Block Engineering Releases NextG of LaserWarn to Identify, Protect People from Chemical Threats

Block Engineering | July 22, 2020

Block Engineering, LLC, a developer of open-path, wide-area chemical detection products, has released the next generation of its award-winning LaserWarn product family. LaserWarn identifies chemical threats within seconds from hundreds of meters away, protecting people from terrorist threats and accidental chemical releases.

Block's LaserWarn products now detect and report on multiple chemicals simultaneously in real time. Additionally, the software engine has been upgraded to include AI-driven algorithms that deliver significantly lower limits of detection and near-zero false alarm rates. Chemical detection libraries are customizable for specific end-user market requirements or target applications.

The LaserWarn family now includes a ruggedized, IP66-certified version for hazardous environments, as well as a lighter version that can be used in portable configurations. The quantum cascade lasers that power LaserWarn are eye-safe and provide coverage over a range of 90,000 square meters.

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Various chemical processes currently prevalent in the chemical industry for plastics recycling have been discussed. Possible future scenarios in chemical recycling have also been discussed. Also, analyzed are the effects on the environment, the risks, costs and benefits of PVC recycling. Also listed are the various types of plastics and which plastics are safe to use and which not after recycle.

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