Bruker Daltonics RAID Chemical Agent and Toxic Chemical Detectors Receive US Exemption from Radiation Safety Requirements

Bruker Daltonics announces that its RAID™ IMS (ion mobility spectrometry) chemical detectors have received an exemption from radiation safety requirements from the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC).

Bruker Daltonics’ newest IMS chemical detectors use a very low intensity radiation source in a closed system to ionize air samples for analysis. Prior generation radiation sources, or other manufacturers’ open-inlet IMS systems, have normally required burdensome administrative and management procedures, which are inconvenient, particularly for local first responders.

Bruker’s unique design and excellent safety record have led the NRC to grant an exempt license for Bruker’s latest RAID IMS instruments, which now no longer require any registration, licensing, leak testing, record keeping, special disposal or fees. For customers in civil defense and homeland security this represents a considerable simplification and advantage.

Frank Thibodeau, Vice President of Bruker Daltonics NBC Corporation, commented: “This announcement is a further indication as to why our RAID IMS systems are increasingly recognized as the preeminent chemical detectors in the world today, offering excellent detection performance, low false positive rates and the versatility to detect many toxic industrial chemicals or chemical warfare agents. For example, our RAID-M handheld detectors have just been selected for the National Guard Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Teams’ (CST) cutting-edge Analytical Laboratory Systems. Our RAID-Ms will provide real-time chemical screening on site for the CST response mission. RAID-M is becoming the preferred handheld detector for this and many other chemical detection applications worldwide.”

He continued: “In addition, our new RAID-AFM (Autonomous Facility Monitor) is a novel instrument that can detect and identify up to 20 chemical agents and toxic industrial chemicals. It monitors critical infrastructure on a continuous basis, and is the ideal instrument for early detection of chemical accidents, or attacks against facilities and public buildings.”

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