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Indiana State Police use DOJ grant to buy TruNarc analyzers

The Indiana State Police has purchased three additional Thermo Scientific TruNarc analzyers with funding from the Department of Justice. The new purchase complements five TruNarc units already deployed by the agency.

“There are drugs out there that are made to look like they’re illegal drugs, but they’re not,” Sgt. John Perrine of ISP said. “This will allow us to determine whether they’re real or fake drugs.”

Watch the story on a local news program.

FirstDefender RM Analyzers deployed in Fiji

The Fiji Revenue and Customs Authority has introduced two Thermo Scientific FirstDefender RM analyzers at the Nadi and Nausori international airports.

With Fiji's geographic location as a regional transit point, as well as the increase in drug trafficking in the region, it is critical for Fiji authorities to thoroughly monitor and nab suspect traffickers upon entering the country. "Given the current complex concealment methods such as body strapping, body insertions and practically anything you can think of, these scanners are surely enhancing our capability for these detections as well," says Visvanath Das, FRCA acting chief executive.

There are further plans to bring in additional analyzers at parcel post locations nationwide depending on the success of the initial two, according to Das. "These scanners are highly chemically selective and reliable, and have proven very successful with Australian Customs, New Zealand Customs and Papua New Guinea Customs."

FirstDefender in Fiji
TruNarc Fort Wayne

TruNarc a Game Changer in Fort Wayne

The Fort Wayne Police Department has deployed the Thermo Scientific TruNarc analyzer, giving law enforcement the opportunity to identify drugs like never before. Describing TruNarc as a game changer, Fort Wayne Police Sgt. Jonathan Bowers says the analyzer gives officers rapid information on "what's being shipped in, what's being sold, what's being bought, what's being seized and what people are addicted to right now."

"For us, we need to know day-to-day what we're actually buying and seizing, so to have good quality lab results either immediately or within an hour or two totally changes the game for us," Bowers says. See the story on NewsChannel 15, a local news source.

Gemini: Safety and Security Industry Taking Notice

Fast but flexible. Powerful but intelligent. The Thermo Scientific Gemini analyzer expands chemical coverage while minimizing time on target.

The analyzer's innovative design has the Safety and Security Industry taking notice. Check out our recent international technology awards.

Gemini Analyzer

Acuren Inspection Selects Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XRF Analyzers

My name is Reid Biffle (pictured left) and I’m a PMI Technician with Acuren Inspection of Houston, Texas. I’ve been in the PMI field for about four years. As a PMI technician, we’re at the mercy of our equipment. This is the reason that Acuren has chosen to make Thermo Scientific™  Niton™ XRF analyzers our XRF of choice. Over my four years in this industry, I have used a variety of instruments. The reason I choose this brand is simple – reliability! These instruments are built to last. Period. In the environments that we’re used to working in, that’s a must-have.

I’ve put these instruments to the test under a variety of conditions - from sub-zero temperatures in North Dakota to hanging ropes over Chesapeake Bay – and they just keep impressing me!  My current instrument is a Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL3t GOLDD+, but I have been fortunate enough to beta test their newest XRF analyzer, the  Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL5. This new instrument has too many features for me to give a really thorough review, but I’ll give you a list of what I found most outstanding about it!

  • Battery Hot Swap – This was a GREAT addition. I cannot tell you how many times I have been in the field and forced to shut my equipment down to swap a battery. Not only does this delay the job but you can lose focus or your place very easily.
  • Battery Trickle Charge – Possibly the simplest, yet (in my opinion) greatest update to the Niton XL5. This addition gives you the option to charge a battery from the same charger you use for your mobile phone (micro USB). A terrific example of developing a product with the needs of its users (me!) in mind.
  • Micro AND Macro Camera – This feature not only helps the user with the accuracy of the shot BUT also saves a photo of the entire test piece. This definitely helps when it comes to reporting and keeping shots in order.
  • Smaller, More Ergonomic Design – Weighing in at less than three lbs. and noticeably smaller than my Niton XL3t GOLDD+ analyzer. This opens up a whole new world, leaving virtually no area unreachable. It also puts less strain on the user, especially on extended jobs.
  • New User Interface – The new interface was extremely user friendly. When field testing, the shot time was noticeably faster as well.

Niton XRF analyzers are by far the leader in the industry when it comes to XRF technology. These instruments have exceeded my expectation in every task I have put them through.  

I’ve put these instruments to the test under a variety of conditions - from sub-zero temperatures in North Dakota to hanging ropes over Chesapeake Bay – and they just keep impressing me!  My current instrument is a Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL3t GOLDD+, but I have been fortunate enough to beta test their newest XRF analyzer, the Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL5. This new instrument has too many features for me to give a really thorough review, but I’ll give you a list of what I found most outstanding about it!

  • Battery Hot Swap – This was a GREAT addition. I cannot tell you how many times I have been in the field and forced to shut my equipment down to swap a battery. Not only does this delay the job but you can lose focus or your place very easily.
  • Battery Trickle Charge – Possibly the simplest, yet (in my opinion) greatest update to the Niton XL5. This addition gives you the option to charge a battery from the same charger you use for your mobile phone (micro USB). A terrific example of developing a product with the needs of its users (me!) in mind.
  • Micro AND Macro Camera – This feature not only helps the user with the accuracy of the shot BUT also saves a photo of the entire test piece. This definitely helps when it comes to reporting and keeping shots in order.
  • Smaller, More Ergonomic Design – Weighing in at less than three lbs. and noticeably smaller than my Niton XL3t GOLDD+ analyzer. This opens up a whole new world, leaving virtually no area unreachable. It also puts less strain on the user, especially on extended jobs.
  • New User Interface – The new interface was extremely user friendly. When field testing, the shot time was noticeably faster as well.

Niton XRF analyzers are by far the leader in the industry when it comes to XRF technology. These instruments have exceeded my expectation in every task I have put them through.  

I’ve put these instruments to the test under a variety of conditions - from sub-zero temperatures in North Dakota to hanging ropes over Chesapeake Bay – and they just keep impressing me!  My current instrument is a Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL3t GOLDD+, but I have been fortunate enough to beta test their newest XRF analyzer, the Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL5. This new instrument has too many features for me to give a really thorough review, but I’ll give you a list of what I found most outstanding about it!

  • Battery Hot Swap – This was a GREAT addition. I cannot tell you how many times I have been in the field and forced to shut my equipment down to swap a battery. Not only does this delay the job but you can lose focus or your place very easily.
  • Battery Trickle Charge – Possibly the simplest, yet (in my opinion) greatest update to the Niton XL5. This addition gives you the option to charge a battery from the same charger you use for your mobile phone (micro USB). A terrific example of developing a product with the needs of its users (me!) in mind.
  • Micro AND Macro Camera – This feature not only helps the user with the accuracy of the shot BUT also saves a photo of the entire test piece. This definitely helps when it comes to reporting and keeping shots in order.
  • Smaller, More Ergonomic Design – Weighing in at less than three lbs. and noticeably smaller than my Niton XL3t GOLDD+ analyzer. This opens up a whole new world, leaving virtually no area unreachable. It also puts less strain on the user, especially on extended jobs.
  • New User Interface – The new interface was extremely user friendly. When field testing, the shot time was noticeably faster as well.

Niton XRF analyzers are by far the leader in the industry when it comes to XRF technology. These instruments have exceeded my expectation in every task I have put them through.  

Lightweighting Absence of Malice: Inspecting for Tramps

X-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology is increasingly being adopted in the auto making industry as a way to understand which elements are being incorporated into the making of a car – on the spot, and in real time.

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*Published in the March 2016 issue of Fabricating & Metalworking magazine

Inspecting for Tramps
Metal Manufacturing Recycling

Advancements in PMI Tools Bring Accuracy and Convenience to the Work Site

An increasing number of facilities are adopting a 100% PMI program to ensure that every metal component is made up of exactly the desired chemical composition. To do so, more and more plants are adopting portable x-ray fluorescence (XRF) technology, which brings increased reliability and accuracy to material analysis in a manner that can reduce the risk of accidents while offering significant cost and time savings.

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*Published in the March/April 2016 issue of Inspectioneering Journal

Not Just for Analyzing Metals Anymore

Thermo Scientific Niton XL5 Portable XRF Analyzer is Suitable for Evaluating Oils, Troubleshooting Machinery

If you need to sort through a small pile of metal scrap to separate steel items from aluminum, or if you need to figure out if a stray tube is carbon steel or stainless steel, a magnet is the way to go. However if you need to identify an alloy and quantify its chemical composition (elemental content), you need something more sophisticated. This is where X-ray fluorescence (XRF) can be helpful.

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*Published in the December 2015 issue of The Fabricator

Niton XL5
EP-Compliance

Worry-free EP Compliance with TruScan RM

The Thermo Scientific–contributed article "Are you Ready for EP Compliance" was published in the March/April print version of European Pharmaceutical Manufacturer. The article discusses the introduction of new performance criteria for Raman spectrometers by the European Pharamcopoeia, effective April 1, 2016. These new specifications give pharmaceutical manufacturers clear guidance on the requirements for use in GMP environments. Overall, these changes should streamline the deployment of handheld solutions for the release of raw materials.

EPM magazine online print version

TruNarc Decreases Case Backlog by Nearly 90%

Collaborating to reduce the social burden of illicit drugs, the New South Wales (Australia) Police and NSW Health Pathology were recent finalists in the NSW Innovation and Health Symposium 2015 , held at Sydney.

Since 2013, the team has deployed the Thermo Scientific™ TruNarc™ to analyze suspected drugs at the crime scene. On-site analysis limits the need to send less-than-trafficable quantities to a forensic lab, and frees up staff time for other tasks.

As a result of the collaboration, a backlog of 2500 cases in 2013 was reduced to less than 300 by the end of 2014.

Niton XL3t Prevents Potential Material Mix-up

Highlighting the importance of Positive Material Inspection at fabrication plants, PMI personnel using the Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL3t Analyzer recently identified a mislabeled flange, prior to fabrication.

The flange was being assembled as part of a pilot manifold circuit used for igniting flare systems installed on an offshore oil-production facility.

After a 5.6 second test, the results screen of the Niton XL3t clearly shows the material as SS-304, not SS-316, as marked.

The difference is critical. SS-316 is more suitable for severe industrial conditions, requiring a higher level of corrosion resistance than that provided by SS-304. With two to three percent molybdenum, SS-316 offers corrosion resistance to nitric acid, acetic acid and saline environments, where exposure to chlorides and other solvents is expected.

PMI with Niton XRF is ideal for 100 percent raw material verification. Our handheld analyzers can help minimize material mix-ups, reduce costly repair work and prevent premature equipment failure – or worse.

Countering the Counterfeits

The Thermo Scientific contributed article "Countering the Spread of False Medications" appeared in the August
e-version  of R&D Magazine. It was also published in the July/August print  version of the magazine and on the R&D website on August 10. The article discusses the growing trend of bringing laboratory technologies into the field, specifically for material ID in the pharmaceutical industry, as well as new analytical methods for chemical ID. With field-capable instrumentation in the hands of more personnel in the pharmaceutical industry, the distribution of dangerous counterfeits can be halted before they even enter the supply chain.

Countering Counterfeits

FirstDefender Makes a Difference in New Zealand

Contraband Magazine, published by the New Zealand Customs Service, reports that the Thermo Scientific™ First Defender™ Analyzer is being used successfully at the country's International Mail Centre.

Customs Manager for Cargo Operations Bruce Berry explains, "The portable analyser, FirstDefender, is now the top testing tool used to target suspicious substances coming in through mail. Using this fantastic device has made it faster, easier and safer to check packages. We’re identifying drugs in seconds at the press of a button."

"The beauty of this device is that its laser beam penetrates through certain packaging, so they often don’t even need to be opened. This saves a lot of time, so officers are able to spend more time on screening more packages."

In six months, FirstDefender has been used for over 3200 tests, with more than 1200 substances, or around 40%, indicating the presence of drugs -- cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, ecstasy, hashish, cannabis and khat – and the list goes on.

Click here  to read the full article.

Turning Trash into Cash

The Thermo Scientific™ Niton™ XL2 100 precious metals analyzer made an appearance on the Today Show in June. In a segment titled Turning Trash into Cash, world renown pawnbrokers Les and Seth Gold of American Jewelry and Loan – and stars of the Hard Core Pawn television show – used the analyzer to test viewers’ jewelry, right outside in Rockefeller Plaza. Niton XL2 is fast, simple and accurate - -and now a TV celebrity!

Turning Trash Into Cash

ABC News Investigates

A recent episode of ABC’s 20/20  focused on the prevalence of dangerous counterfeit products being sold illegally across the US – namely prescription medicine. The 20/20 team went inside Eli Lilly’s laboratory to test suspected counterfeit drugs using the Thermo Scientific™ TruScan™ RM handheld analyzer to identify the materials they were made out of. The TruScan RM was able to reveal that a counterfeit Viagra pill was actually filled with the same material used for dry wall plaster. By leveraging widely accepted Raman spectroscopy, the TruScan RM analyzer can identify hundreds of materials with a single scan. The TruScan RM can be used by non-experts and experts alike, and is able to analyze unknown samples through their packaging. The TruScan RM also helps pharmaceutical manufacturing companies efficiently and accurately verify the raw materials used in production.

Handheld Narcotics Analyzer Now Detects Emerging Drug Threat Fentanyl and Additional Synthetics

Narcotics officers, customs personnel and military police can now quickly and safely identify fentanyl, a potent emerging drug threat in the United States and worldwide, with the Thermo Scientific™ TruNarc™ handheld narcotics analyzer.

The newest update, TruNarc v1.5, expands the TruNarc analyzer’s onboard library and enables the detection of fentanyl, additional NBOMes and other emerging synthetic cannabinoids while maintaining the core functionality of the analyzer. A single test in the field allows law enforcement officials to immediately identify a wide range of drugs and stay ahead of evolving narcotics threats without requiring the use of laboratory time and resources for analysis.

A synthetic opiate, fentanyl is 30-50 times more potent than heroin in certain forms and can cause fatal overdoses. It was the subject of a United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) alert in May after the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS) reported an overwhelming surge in fentanyl-related seizures in the United States, from 942 in 2013 to 3,344 in 2014. Because fentanyl is absorbed by the skin, it poses a significant risk to law enforcement officials. With the TruNarc analyzer, responders have the ability to sample most substances through sealed packaging, increasing officer safety.

Previous library updates have equipped the TruNarc analyzer to identify other growing threats, such as alpha-PVP (also known as "flakka" or "gravel"), a synthetic cathinone that was banned by the DEA in 2014 but has seen a spike in usage, specifically in the southeastern United States.

The TruNarc v1.5 library update can be downloaded onto an existing analyzer through an internet connection.

DEA Fentanyl Detection

DEA Press Release Supports the Significance of Fentanyl Detection

According to a recent DEA press release, "In the last two years, DEA has seen a significant resurgence in fentanyl-related seizures. According to the National Forensic Laboratory Information System (NFLIS), state and local labs reported 3,344 fentanyl submissions in 2014, up from 942 in 2013.  In addition, DEA has identified 15 other fentanyl-related compounds."

"Fentanyl is a Schedule II narcotic used as an analgesic and anesthetic. It is the most potent opioid available for use in medical treatment - 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin. Fentanyl is potentially lethal, even at very low levels. Ingestion of small doses as small as 0.25 mg can be fatal. Its euphoric effects are indistinguishable from morphine or heroin."

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