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Block Engineering Deploys PORTHOS Chemical Detection Systems for Japanese Olympics
Southborough, Massachusetts – June 5, 2019
Block Engineering, LLC announced today that its PORTHOS™ automated chemical detection system has been deployed with the Japan Disaster Management Agency at three locations in Japan. Read the full press release.

Block Engineering Moves to a New, Larger Facility
Southborough, Massachusetts – April 2, 2018
Effective April 1, 2018, Block Engineering/MEMS, LLC (Block) has moved to a new, larger facility. Its new address is: 132 Turnpike Road (Rt. 9), Suite 110, Southborough, MA 01772. Read the full press release.

Block Engineering's LaserWarn Environmental Gas Monitor Wins Prism Award
Marlborough, Massachusetts – February 8, 2018
Block Engineering, LLC (Block) has won the SPIE 2018 Best Product Prism Award for Environmental Monitoring. The award was given to Block for its LaserWarn™ Analyzer based on next generation quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). The prize was announced on January 31st, 2018 at a black-tie gala in San Francisco, held during SPIE's Photonics West Conference, the largest event in the field. Read the full press release.

Block MEMS Awarded Phase II of $10.7 Million IARPA Contract to Detect Explosives and other Threats
Marlborough, Massachusetts – January 8, 2018
Block MEMS, LLC (Block) has been awarded Phase II of the Intelligence Advanced Research Programs Activity (IARPA) Program for the standoff detection of explosives and toxic chemical threats. Block was chosen for Phase II in a competitive down-selection process. Read the full press release.

Block MEMS Selected to Participate in the JE-RDAP $8 billion Government Contract for Chemical, Biological, Nuclear, and Explosives Related R&D and Acquisition Program
Marlborough, Massachusetts – December 20, 2017
Block MEMS, LLC (Block) has been selected to participate in an $8,276,161,000 contract for Joint Enterprise Research, Development, Acquisition, Production and Procurement (JE-RDAP) program to support research and development of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and high-yield explosives defense systems, capabilities, equipment, supplies and material. Read the full press release.

Block MEMS Wins $9.8M Government Contract for Standoff Detection of Chemical Threats
Marlborough, Massachusetts – July 6, 2016
Block MEMS, a leading developer of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based infrared detection systems, has been awarded a $9.8M contract from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) to develop a system that can detect trace quantities of chemicals at standoff distances of at least 100 ft. Read the full press release.

Block Engineering Announces a Suite of Product Offerings for Protection against Terrorist Chemical Attacks
Marlborough, Massachusetts – December 2, 2015
Block Engineering offers a suite of products that can be used to protect against terrorist chemical threats. With increasing terrorist attacks throughout the world and knowledge that chemical warfare weapons are accessible to and in the hands of terrorist groups, the threat of chemical attacks continues to increase. Read the full press release.

Block Engineering Releases Ultra-Miniaturized Quantum Cascade Laser Products
Marlborough, Massachusetts – January 28, 2014
Block Engineering, the leader in Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) instrumentation, announced today the release of two ultra-miniaturized QCL products, the Mini-QCL™ Module and the new LaserTune™ Infrared Source. Read the full press release.

Block Engineering Announces Collaborative Agreement with Pfizer for Next Generation Cleaning Verification Technology
Marlborough, Massachusetts – January 18, 2013
Block Engineering, the leader in Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) spectroscopy, announced today that it has signed a Collaborative Agreement with Pfizer, Inc. to develop a QCL-based system for real-time, noncontact Cleaning Verification of vessels during pharmaceutical manufacturing... Read the full press release.

Block MEMS Awarded Multi-Million Dollar Contract to Find Buried Explosives
Marlborough, Massachusetts – January 3, 2013
Block MEMS has been awarded a major, multi-million dollar contract funded by the Army's Joint Improvised Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO). Under the contract Block will adapt its LaserScan™ spectrometer to detect from a distance recently dug up soil... Read the full press release.

Block MEMS Wins Contract to Participate in the Multi-Mission Multi-Threat Detection (M3TD) Program
Marlborough, Massachusetts – March 30, 2012
Block MEMS has been awarded a contract by the Department of Defense's Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) to provide its LaserScan™ Analyzer for evaluation in the Multi-Mission Multi-Threat Detection (M3TD) Technology Evaluation program. more...

Block MEMS Awarded Major Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Contract
Marlborough, Massachusetts – March 2, 2012
Block MEMS has been awarded a major contract from Johns Hopkins University in support of the Department of Defense intelligence community to develop and supply miniaturized, handheld versions of its battery operated Portable Hazard Observation System (PORTHOS™). more...

Block MEMS Awarded SBIR Phase II Enhancement Contract
Marlborough, Massachusetts – February 23, 2012
Block MEMS has recently been awarded a prestigious Army Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase II Enhancement Contract. This award follows Block's previous success in winning a Phase II Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP) award. more...

Block Engineering Announces Major Equity Investment
Marlborough, Massachusetts – April 4, 2011
Block Engineering, a leading developer of Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) based spectrometers, announced today that Michael L. Bickford, of Vero Beach, Florida, has made a major equity investment and has become a Director. more...

Block Introduces QScan™ Technology for Its QCL Spectrometers
Marlborough, Massachusetts – March 9, 2011
Block Engineering, a leading developer of mid-infrared spectroscopic devices, announced today the launch of its next generation QScan™ technology, which enables its Quantum Cascade Laser (QCL) spectroscopic products to perform up to 100 spectral scans per second. more...

Block Engineering Receives Golden Gas Award for Quantum Cascade Laser Mid-IR Spectrometer
Marlborough, Massachusetts – February 24, 2011
Block Engineering has been awarded the Silver Medal in the Gases & Instrumentation 2011 Golden Gas Awards. The Golden Gas Award is an international competition sponsored by Gases & Instrumentation Magazine to recognize the leading new gas analysis products of 2010. more...

Block Engineering Wins Prism Award for LaserScan™ Spectrometer
San Francisco, CA – February 3, 2011
SPIE and Laurin Publishing name Block Engineering a Prism Award winner for its LaserScan™ Analyzer, a Quantum Cascade Laser based mid-infrared spectrometer for noncontact, standoff chemical analysis of surface contaminants. more...

Block Engineering Introduces Family of Quantum Cascade Laser Mid-IR Spectrometers
Marlborough, Massachusetts – August 16, 2010
Block Engineering, a leading developer of Mid-infrared spectroscopy sensors, announced today the launch of a family of next-generation, revolutionary spectrometers based on widely tunable quantum cascade lasers (QCLs). more...

Block MEMS/Engineering selected among top 25 companies for SBIR's Commercialization Pilot Program (CPP)
Marlborough, Massachusetts – January 18, 2010
Block MEMS/Engineering announced today that it has been notified by the Army's SBIR Administration that it has been selected as one of the top 25 companies to receive additional support towards commercialization of its technology. more...

Block Engineering wins $4.38M government contract
Marlborough, Massachusetts – November 5, 2009
Block Engineering announced today that it has been awarded a new $4,380,000 government contract to develop a fieldable, handheld infrared spectrometer that utilizes Block's unique laser and microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technologies. more...

Block Engineering Wins $3,300,000 in Development Contracts
Marlborough, Massachusetts – April 23, 2009
Block Engineering announced today that it has been awarded a total of $3,300,000 in contracts from several DoD agencies to develop next generation, ultra-miniaturized infrared spectrometers. more...

Block MEMS Receives Micro/Nano Technology DARPA award
Marlborough, Massachusetts – October 23, 2007
Block MEMS, LLC, a leading developer of microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) based devices, has been awarded a research contract by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop a unique Micro/Nano mechanical switch. more...

Block MEMS Receives $4.5 Million Development Contract for MEMS gas sensor
Marlborough, Massachusetts – September 26, 2006
Block MEMS, LLC was recently awarded a $4.5 million contract by the U. S. Army Research Office. The contract, which is being managed by the Soldier Biological and Chemical Command (SBCCOM) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland, provides funds to develop a miniaturized chemical detector using microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology. more...

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