908 unveil their handheld MS

908 Devices have launched their M908 (did you see what they did there!), which they describe as the world’s first and only handheld tool utilizing high-pressure mass spectrometry (HPMS) for trace-level chemical detection and identification

The M908 is designed for military and commercial customers and has been environmentally hardened to commercial and military standards, such as MIL-STD-810G. It weighs just 2.0kg (4.4lbs), is battery powered and 'designed for effortless operation in full personal protective equipment (PPE).' The M908 delivers multimode detection and identification from trace to bulk materials in liquid, solid and vapor form. Alerts are provided in seconds with rapid clear down time between measurements and low false alarm rates providing trusted performance for immediate action in the field.

“M908 was designed to overcome limitations of existing trace detection tools and to help address the expanding needs of our customers”, stated Dr. Kevin J. Knopp, co-founder and chief executive officer at 908 Devices in their press release. “We wanted to provide something really unique – a simple, rugged device that fills some very large gaps in capabilities, that does not burden a user with maintenance and logistics, and at the same time provide tremendous value with the ability to evolve to meet tomorrow’s threats and challenges. We’ve done just that with M908.”

Other handheld/man portable devices that utilise GCMS, MS or GC have tended to have a high training burden, compared to other detectors, due to the scientific nature of the device, it will be interesting to see how 908 Devices copes with this challenge in times of financial adversity.

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