high viewing angle and visibility in direct sunlight conditions, large keypad controls for effective operation in protective gear, and an intuitive software workflow design. On-screen instructional graphics guide users through the essential operations of the device to maximize ease-of-use and reduce the training burden for security personnel.

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