Mack Prototype Inc. is Mack’s full-service prototyping and low-volume molding division, and it has once again played a supporting role in a national crime scene investigation – CBS style!
Rather than the Big Apple, however, this CSI drama unfolds in Miami, where Lieutenant Horatio Caine foils a terrorist plot to blow up a nuclear power plant…all with a single bullet! But the key to his success is the Quantum Sniffer, an explosives trace detector, that uncovers evidence of plastic explosives…a lot of them…in containers on the city’s docks.
The story, of course, is fiction, but the Quantum Sniffer is not. Developed and manufactured by Implant Sciences Corporation (Wakefield, Mass.), the Quantum Sniffer — both hand-held and bench top versions – is molded by Mack Prototype. Mack Prototype produced stereolithography prototypes of the two models, as well as RTV rubber molds, and molds the enclosures for both devices out of a UL VO-rated polyurethane resin.
Launched in September at an industrial security trade show, the new explosives-detection device sniffs out C-4, Semtex, TNT and other bomb ingredients. It uses ion technology to check for vapors from explosives in cars and on clothing, packages and other surfaces. Not surprisingly, Implant’s largest customers are the U.S. and other governments that use the devices for aviation, mass transit and cargo security.
According to Joanne Arsenault, sales & marketing vp for Implant Sciences’ Security Division, the products are state-of-the-art in trace detection. “Unlike existing trace explosives detection equipment, Quantum Sniffer detects explosives residue without wiping, and doesn’t use any radioactive source in the detection process. It is fast and user-friendly, and offers high reliability at a low operating cost…it’s really the best detector on the market.”
The first generation portable version gets the limelight on CSI, and with the help of CSI-in-training Natalia Boa Vista, the Quantum Sniffer traces evidence of plastic explosives at the dock. The suspense builds when they discover a truck picked up the suspected containers an hour earlier. But have no fear, Caine and his team of cracker-jack investigators quickly determine the Turkey Point Nuclear Power Plant is the most deadly target. And Caine, himself, is there to stop the suicide bombers with his M-16 rifle when the Miami PD roadblock fails…another nail biter!
Contacts: Ric Perry, President, Mack Prototype
Joanne Arsenault, VP, Sales & Marketing, Security Division, Implant Sciences