Block Engineering News

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 Read the full press release.

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 Read the full press release.

For our full archive of past press releases, you may visit our press release page.

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."
Read the article (PDF).

Upcoming Events

SPIE Photonics West
January 31 - February 2nd, 2023  |  San Francisco, CA  |  Booth 3356
Photonics West is one of the world's largest photonics-related conferences. Block has twice been honored to win the Prism award for its quantum cascade laser-based products at Photonics West.

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