You never know where a new application will lead. Hopefully to more work. More products. Maybe even another new customer. But to CBS Television Network?! Who knew?
In a recent episode of CSI:NY, a nationally broadcast crime drama about forensic investigators who use high-tech science to solve crimes in the Big Apple, a handheld chemical identification system called FirstDefender was featured. As it turns out, Mack Prototype, Mack’s full-service plastics prototyping company in Gardner, Mass., machines all the plastic in this unit.
Police and fire departments all across the country use FirstDefender every day for the rapid identification of potentially hazardous materials, including toxic industrial chemicals, explosives, chemical warfare agents, and narcotics. The FirstDefender is the only truly handheld and rugged instrument for in-the-field identification of unknown solids and liquids by first responders, soldiers, law enforcement and homeland security personnel, according to Ahura Corporation, the OEM.
Mack Prototype machines five plastic parts for each unit out of polyphenylsulfone resin. The parts are manufactured in a lights-out operation that employs an automatic pallet changer to keep the process moving.
Oh, by the way…the CSI:NY episode was “City of the Dolls.” The unidentified white substance was plaster dust, the kind used in a bone cast. And as you might expect, Detective Mac Taylor got his guy.