Explosives are the weapon of choice for terrorists: Explosives remain the weapon of choice for terrorists around the world. Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) are a threat from international terrorist organizations and local, home-grown terrorists as well. Sadly, Home Made Explosives (HMEs) and IEDs have become a fact of modern life. Military, law enforcement and intelligence personnel have a dual-role: uncovering the bomb networks and systems before the bombers do harm, and investigating an incident after it occurs. In many cases, detecting just a trace of explosive material can make all the difference. The TraceX explosives detection kit is designed to help identify bombers, bomb-makers and their bomb-making facilities. It detects the most common explosive materials and their precursors at trace levels in a single test.
Traditional electronic explosive detection devices require a great deal of specialized training, a large budget and regular maintenance. While there is a need for electronic portable explosive detectors and larger explosive detector systems, there is a growing demand for colorimetric explosive test kits for use in the field. A number of these kits have existed for some time; however they often require the user to mix chemicals, perform serial analyses, conduct multiple swabs or tests, and then use a chart to interpret the results. Said plainly, existing colorimetric explosives detectors are difficult to use, especially in stressful situations. Even worse, many explosive test kits can expose the user to dangerous chemicals, and expose the kit to contamination from the environment or the user, leading to unreliable results. Some colorimetric explosives detection devices can only be used for bulk detection; however trace explosive detection is critical in many real-world applications. See a comparison of the different types of field explosive detection kits.
TraceX explosive detection kit is rugged, reliable, low-cost and easy to use
The TraceX explosives detection kit is much more convenient. Simple to use and low cost, it is an explosive detector that can be used by every warfighter or law enforcement officer. With a single swab, the TraceX explosives detection device detects all the major families of explosive materials and their precursors. Thanks to the TraceX's simple color-change alert system, a single color indicates the presence of a particular family of explosive material. No longer does the user have to conduct serial tests, and then try to interpret the results. This brief video clip shows a TraceX explosives detection device detecting ammonium nitrate. Explosive detecting has never been easier.
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The TraceX explosive detection device was developed by Morphix Technologies under contract from the US Department of Defense, so you know it's tough. It is small enough to fit in a cargo pocket, lightweight and rugged. Each TraceX explosive detection device comes in its own disposable protective plastic case, so it will be ready to use when needed. No more broken ampoules from rough handling, as can happen with other explosive detectors. And, the innovative collection system protects the sample from user contamination, so you can have confidence in the result. As the name implies, TraceX is sensitive enough to be used for trace explosives detection. It detects bulk explosives too.
The TraceX explosives detector is available in boxes of five kits. Just request part number 510100.
TraceX explosives detection kit. Rugged. Reliable. Easy to Use.
- Shelf Life : 12 months1
- Operating Temperature Range : 2ºC to 50ºC (35ºF to 122ºF)
- Operating Humidity Range : 10% to 95% RH
- Sensitivity : Trace Level (can also detect bulk levels)
- Explosives Detected :
- Nitroaromatics, e.g. TNT, DNT, Tetryl
- Nitramines/Nitrate Esters e.g. RDX, HMX, PETN, EGDN, NG
- Inorganic Nitrates e.g. urea nitrate, ammonium nitrate, black powder
- Chlorate/Bromates e.g. potassium chlorate, potassium bromate
- Peroxides e.g. TATP, HMTD
- Acids e.g. nitric acid, sulfuric acid, citric acid
- Bases e.g. potassium hydroxide, sodium hydroxide
- Time for Color Change : Less than 3 minutes
- Kit Size : 131 mm x 92 mm x 17 mm (5-1/4” X 3-3/4” X 3/4”)