When first responders enter a possibly risky situation, the potential to rapidly and precisely determine chemical threats is paramount.

The Rigaku CQL Gen-ID is a small high-performance analyzer that users can easily take into the field and find possible threats in seconds. Whether users are involved in policing, border security, customs, or even the military, the CQL Gen-ID could help users rapidly determine a range of common chemical threats.

Key features

  • 1064 nm Raman excitation: Determine dirty or colored samples, even via colored packaging, with a result in less than one minute
  • Onboard digital camera: Available to capture pictorial evidence–5 MP
  • On-board library: >4,000 chemical substances
  • Convenience: Touchscreen or button interface
  • Portable: Handheld 1.7 kg/3.7 lbs
  • Rechargeable batteries: CR123a battery backup
  • Connectivity: USB & WiFi provided
  • Environmental ruggedness: IP68 and MIL810G offered
  • 4C Technology: Automatically tracks individual scans for hazardous recipe combinations
  • QuickDetect Trace Colorimetric Detection (optional): Detects non-visible amounts of a substance
  • Industry-leading support: 36-month warranty along with software and library updates included at the time of warranty period
  • CommandSuite Fleet Management (optional): Offers a centralized administration area available for multi-unit users

Superior 1064 nm Raman excitation

Contrary to other Raman analyzers, Rigaku instruments offer 1064 nm excitation, enlarging the signal to be examined by reducing absorption. This means faster analysis times (typically less than one minute) and the potential to scan substances via packaging and containers, preventing possible operator exposure.

On-board chemical library

The on-board library of more than 4,000 chemical substances enables users to rapidly determine common chemical threats such as:

  • Cutting agents
  • Narcotics
  • Explosives
  • Solvents
  • Polymers
  • Steroids
  • Household chemicals
  • Industrial chemicals
  • Narcotic precursors
  • General chemicals
  • General precursors
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Biomolecules
  • Explosive precursors

If users need chemical warfare agents (CWA) and toxic industrial chemicals (TIC), the Rigaku CQL Max-ID includes these in its onboard library.

Response capabilities

The following are in-field abilities that the Rigaku CQL Gen-ID handheld Raman analyzer provides:

  • Automatic precursor monitoring
  • Automatic mixture analysis provided up to five components
  • Determine bulk and trace levels of an unidentified substance
  • Combined CommandSuite fleet management capability
  • Add pictorial evidence with the help of an on-board camera
  • Adjustable focal position to house sampling via different packaging

The U.S. DOD JPEO DR SKO program

The US Department of Defence is deploying Rigaku CQL 1064 nm handheld Raman analyzers worldwide to characterize suspected biological, chemical, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) hazards under the DR SKO System Modernization program.

CQL Gen-ID handheld 1064 nm Raman analyzer

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