Boston, MA -- (ReleaseWire) -- 07/23/2014 -- 908 Devices, a pioneer of purpose-built analytical devices for chemical analysis, announces the successful completion of performance testing for the M908 handheld mass spectrometer. MRIGlobal, a not-for-profit leading contract research and test facility for government and industry, carried out testing at its independent test facility in Kansas City. M908 performance was tested using chemical warfare agents (CWA) and simulants, toxic industrial compounds (TICs) and environmental pollutants. The evaluation concludes ‘The device routinely performed at or exceeded expectations for all test categories.’
M908, the world’s first handheld mass spectrometer, is designed for chemical detection and identification of solids, liquids and vapor targets at trace to bulk quantities. Engineered to provide civilian users, first responders, and military teams with unique capabilities in hand, M908 is set to transform the way chemical and explosive hazards are controlled at the point of need.
Consisting of 12,000 test cases across 15 chemical targets and interferents, test reports show favorable performance against Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) defined protocols with 1-second analysis times. Detection rates in the presence of up to 75% humidity and in the presence of high concentration interferents (JP8, AFFF, antifreeze, cologne and Windex) showed low ppb detection limits with 95% confidence limits.
“This evaluation is a milestone for M908 that further validates performance in the challenging circumstances our customers face every day”, says Kevin Knopp, co-founder and chief executive officer at 908Devices. “As expected, the M908 demonstrated solid performance through a series of difficult tests providing rapid results and actionable answers.”
Utilizing the unique proficiency of high-pressure mass spectrometry™ (HPMS), M908 expands the first responder tool kit adding deep chemical, explosive and precursor material identification and detection capabilities beyond traditional tools. The selectivity of mass spectrometry allows M908 to detect trace quantities of critical targets amongst the myriad of interferents that plague other less sensitive technologies.
Since it’s release in March 2014, M908 has received excellent initial feedback from the response community. This groundbreaking technology was recently recognized by the scientific industry winning The Analytical Scientist Innovation Award in 2013 by demonstrating the impact a small, simple and robust mass spec device will have for first responders as well as chemical identification and detection applications more broadly.
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About 908 Devices
908 Devices, a pioneer in purpose-built analytical devices, is bringing the powerful capabilities of Mass Spectrometry out of the confines of centralized laboratories. Award winning High Pressure Mass Spectrometry (HPMS) technology provides the platform for compact, personalized analyzers serving a range of industries including safety and security, life sciences, oil and gas, and beyond. Founded in 2012 by a proven team of industry and technology veterans, 908 Devices is based in Boston’s Innovation District.
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