908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built analytical devices for chemical analysis, today announced several software and hardware improvements for its flagship high-pressure mass spec™ (HPMS) product, M908™. Since its introduction in 2014, M908 has expanded the capabilities of CBRNE and HAZMAT organizations around the world with fast and accurate identification of priority chemical threats, including chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial chemicals, and precursors.
Performance enhancements to the device heightened sensitivity and increased the Target List to more than 100 available targets with continued emphasis on current priority chemical threats. Close customer collaboration resulted in enhancements to the user interface and new workflows that guide users throughout operation. This includes the introduction of a Walkthrough mode, which serves as a guided graphical interface and measurement sequence for stepping users through trace to bulk material analysis. New sampling accessories simplify measurements across a range of field scenarios. A new vapor probe improves response time and sensitivity for priority, low-volatility materials, and new disposable Captive Sampling accessories simplify measurements of materials in difficult-to-control environments.
“We are constantly working with our users to bring improvements that simplify training and ease-of-use while updating and expanding the target list to keep customer capabilities current with what is happening in our world,” said Dr. Kevin J. Knopp, President and CEO, 908 Devices. “With continued support from the safety and security community, the usability and performance of the world’s first and only handheld mass spectrometer continues to get stronger.”
Most recently, 908 Devices has added the support of two key first response organizations, the U.S. Department of Defense and the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY), which have placed orders to deploy its industry-leading device. To further enhance its arsenal of threat detection resources, the Department of Defense has invested in an additional 50 M908 devices, which will also be deployed worldwide for use in a broad range of operations relating to chemical warfare detection and identification. In addition, the Fire Department of New York City, the largest fire department in the nation, will be deploying the technology to broaden its Hazardous Materials response capabilities.
“Our customers have made it clear that increased demands in the field call for more robust features,” said John Kenneweg, Vice President, 908 Devices. “The new enhancements bundled into our last two product upgrades respond directly to the unique challenges of the CBRNE and broader HAZMAT missions.”