Smiths Haz Mat ID vs. Ramen laser technology
We are looking into the purchase of a Smiths Hazmat ID or a ramen laser unit
I am wondering what you guys think about the two. I myself am leaning towards the haz-mat ID due to proven technology and an expansive library.I was also impressed at how well it identified substances.
The 2 ramen laser units we looked at were impressive (i.e. shooting through glass.) that seemed to be it. The salesman failed to identify: brake Fluid, Ethelyne Glycol, Windshield washer fluid, and other commons. the rep said that it also has a 5000-6000 library limit.
Any help would be appreciated
HazMatID FTIR vs. Thermo First Defender Raman
There are many updates to this field. Remember, FTIR and Raman are complimentary chemical identification techniques. The most important advice I can offer briefly is that practice and training are more important than the actual instrument. Knowing when to use the right instrument and how to interpret the information is essential. Also, the instruments are USUALLY limited to the number of chemicals in their on-board library. Mixtures will ALWAYS be problematic - a mathematical "algorithm" is simply no substitute for a good, preferably pure sample. Since a pure chemical powder sample rarely happens in the field, it takes a good tech. with the guidance of some lab folk to get the best answer from a tough sample. Smiths and Thermo (purchased the Ahura product line) are good companies with demonstrated history. I work with the State of Iowa lab and we work/advise our HazMat teams regularly on what to purchase. We sit in on product demos and ensure that the teams are getting facts, not sales pitches. We bring chemical unknown samples for the teams to test out. We also have a sample testing program where we send the teams practice samples 3 times/year - completely voluntary on their part. We do this for free as part of our mission to assist the taxpaying citizens of Iowa. In 5 years, we have learned a tremendous amount. Lately I've sat in a numerous HazmatIQ presentations. I'd be happy to elaborate further if desired, feel free to contact me offline.
Originally Posted by HazMatTony