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Handheld Raman spectrometers for Hazardous Materials analysis

Fast, accurate, actionable identification of explosive materials is critical not only for first responders, but also for ensuring the safety of the public. Raman instruments provide a molecular fingerprint of samples measured and provide nondestructive, non-contact identification of explosives such as TATP, HMTD, PETN, TNT, RDX and many more while also being able to identify precursor materials. Utilizing handheld Raman instrumentation, non-contact analysis can be performed through transparent containers, glass bottle, plastic bags and more, all while limiting or eliminating exposure to the sample by the user.

The TacticID from B&W Tek is a field-ready handheld spectral analysis instrument designed for non-contact forensic analysis by a variety of safety personnel including military, law enforcement, bomb squads, hazmat teams and more. The TacticID utilizes lab-proven Raman spectroscopy, allowing users to get real-time actionable identification of hazardous substances while reducing operational uncertainty and response time. TacticID was created from the ground up to enable safety personnel to tackle their job with the most advanced technology available, enabling fast, accurate, secure threat identification all in a small, lightweight handheld form factor.