A U.S Customs and Border Protection officer checks the vehicle of a passenger crossing from Mexico to the United States at the San Ysidro port of entry. (Donna Burton/Customs and Border Protection)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acquires Five IonSense DART-MS Systems

IonSense, Inc. has announced that the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) has purchased five mass spectrometer systems equipped with their Direct Analysis in Real Time (DART®) sources. The systems will be used for the rapid identification of controlled substances as well as unknown materials, providing timely and accurate reporting to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The instruments being supplied consist of the JEOL time-of-flight mass spectrometer equipped with the IonSense DART source. The simplicity of operation and speed of the DART technology will enable CBP analysts to decrease the analysis time from an average of an hour to five minutes.

“This use of DART by the CBP in multiple locations is a strong validation that the technology is ready for large scale deployment,” stated Brian Musselman, IonSense President and CEO. “We look forward to working with additional Agencies that have a need for rapid, accurate identification of materials.”

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