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Press Releases

Smiths Detection and Block MEMS Team to Develop Non-Contact Chemical Detection Device for US Department of Defense
Southborough, Massachusetts – August 9, 2022
Smiths Detection Inc. alongside Block MEMS, LLC (Block) have been selected by The Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical Biological Radiological Nuclear Defense to develop a Proximate Chemical Agent Detector (PCAD) capable of non-contact detection of solid and liquid threats
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Block MEMS Awarded $2.6 Million Contract to Detect Vehicle-Borne Explosives
Southborough, Massachusetts – October 26, 2021
Block MEMS, LLC (Block) has been awarded a $2.6 million contract in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) to detect Vehicle-Borne Improvised Explosive Devices (VBIEDs). Read the full press release.

Block MEMS Receives Tibbetts Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration
Southborough, Massachusetts – January 20, 2021
Block MEMS, a developer of chemical detection products for safety and security, recently was honored by the Small Business Administration (SBA) with a Tibbetts Award for technological achievements and commercial success involving its laser-based chemical detection systems
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Articles and Videos

Video from IARPA on the SILMARILS chemical detection program, featuring Block's technology
November 2020

Shine a Light: Laser Spectrometers Aid in the Detection of Hazardous Chemicals
February 2020
Block's SBIR contract allowed the company to build the foundation of its Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) technology, eventually resulting in the current product line of QCL-based chemical detection for military and commercial applications. Daniel Cavicchio, Block's executive chairman, explained that "Block wouldn’t have developed this technology if it hadn’t been for the SBIR program."
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Upcoming Events

NCT (Non-Conventional Threat) US 2022
September 6-8, 2022  |  Abderdeen Proving Ground  |  Edgewood, MD
NCT USA will welcome the highest decision makers from the national CBRNe Community, providing a networking and knowledge exchange platform for local & federal first responders, as well as industry leaders in the fields of CBRNe, C-IED and EOD.

CBRNE Convergence USA 2022
October 31 - November 2, 2022  |  Westin Copley  |  Boston, MA
CBRNE Convergence offers a three-day program packed with international, national, and regional speakers, practical demonstrations, and the largest CBRNE exhibition in the US.

International Security Conference & Exposition (ISC East)
November 16-17, 2022  |  Javits Center  |  New York, NY
ISC East is the leading event for the Northeast's security and public safety community, featuring security dealers, installers, integrators, and consultants, along with corporate, government and law enforcement professionals.

For a full list of upcoming events, you may visit our events page.

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For over 60 years, Block Engineering has been a leader in chemical detection and gas analysis technology.

We welcome the opportunity to speak with you about how to optimize your safety and security requirements using our Quantum Cascade Laser-based chemical detection systems.

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