BaySpec's new handheld Raman spectrometer features MIL-STD-810 rugged design

MARCH 9, 2009--Spectral engines developer BaySpec, Inc. (Fremont, CA) says its new third-generation handheld Raman system offers high reliability and repeatability in a handheld, battery-operated package. The TRicorder comes in two versions (a high performance model, the TRicorder-1TM, which provides 7 cm-1 resolution and returns results in less than 2 seconds; and a basic model, the -0TM, which provides 17 cm-1 resolution and provides results in 10 seconds) and sports a rugged mechanical design with no moving parts based on BaySpec's Volume Phase Gratings (VPG) technology--MIL STD 810F shock and vibration--which is also used in head-up fighter jet displays.

BaySpec explains that first-generation FTIR (Fourier-transform infrared) Raman systems were laboratory instruments. Second generation analyzers added portability, but were still costly and struggled with repeatability. BaySpec's TRicorder-1 measures 5 x 5 x 9 inches and weighs just 5 lbs.; the -01 version is even smaller, and weighs half as much. Both units enables single-handed or wireless hands-free analysis. The TRicorder features narrowband fiber laser, sensitive attenuated total reflectance (ATR) probe interface, and low power consumption.

According to BaySpec, the ergonomically designed TRicorder can identify both commonplace and rare chemicals through glass, plastic, transparent, and even translucent materials. It can accurately identify chemicals in mixtures with low concentrations and enables non-destructive testing to preserve samples for additional tests and/or as evidence.

The TRicorder's "Spec 20/20" software promises ease of use with its graphical user interface, as well as "on-board results." It is pre-calibrated for life to ensure operational accuracy.

A Windows-based handheld PC is included for ease of use and familiarity. The unit is shipping in volume and priced at $11,980 for single unit quantities.

For more information please see BaySpec's website.

Posted by Barbara G. Goode,, for BioOptics World.

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