B&W Tek is an advanced instrumentation company producing optical spectroscopy and laser instrumentation, as well as laboratory, portable and handheld Raman systems. They provide spectroscopy and laser solutions for the pharmaceutical, biomedical, physical, chemical, LED lighting and research communities. Originally established as a producer of green lasers in 1997, They have grown into an industry-leading, total solutions provider; coupling their core technologies with custom design and manufacturing capabilities.
Field Portable to handheld, a Full Range of Raman Solutions
Raman spectroscopy, a molecular spectroscopy which is observed as inelastically scattered light, allows for the interrogation and identification of vibrational (phonon) states of molecules. As a result, Raman spectroscopy provides an invaluable analytical tool for molecular finger printing as well as monitoring changes in molecular bond structure (e.g. state changes and stresses & strains).
In comparison to other vibrational spectroscopy methods, such as FT-IR and NIR, Raman has several major advantages. These advantages stem from the fact that the Raman effect manifests itself in the light scattered off of a sample as opposed to the light absorbed by a sample. As a result, Raman spectroscopy requires little to no sample preparation and is insensitive to aqueous absorption bands. This property of Raman facilitates the measurement of solids, liquids, and gases not only directly, but also through transparent containers such as glass, quartz, and plastic.
Handheld Raman Spectrometers
The development of handheld Raman spectrometers has drastically changed the way the industry conducts quality control for incoming raw materials. Raman has always provided advantages over other methods in that it does not require sample pre-treatment or direct contact with the sample, and has the unique capability of being able to test a sample directly through a transparent packing material like glass or plastic. With the added benefit of portability, handheld Raman spectrometers considerably increase efficiency by eliminating the need for additional space and wet chemistry.
Additionally, the intuitive onboard software doesn’t require the user to have virtually any knowledge of analytical chemistry in order to use the instrument on a routine basis. You do not need a high level of operator expertise or exhaustive sample preparation procedures to use handheld Raman equipment in a production environment or for remote field applications.
B&W Tek is dedicated to providing you with the best handheld Raman solutions possible. The NanoRam is the first handheld Raman spectrometer of its class to feature laboratory grade performance and computer processing in the palm of your hand. This revolutionary tool is quickly becoming the industry standard for quality control, forensic analysis, and anti-counterfeiting. The NanoRam is the ideal solution for incoming material identification and verification, at-line sampling, final inspection, and counterfeit drug detection. By combining state of the art TE cooling and spectrum stabilized laser technology, the NanoRam is the most sensitive and repeatable handheld spectrometer ever designed to identify harmful and non-conforming materials.
In addition to the Nanoram, the TacticID from B&W Tek, Inc. is a field-ready handheld spectral analysis instrument designed for non-contact forensic analysis by a variety of safety personnel including law enforcement, bomb squads, hazmat teams and more. The TacticID utilizes lab-proven Raman spectroscopy, allowing users to get real-time actionable identification of unknown chemicals, explosives, narcotics and many other substances while reducing operational uncertainty and response time without ever compromising the integrity of the sample or the chain of evidence.
Model #: BWS456
The NanoRam® is a state-of-the-art compact Raman handheld spectrometer and integrated computing system for material and/or drug identification and verification within cGMP compliant facilities.
Model #: BWS496-GP
The TacticID®–N is a field-ready handheld spectral analysis instrument designed for for non-destructive forensic analysis of narcotics, pharmaceutical drugs, cutting agents and precursors by law enforcement personnel.
B&WTek’s family of portable Raman spectrometers offer you unprecedented sampling utility, allowing you to do more with less. Each system’s small footprint, lightweight design, and low power consumption helps to provide research grade Raman capabilities anywhere. They pride ourselves on providing you with portable Raman spectrometers that feature a unique blend of high resolution and field-portability. Check out our full line of laboratory Raman spectrometers below to see how we can provide you with the solution you’re looking for.
Model #: BWS415-785H-GR
The GemRam™ is a lightweight, portable Raman spectrometer dedicated to both the verification of known precious and semiprecious gemstones as well as the identification of unknown gemstones.
Laser-induced breakdown spectroscopy (LIBS) is a type of atomic emission spectroscopy which uses a highly energetic laser pulse as the excitation source. The laser is focused to form a plasma, which atomizes and excites samples. In principle, LIBS can analyse any matter regardless of its physical state, be it solid, liquid or gas. Because all elements emit light of characteristic frequencies when excited to sufficiently high temperatures, LIBS can (in principle) detect all elements, limited only by the power of the laser as well as the sensitivity and wavelength range of the spectrograph & detector.
The NanoLIBS is a state-of-the-art handheld Laser Induced Breakdown Spectroscopy instrument using elemental analysis for identification and investigation of raw materials such as ionic salts such as NaCl and KCl within a regulated environment. Compact and agile, the NanoLIBS can be used by non-technical users to rapidly identify samples in the lab, warehouse, loading dock or field, helping to eliminate quarantine areas and expedite materials through the manufacturing lifecycle. It is the only handheld LIBS device on the market addressing specific raw material ID applications with full regulatory compliancy.
The NanoLIBS is fully compliant with all governing regulations, including 21 CFR Part 11 and Part 1040.10, and can play an integral role in cGMP-compliant facilities. B&W Tek offers a wide variety of services, including assistance with method and/or new library development as well as support with IQ/OQ/PQ implementation.
Intuitive Software – a user-friendly interface for both technical & non-technical users to make their job easier Versatility – measure a variety of samples in a variety of environments with just one unit Data Reproducibility – superior hardware ensures that results are consistent and reliable Performance – robust multivariate algorithms guarantee accuracy when testing and identifying materials
High-brightness touch screen display
Embedded 1 & 2 dimensional barcode scanner
Batch scanning option for large volume operation
Intuitive software for technical & non-technical users
Featuring a matchbox-size advanced microLIBS laser with a high repetition rate, a compact spectrometer for “real-time spectroscopy”, and handheld integration with battery operation under Linux, Android, or Windows OS, this LIBS solution provides superior performance when conducting material analysis. Our patent-pending chemometric/calibration engine for the identification and quantitative analysis of pure materials enables users to utilize the solution’s fullest capabilities.
The custom LIBS analyzer is an open mobile LIBS platform that enables real world applications in collaboration with our customers. Through the custom application process, the LIBS analyzer can be customized to fit the customers’ needs. Our in-house applications team allows us to provide customers with prompt support in the customization and utilization of their LIBS solution
B&W Tek boasts one of the most comprehensive lines of UV, Vis and NIR spectrometer modules on the market. Combined with their wide selection of spectroscopy accessories, they offer you nearly limitless utility. Due to their small form factor and customizable software control systems, fiber optic spectrometers are the ideal choice for both integration into your OEM system and for the laboratory, where you can combine modular products to form a complete solution. Some of the most common applications of modular spectroscopy include reflectance, absorption, transmission and emission. Additionally, all of their UV, Vis, and NIR spectrometers can also be configured to measure absolute irradiance, making them ideal for LED and solar applications. They also boast the world’s first “smart” spectrometer with on-board processing and super-speed USB 3.0 communication.
Model #: BRC115P
The Exemplar® is the next step in the evolution of miniature CCD spectrometers. It is the first smart spectrometer featuring on board data processing, USB 3.0 communication, and temperature compensation.
Model #: BRC115P-U
The Exemplar® LS is a smart CCD spectrometer optimized for low straylight by utilizing an unfolded Czerny-Turner spectrograph. It features on board data processing, USB 3.0 communication, and temperature compensation.
Model #: BTC655N
The Exemplar® Plus is a high performance smart spectrometer utilizing a low stray light unfolded Czerny-Turner spectrograph. It features a highly sensitive TE Cooled back-thinned (BT) CCD detector which is linearly summed for high dynamic range.
Model #: BTC675
The Exemplar® Pro is a high performance smart spectrometer utilizing a low stray light unfolded Czerny-Turner spectrograph. It features a highly sensitive Deep Cooled back-thinned (BT) CCD detector which is linearly summed for high dynamic range.
Model #: BTC112E
The Glacier® X is a TE Cooled spectrometer with high dynamic range, significantly reduced dark counts, and superior long-term operation stability, making it ideal for low light level detection and long-term monitoring applications.
Model #: BTC263E
The Sol™ 2.6 is a high performance linear InGaAs array spectrometer featuring 256 pixels and providing high throughput and large dynamic range with TE Cooling down to -15°C via a built-in 3-stage cooler.
Single-mode, Spectrum Stabilized, High Power, Multimode and Deep UV
B&W Tek, Inc. offers a complete line of high performance diode, DPSS and fiber laser modules and systems. Their product lines cover a range of wavelengths from 224nm to 1850nm with power outputs up to 150W. B&W Tek, Inc. offers a wide variety of high performance class IIIb & IV laser products in both end-user and OEM configurations, as well as high power medical grade lasers.
B&W Tek, Inc. laser products are used in applications such as: fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy/ microscopy, precision alignment, metrology, particle counting, laser printing, plastic welding, laser biomodulation, photodynamic therapy, and laser surgery such as soft-tissue ablation, dissection, & photocoagulation.
Bench-top Laser Systems
B&W Tek offers you a complete line of high performance (class IIIb & IV) diode, DPSS and fiber laser systems for your laboratory. We are the leading provider of turnkey, multi-mode fiber coupled laser diodes, empowering you to conduct your cutting edge research without the need for laser expertise. We also provide you with a full spectrum of high performance free-space and fiber coupled laser systems with unique properties such as spectrum stabilization, low noise, and single mode (TEM00) beam profile. These laser systems are the ideal source for your application, including but not limited to: fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy/ microscopy, precision alignment, metrology, particle counting, laser printing, plastic welding, laser biomodulation, and photodynamic therapy.
The CleanLaze® spectrum stabilized laser system is a narrow, spectral linewidth laser available in both OEM and end-user configurations. Specifically suited for Raman spectroscopy, it offers a hermetically sealed laser component integrated with a laser and a driver. The compact, rugged package makes it suitable for various industrial applications.
This laser combines a high brightness fiber coupling with a thermoelectric cooler and TEC controller. Expected lifetime is > 10,000 hours. The CleanLaze laser series is capable of maintaining a linewidth of less than 0.03nm (15GHz) in single transverse mode operation at 785nm. The CleanLaze novel cavity design is capable of maintaining a stable, clean, narrow linewidth source over a wide range of temperatures and drive currents. The temperature sensitivity of the central wavelength is as low as 0.01nm/°C with a -35°C to 50°C operating temperature range.
BWF1 systems provide up to 450mW of continuous power, combining a high brightness, fiber coupled to a laser diode with a thermoelectric cooler, heatsink, fan, power supply, and component electronics all in one package. Their unique design includes an external TTL modulation port (BNC connector) and an LCD that displays output as current values (mA). The fiber uses a non-epoxy high power connector with an industry standard termination for high power lasers. An optional collimating lens can be threaded directly onto the SMA connector of the emitting fiber.
The BWF2 series is a compact turnkey fiber-coupled laser system providing up to 30 Watts of continuous power. Combined with a high brightness fiber-coupled laser diode, thermoelectric cooler, power supply and control electronics, the BWF2 comes in one complete package. The system operates from standard wall plug line power. The unique design of BWF2 includes features such as a red aiming beam, multifunctional relay controller for versatile laser operations, and a remote port for external modulation and control purposes. Optional features include lens assemblies that can be attached to the end of a fiber with an SMA 905 connector. By using a lens projection assembly, spots as small as 0.3mm in diameter can be achieved, providing the user with an intense, non-contact heat source. In addition, optional control interfaces via TTL or analog ports are available for laser and aiming power.