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Smiths Group plc is a British multinational diversified engineering company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It has operations in over 50 countries and employs around 23,550 staff.Smiths Group has five divisions. Smiths Detection is the world's largest manufacturer of sensors for the detection of explosives, weapons, chemical agents, biohazards, narcotics and contraband. John Crane is a major manufacturer of seals and associated products for the process industries. Smiths Medical is a major supplier of medical devices and equipment. Smiths Interconnect is a major manufacturer of electronic and radio frequency components. Flex-Tek is a major supplier of components to heat and move fluids and gases.Smiths Group is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. Wikipedia.


Patent
Smiths Detection | Date: 2014-09-24

A substance analysis system and method are provided, the system disposable a variable stand-off distance from a substance in situ, including an emitter disposed to emit radiation onto the substance in situ, and a detector disposed the variable stand-off distance from the substance in situ, the detector comprising a receiver defining a substantially collimated collection path over the variable stand-off distance.


Patent
Smiths Detection | Date: 2014-05-19

A substance detection device, including a chemical substance analyzer, including an ion mobility spectrometer (IMS), a desorber, a conduit, and a membrane. The membrane extends across a cross-section of the conduit, and the membrane is positioned to have a desorber side in gas communication with the desorber and an analysis side opposite the desorber side. The substance detection device can be configured to direct a portion of a chemical substance to the desorber through the conduit so that at least a portion of the entrained chemical substance is transferred to the membrane by interacting with the desorber side of the membrane. The membrane is adapted to diffuse at least a portion of the chemical substance transferred to the membrane through the membrane to the analysis side. The device also includes a particle separator including a protuberance extending into a collection chamber of the particle separator.


Patent
Smiths Detection | Date: 2014-05-22

A detecting method using an IMS apparatus with a preconcentrator outside its inlet aperture. Analyte vapor is adsorbed during a first phase when substantially no gas is admitted to the reaction region. The preconcentrator is then energized to desorb the analyte molecules and create a volume of desorbed molecules outside the IMS housing. Next, a pressure pulser is energized momentarily to drop pressure in the housing and draw in a small sip of the analyte molecules from the desorbed volume through the aperture. This is repeated until the concentration of analyte molecules in the desorbed volume is too low for accurate analysis, following which the apparatus enters another adsorption phase.


Patent
Smiths Detection | Date: 2014-01-30

A surface ionization source comprises a tube having a first end, a second end, and an interior bore extending through the tube from the first end to the second end. The first end of the tube is configured to receive a flow of gas and the second end of the tube is configured to direct the flow of gas onto a surface configured to hold an analyte. A radioactive source is at least substantially disposed in the interior bore of the tube. The radioactive source is configured to form ions in the flow of gas as the flow of gas passes through the interior bore. The flow of gas containing the ions is directed onto the analyte to at least partially ionize the analyte.


An ion detection assembly is described that includes a drift chamber, an inlet assembly, and a collector assembly. The drift chamber is formed of substantially non-conductive material and/or semi-conductive material. A patterned resistive trace is deposited on one or more of an interior surface or an exterior surface of the drift chamber. The patterned resistive trace is configured to connect to a source of electrical energy. The inlet assembly and the collector assembly are in fluid communication with the drift chamber. The inlet assembly includes an inlet for receiving a sample, a reaction region for ionizing the sample, and a gate for controlling entrance of the ionized sample to the drift chamber. The collector assembly includes a collector plate for collecting the ionized sample after the ionized sample passes through the drift chamber.

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