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Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc.. (3/6/15). "Press Release: New Handheld Analyzer Combines FTIR and Raman Technologies for Military, Explosives and Hazmat Responders". New Orleans, LA.

Region Region New Orleans, LA
  Country United States (USA)
Organisations Organisation Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. (NYSE: TMO)
  Group Thermo Fisher (Group)
  Organisation 2 Pittcon (The Pittsburgh Conference on Analytical Chemistry and Applied Spectroscopy Inc.)
Products Product Gemini analyzer
  Product 2 Pittcon 2015 New Orleans
Persons Person Fitzpatrick, Maura (Thermo Fisher 201503 Senior Director Portable Analytical Instruments)
  Person 2 Lowe, Brian (Greenough 201503)
     


Thermo Scientific Gemini analyzer is first handheld instrument to integrate two leading chemical ID technologies into a single portable device


Military personnel, bomb technicians, hazmat teams and first responders tasked with identifying unknown chemicals and explosives in the field can now employ a new, innovative portable analyzer combining both FTIR and Raman spectroscopy in a single handheld instrument for a faster, more confident response.

The Thermo Scientific Gemini analyzer, featured at Pittcon 2015 (booth 2523) at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, is the first to integrate these complementary and confirmatory chemical identification techniques in a rugged, handheld instrument. Building upon the industry-leading Thermo Scientific TruDefender (FTIR) and FirstDefender (Raman) product lines, the Gemini analyzer requires minimal training and is easy to use. Gemini’s lightweight design makes it ideal for chemical response personnel, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) technicians and other responders burdened with heavy equipment for lengthy missions.

“Ten years ago, this level of analytical rigor and specificity was only possible inside a lab – with instruments that were far from portable,” said Maura Fitzpatrick, senior director, portable analytical instruments, Thermo Fisher Scientific. “Today, we’re redefining portable instrumentation with a two-in-one analyzer that is small enough for field use, giving military and first response personnel a tremendous tactical advantage – helping them minimize time on target and confidently make life-saving decisions.”

The Gemini analyzer includes an extensive library that enables operators to identify unknown solids and liquids, from explosives and chemical warfare agents to industrial chemicals and precursors. By leveraging both Raman and FTIR analysis, the Gemini analyzer takes advantage of the strengths of each technology to address a broader range of samples than either technique could alone. For substances identifiable by both Raman and FTIR, the Gemini analyzer provides comprehensive analysis, delivering more actionable information to the operator. Switching between analysis techniques is fast and easy using the tactical keypad or touchscreen.

The Thermo Scientific Gemini analyzer also offers:

> An intuitive interface, including customizable profiles and Scan Assist, to guide the operator through technology selection and sampling;

> A motorized anvil that adjusts sample pressure based on user settings and enables Scan Delay for FTIR analysis;

> Built-in safety features designed to increase protection from potentially hazardous substances; and

> 24/7 reachback support, with Ph.D.spectroscopists available for spectral analysis and operational inquiries.

Please visit Pittcon booth 2523 or www.thermoscientific.com/gemini for more information.


About Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the world leader in serving science, with revenues of $17 billion and approximately 50,000 employees in 50 countries. Our mission is to enable our customers to make the world healthier, cleaner and safer. We help our customers accelerate life sciences research, solve complex analytical challenges, improve patient diagnostics and increase laboratory productivity. Through our premier brands – Thermo Scientific, Applied Biosystems, Invitrogen, Fisher Scientific and Unity Lab Services – we offer an unmatched combination of innovative technologies, purchasing convenience and comprehensive support. For more information, please visit www.thermofisher.com.

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Contact:

Media Contact Information:

Kerstin Barr
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Tewksbury, MA
+1.978-933-1534
kerstin.barr@thermofisher.com

Brian Lowe
Greenough
Boston, Mass., USA
+1 617-275-6523
blowe@greenough.biz

   
Record changed: 2016-06-07

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