The AP4C is a portable chemical contamination control device used to detect chemical agents in the form of vapor, aerosols, dust and with theS4PE in the form of liquid.
The AP4C is a Flame Spectroscopy detector. Flame Spectroscopy is used for the analysis of spectrochemical emissions. The method is one of the most sensitive among all analytical methods: a few milligrams of a sample are usually enough to detect present elements to the extent of a few parts per million or less. In addition, the method is able to detect several atomic species simultaneously, without chemical separations.
AP4C is the handheld detector with the largest range of detectable products. The AP4C does not use a library which can limit the range of chemicals that can be seen. Instead the AP4C looks for all dangerous compounds containing sulphur, phosphorus, arsenic and HNO bonds in order to detect the presence of CW agents and TIC/ TIMs.
The AP4C is able to detects all Nerve, Blister, Blood and Vomiting agents as well as many toxic industrial compounds and all the precursors of the above chemicals.
The AP4C technology allows the simultaneous detection of an unlimited number of gases and the identification of the chemical elements that constitute these chemicals.
It is therefore possible to detect homemade, impure and degraded agents or chemicals that would not fit into traditional libraries of other detectors. These items are thought to be the most likely for a terrorist attack. Moreover, the AP4C will detect new agents that will be developed in the future without needing an upgrade.
The high sensitivity and fast response time make the AP4C especially suitable to check contamination.
The AP4C combined as a UC kit which contains the S4PE liquid sampler is also invaluable for post decon analysis. Once an item has been decontaminated (and this includes casualties, the responders themselves or their equipment) utilizing the S4PE liquid sampler will confirm that all persistent liquids have been washed away. Using a vapor only detector cannot confirm this especially in cooler weather where the agent may not be vaporizing. The S4PE liquid sampler can also be used for medical (skin check) and environmental (water contamination) purpose.
The AP4C has the capacity to work in very severe environmental conditions and the measurements are unaffected by high humidity levels or by the presence of other organic chemical compounds such as paint or diesel smoke. Moreover the AP4C can run in highly explosive areas.
The AP4C is a fast, easy to use and inexpensive to operate detector with very little maintenance and no calibration, no filters or testing required by the end user.