Smiths Detection
HazMat ID Elite

  • Smiths Detection HazMat ID Elite
  • Smiths Detection HazMat ID Elite
  • Smiths Detection HazMat ID Elite
  • Smiths Detection HazMat ID Elite

Maintaining ideal ergonomics while withstanding the elements.

The HazMat ID Elite product, launched in 2012 and the winner of multiple awards, is a radical and integral new tool for hasmat teams to accurately determine the chemical danger associated with industrial accidents and military situations.

The Task

Working closely with the science and engineering teams at Smiths Detection, Nexus was challenged to develop a rugged, light enclosure for the device that could withstand:

• 4’ drop testing
• Thermally conductive to radiate heat
• Survive 1 meter of water immersion for 1 hour

The Solution

Nexus developed a specialized bumper system that projects from the enclosure, assuring that in a drop situation the bumpers always take the initial impact and reduce G loads to manageable levels.

The magnesium housing is detailed for optimum wall thicknesses and the battery access door uses a custom over center latch arrangement that maintains accessibility while ensuring a tight seal to protect from dust and liquids in a harsh environment.

“My staff and I at Smiths Detection have been doing business continually with Nexus Design since the beginning of 2006. We started using Nexus for industrial design concepts but quickly saw the value in using them for engineering, administration, vendor liaison, prototype manufacturing, assembly, testing, troubleshooting, etc...”

Ken Schreiber
Mechanical Engineering Manager, Smiths Detection