Detection

Bruker Instruments are Protecting Infrastructure Across the Globe

Our technology is intrinsic to the continuous protection of people’s safety and maintaining quality and process reliability. The comprehensive product portfolio comprises of highly innovative sensors such as the DE-tector flex and TIMON used in critical infrastructure to detect Explosives, Drugs and toxic Chemicals protecting the public and helping Emergency and Security Services to do their jobs effectively.

DE-tector flex based on IMS technology using a non-radioactive ionization source.
DE-tector flex based on IMS technology using a non-radioactive ionization source.

DE-tector flex is our latest state-of-the-art benchtop analyzer for the trace detection of explosives and narcotics and is designed to meet both traditional and emerging threats. It plays an essential security role in both air passenger screening and access control. Bruker’s highly reliable DE-tector family of instruments are widely used and key to passenger and cargo safety at many major airports across the globe such as Frankfurt, Geneva and Lyon as well as government buildings and nuclear power plants in Europe and Asia.

TIMON fully automated point toxic gas detector
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The TIMON (Toxic Industrial MONitor) is a point gas detector that can run continuously without operator intervention. It is designed to be mounted in key infrastructure and public spaces to detect and warn against toxic industrial chemicals (TIC) and chemical warfare agents (CWA) at ultra-low levels. Successfully installed in major banks, government and public buildings as well as in transport hubs in key cities across North America, Europe and Asia; it monitors the air 24/7 protecting both the occupants and public alike.

Preparing for the Future

Aviation Applications

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Many emerging chemical and explosive threats are beyond the detection capabilities of technologies currently in place protecting critical infrastructure in the United States and around the world. The number and type of threats necessitates the need for new equipment capable of meeting these challenges.
Several years ago the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) knew the limitations of equipment currently deployed by the TSA. DHS awarded Bruker Detection a contract to develop a new generation of Explosive Trace Detection (ETD) equipment based on Mass Spectrometry. Bruker’s long history and expertize in Mass Spectrometry was instrumental in winning this contract.
The goal of the R&D effort is to deliver systems that will meet the needs for aviation screening for Check Point, Checked Baggage, and Air Cargo applications. These systems were tested at the Transportation Security Lab and Transportation Security Administration’s Systems Integration Facility (TSIF) and will be tested at Air Cargo facilities later this year.