908 Devices Launches New Capabilities for Handheld MX908 Mass Spec Device to Speed Unknown Chemical Detection in the Field

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Keeping pace with new threats.

The list of potential explosive threats is greater and more varied than it’s ever been. Extremist groups continue to find new ways to develop improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and homemade explosives (HMEs) using creative and often unexpected deployment methods.  Today’s emergency responders, bomb disposal units, civilian support teams and military need expanded capabilities for rapid detection, identification and monitoring of new threats at the point of action.

Closing the detection gap.

Existing field optical tools perform well for explosive detection when large amounts of material are available to test but are unreliable as sample size shrinks. With MX908® emergency responders can perform rapid, highly sensitive trace detection for numerous explosives and precursors no matter how much sample is available. A simple swab test detects even what can’t be seen.


Hunting for explosives.

Explosives Hunter is a Mission Mode for trace detection of military and commercial grade explosives,  home-made energetics and relevant precursors.  It cuts through background clutter to clearly and rapidly identify explosives in the field.

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New MX908 Mission Modes enhance performance using specialized software configurations to optimize operational performance of existing hardware for mission objectives.

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  • Episode 1

A Brief History of Field Technology

The guys introduce themselves and give a brief history of how laboratory technology has evolved for field use since the early 2000’s.

  • Episode 2

Anthrax vs Fentanyl

Get some perspectives on how the “white powder” call has changed dramatically from the anthrax attacks of October 2001 to the synthetic opioid epidemic of more recent years.

  • Episode 3

Figures of Merit

On the nerdiest show so far, learn some of the scientific terms used to define the performance of analytical technologies and how they apply to the meters you use in the field.

  • Episode 4

What Category is Your Meter

Dave leads a discussion on the categories of technologies defined by SWGDRUG and how those categories can apply to using your meters together in the field.

  • Episode 5

Infrared Spectroscopy

In the first of a 3-part technology series, Mark leads a discussion on the basics of infrared spectroscopy and the enabling factors that made this powerful lab technique useful for emergency responders.

  • Episode 6

Raman Spectroscopy

In the second of a 3-part technology series, Dr. Christopher D. Brown joins the show to discuss field Raman meters, and you’ll learn some tips for measuring solid mixtures effectively and explosive materials safely.

  • Episode 7

Mass Spectrometry and IMS

In the final of a 3-part technology series, Dr. Chris Weber joins the gang as a member of F.A.S.T. to discuss mass spectrometry, GC-MS, and IMS, and the implications for field use by emergency responders.

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Emerging Chemical Threats: Novichoks, The Newcomers

Panel Discussion: The Emerging Threat Landscape

The Expanding Value of Technology in Investigations and Court

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Recon to Decon: A Toolbox Approach to Hazmat Response


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