Bruker DE-tector passes

Bruker DE-tector passes the enhanced ASTM trace explosive detection standard .


Shrivenham, UK, Feb. 8, 2013 – Bruker DE-tector drug and explosive detector has successfully passed both the basic ASTM and enhanced standard for trace explosive detectors (E2520 – 07 Standard Practice for Verifying Minimum Acceptable Performance of Trace Explosive Detectors).

The tests were carried out in conjunction with CBRNe World and Cranfield University, who provide the testing service and have developed the enhanced ASTM test. The two days of testing included both lab testing, looking at trace amounts of explosive down to the 3ng range, and field tests. The first day involved pre- and post-detonation testing on the Cranfield explosives range, where trace samples of eight explosives were taken from witness plates in the blast area and presented to the De-tector.

The DE-tector was then put through the ASTM testing protocol on the second day. The DE-tector passed the lab based ASTM basic standard with ease, and was then put through the more rigorous ASTM enhanced test. The Bruker DE-tector was the first detector to be tested against CBRNe World’s new modified enhanced ASTM test. The new test now includes testing a detector against peroxide explosives such as TATP and HMTD as well as the conventional military explosives. The same comprehensive testing of the ASTM enhanced test still remains, looking at durability of consumables, high repetition testing and variations on speed of detection.

Andrew Johnston, Head of Explosives Testing for CBRNe World said:

“We are all very impressed with the outcome of the last two days. The DE-tector Drugs and explosive detector has performed exceptionally well, in fact the detector performed so well we were able to add some additional limits of detection testing into the lab test day pushing the detector well beyond the requirements of the ASTM tests, all of which it took in its stride. The feedback from Bruker has been excellent, and we have enjoyed working with them and assisting them in their on-going development of the DE-tector. We have both learnt a lot from this process and we look forward to working with them closely in the future. This trace explosive detector testing service is highly innovative, it was developed with Cranfield University, who have the unique staff and facilities for this kind of testing, and we are very pleased that Bruker were so keen to take advantage of it.”

Bruker Detection Division
Bruker Detection, a Division of Bruker Corporation is a leading global specialist in the production of Chemical, Biological, Radiation, Nuclear, Explosive (CBRNE) detection equipment and total solutions. Established 30 years ago, we strive to provide a constantly improving range of sophisticated products. This constant improvement keeps Bruker Detection ahead in countering the CBRNE Threat. Our products are built to the highest standards using state-of-the-art technology, ruggedised designs and supplied with modular accessories and integrating software solutions. This combination permits ultimate flexibility and wide ranging practical application.

Bruker Corporation is a leading provider of high-performance scientific instruments and solutions for molecular and materials research, as well as for industrial and applied analysis. For more information about Bruker Corporation, please visit

Cranfield University
Cranfield Forensic Institute (CFI) provides a University focus for the application of science and technology to law enforcement particularly, through forensic science and engineering. This is serviced by concentrating upon niche areas that include research and development, education, security technology, ballistics, forensic engineering and forensic archaeology.

Dr Karl Harrison is a registered Expert with the National Police Improvement Agency, a Professional Member of the Forensic Science Society, Karl’s operational experience includes seven years’ experience as a Scenes of Crime Officer and Crime Scene Manager working with Wiltshire Constabulary and West Midlands Police, prior to taking up an appointment as a lead scientist with LGC Forensics. He is now a Lecturer within the Cranfield Forensics Institute. Tracey Temple, Lecturer within the Cranfield Dept of Defence Chemistry, focuses on explosive fate within the environment and conducts specific research in to explosive breakdown products.

CBRNe World
CBRNe World, a publication of Falcon communications is the world's leading publication on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosives (CBRNe) threats. With over 10,000 readers in the military and civilian response sectors the bi-monthly magazine serves the information needs of professionals around the world. The explosives detection testing service is the most recent addition to our growing consultancy division of Falcon Communications.

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