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Rigaku Acquires Handheld Raman Products from BaySpec


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Rigaku Americas Corporation has announced the acquisition of the handheld Raman technology and product lines from BaySpec, Inc. and the concurrent formation of a new division, Rigaku Raman Technologies Inc., for R&D, engineering, production, marketing and distribution.

Rigaku's new handheld Raman instruments combine patented optics and proven spectral analysis techniques with low-cost Telecom-developed optical components, providing our customers with fast, economical, easy to use, handheld chemical identification and composition analyzers for explosives detection, including improvised explosive device (IED) detection; narcotics and other controlled substances detection and identification; counterfeit drug detection, food contaminant detection; and detection and identification of many other sample types; for homeland security; pharmaceutical, cosmetics, food, wine, beer and agricultural feed quality assurance and quality control; medical diagnostics; petrochemical exploration and process control; forensics; archeometry; and many other applications.

Led by analytical technology entrepreneur Hal Grodzins, as President and CEO, the new company will be co-located in San Jose, California and The Woodlands, Texas.

Initial offerings will comprise the FirstGuard™ and Xantus™ series product lines, covering sample excitation wavelengths of 532 nm, 785 nm and 1064 nm.

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