Block MEMS Awarded Contract from DHS & CWMD for Toxic Chemical Detection on Shipped Parcels in U.S.

Pr newswire | August 13, 2020

Block MEMS, LLC (Block) has been awarded a contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) for on-the-move standoff detection of trace quantities of drugs such as fentanyl, explosives, chemical warfare agents (CWAs) and toxic chemicals on parcels shipped to and within the United States. Under this newly awarded contract, Block MEMS will develop a fieldable prototype Trace Chemical Detector (TCD) to screen the outside surfaces of parcels for trace chemicals while they are being transported on a conveyor belt at operational speeds. The TCD will be able to detect the chemicals of interest including explosives, opioids, chemical agents, agent precursors, and pharmaceuticals at relevant concentration levels. This program will culminate with an operational system being performance tested at a government designated facility in an operational environment.

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On behalf of the Malaysian Petrochemicals Association, I would like to welcome speakers, delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and partners to the 39th Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference, being held in Kuala Lumpur on 20-21 August 2018. The theme for our meeting this year is ‘Creating value through collaboration’. The petrochemical industry is gaining significance in the light of increased economic activity, urbanisation and rising middle class incomes. Driven by strong demand, these rapidly evolving megatrends are all key factors and opportunities for the petrochemical industry. In the midst of the prospects these megatrends present, potential competition from other regions poses a threat to the Asian petrochemical industry.

Spotlight

On behalf of the Malaysian Petrochemicals Association, I would like to welcome speakers, delegates, exhibitors, sponsors and partners to the 39th Asia Petrochemical Industry Conference, being held in Kuala Lumpur on 20-21 August 2018. The theme for our meeting this year is ‘Creating value through collaboration’. The petrochemical industry is gaining significance in the light of increased economic activity, urbanisation and rising middle class incomes. Driven by strong demand, these rapidly evolving megatrends are all key factors and opportunities for the petrochemical industry. In the midst of the prospects these megatrends present, potential competition from other regions poses a threat to the Asian petrochemical industry.

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