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New Generation in Handheld Chemical Identification

Rigaku PROGENY ResQ Raman Analyser

On 23 August MONCh reported the availability of the Rigaku PROGENY ResQ Raman spectrometer from Berlin-based Abacus Analytical Systems (see https://monch.com/mpg/news/security/4007-abacus-gc-ms-spectrometer.html). Since then, further information has become available regarding this device, optimised for use by emergency responders, bomb disposal teams, civilian support teams, law enforcement and military personnel.

Manufactured by Rigaku Analytical Devices, the PROGENY ResQ 1064nm Raman analyser represenets a new generation in handheld chemical identification, rapidly categorising unknown substances. As the first handheld Raman analyser to employ 1064nm laser excitation, the device provides users with a more comprehensive chemical detection range in a fast and robust form, conforming to MIL-STD 810-G and IP68 standards.

The ResQ offers a unique capability to measure coloured materials in bulk or through coloured packaging, with reduced fluorescence interference, and delivers easy-to-interpret actionable results with the touch of a button. The ‘living library,’ which includes a standard library of over 13,000 compounds, can be expanded even further by users. Software features such as 4C technology expand incident response capability by automatically monitoring individual scans to warn users of potentially dangerous combinations of compounds. An on-board digital camera and barcode scanner record sample evidence and stores with named analysis reports in accordance with CFR21Part11.

Used in combination with QuickDetect software, the ResQ is the first field-ready handheld Raman tool to provide both bulk and trace analysis of hazardous chemicals, narcotics, explosives, and chemical warfare agents in seconds and complies with the SWGDRUG category A and category C protocols.

QuickDetect is optional and compatible with Detectachem’s MobileDetect pouches – ideal for trace amounts, residues or non-visible substances. This new feature removes human error and the subjective nature of traditional colour reagent kits.

With the integration of this automated colorimetric analysis capability, users have access to two proven technologies – on one device,” commented Rigaku Analytical Devices President, Bree Allen. “This provides users with the ability to identify more, keeping first responders safer when handling the unknown, such as fentanyl.”

The combination of rapid response time, easy operation, the ability to identify coloured materials, even through packaging, and the ability to detect trace amounts, all demonstrate how the PROGENY ResQ 1064nm Raman analyser is the instrument of choice for the safety and security industry.

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