Chemical identification with 908 Devices’ novel HPMS Technology

The MX908 is a handheld, portable chemical identifier which utilizes High-Pressure Mass Spectrometry (HPMS) for analysis. Used by elite responders in the field, the MX908 is capable of detecting and identifying a range of chemical targets, including illegal drugs, explosives, chemical warfare agents and hazardous chemicals such as TICs and TIMs.

The MX908 performs trace-level threat detection, with high sensitivity and selectivity. It is able to analyze all phases of matter with results in less than 60 seconds, and is a rugged, easy to use device.

With multiple built-in mission modes for drugs, chemical warfare agents and explosives, the MX908 is an ideal instrument for first responders and the military.

MX908 High-Pressure Mass Spectrometer features 

  • Analysis of vapor, solid and liquid phase chemicals
  • Flexible trace detection for drugs, explosives, CWAs and hazardous chemicals
  • Chemical mass range 50-460 m/z
  • Trace detection down to the ppb/nanogram level
  • Fast start-up with rapid analysis (less than 60 seconds)
  • Clear audio and visual alerts
  • A simple and easy-to-use user interface
  • Low maintenance and operational costs
  • Minimizes operator exposure to chemical threats
  • Rugged, IP54 rated and MIL-STD-810G tested
  • Easy to change modular accessories to transition between solid/liquid and vapor sampling
  • Mission-specific modes for chemical analysis

The MX908 is suitable for use in:

  • Drug identification
  • CWA and Novichok detection and identification
  • Hazmat response – analysis of hazardous chemicals e.g. in clandestine labs
  • Explosives detection
  • Border/checkpoint security
  • Postal security
  • Event security
  • Site exploitation

Drug Analysis

Using Drug Hunter mode, the MX908 can identify a range of drugs of abuse down to trace level, in particular, fentanyl and its analogs.

The MX908 features a unique algorithm for the detection of novel fentanyl analogs not available in chemical libraries (2000+ analogs). Previously undetectable threats can be classified, with no library updates required.

The device is capable of identifying mixed samples of street drugs e.g. heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine with fentanyl analogs, with no sample preparation required for heroin, unlike other analysis techniques.

Additionally, as the MX908 detects nanogram/ppb levels of substances, device users can sample exteriors of suspect packages for trace residues, limiting their exposure to the substances inside.

CWA Analysis

Using the CWA Hunter mode, MX908 can detect and identify traditional priority chemical warfare agents and emerging threats. These include fourth generation agents, also known as Novichoks or A-series agents as well as GA, GB, VX, VE and a range of other agents.

The MX908 is the only field-deployable tool for rapid trace detection and identification of A-series agents at low nanogram levels. This capability is in addition to pharmaceutical based agent detection and traditional CWAs – the MX908 is an all in one handheld device.

With real-time vapor quantification (in mg/m3), the CWA Hunter Mode also provides early indication and identification of fatal chemical threats.

Explosives Analysis

Using the Explosives Hunter mode, the MX908 can detect a range of explosives in the vapor and solid/liquid phases, including military grade, commercial grade and homemade explosives, as well as key precursors.

Invisible quantities of explosives on surfaces can be detected using the MX908 with its sampling swabs, or trace amounts, down to the ppb level, can be detected in the air using the MX908’s vapor module.

MX908 High-Pressure Mass Spectrometer Specifications                                                              

Size

29.8 x 21.6 x 12.2 cm (11.8 x 8.5 x 4.8 in)

Power

Replaceable, hot swappable batteries with >3 hours of continuous operation (2 spare batteries included)

Display

Adjustable ultra-bright backlit display for direct sunlight and nighttime conditions, 12.7 cm (5 in)

Weight

≤4.3 kg (9.5 lbs); varies based on module, accessories

Ionization Source

Non-radioactive, internal ionization, variable energy, dual polarity

Sample Introduction

Continuous gas/vapor analysis; rapid trace-to-bulk solid/liquid analysis via thermal desorption swabs

Alarm Type

Audio and visual for both detection and identification

Software

Embedded, self-contained, on-board analytics

Decontamination

IP-54 rated, chemical resistant housing spray/splash and wipe down

Operating Temperature

0°–40° C (32°-110° F)

Storage Temperature

-20°–60° C (-4°-140° F)

Ruggedness

MIL-STD-810G

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