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Block Engineering


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About Block Engineering

Block MEMS is developing next generation Fourier Transform Infrared (FTIR) spectrometers for chemical detection in military, homeland security and industrial applications. The optical sensors are a to use microelectromechanical (MEMS) technology to fabricate miniature spectrometers which are portable (about the size of a pen), low cost and consume low power.

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377 Simarano Drive

Marlborough, Massachusetts, 01752,

United States


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Block Engineering Patents

Block Engineering has filed 1 patent.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Laser science
  • Spectroscopy
  • Antennas (radio)
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Spectroscopy, Laser science, Nonlinear optics, Antennas (radio), Microscopy


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Spectroscopy, Laser science, Nonlinear optics, Antennas (radio), Microscopy



Latest Block Engineering News

Block Engineering’s LaserWarn Wins Prestigious MILIPOL Innovation Award

Nov 21, 2019

November 21, 2019 09:35 AM Eastern Standard Time SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.--( BUSINESS WIRE )-- Block Engineering, LLC has won the prestigious MILIPOL 2019 Innovation Award in the category of Crisis Management. The award was given to Block for its new LaserWarn ™ early warning hazardous gas and chemical detection system. MILIPOL is one of the world’s leading homeland security and safety events, with over 1,000 exhibitors. The prize was formally delivered on November 19th, 2019 on the MILIPOL convention Innovation Stage in Paris. Block’s new LaserWarn offers rapid stand-off detection, identification, and early warning of chemical attacks and toxic chemical releases. Eye-safe lasers are set up within or around a facility creating an invisible mesh (a “chemical tripwire”) covering thousands of square meters. When a chemical plume crosses any of the laser beams (“trips the wire”), alarms or chemical identification warnings are generated. Richard Nelson, Block’s Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, commented, “Block is honored to receive the MILIPOL Innovation Award. The LaserWarn system is currently protecting people around the world from chemical threats. LaserWarn can operate stand-alone or as part of an integrated command and control system that monitors the environment around critical infrastructure such as transportation terminals, federal buildings, military bases, and stadiums; and can direct an appropriate response to each threat, to protect victims and responders.” Al Weggeman, Block’s President, commented, “I am extremely proud of the effort by the Block team in making this achievement possible. We are honored to receive this prestigious award and it serves as a validation of the strong impact that LaserWarn continues to have in the safety and security markets. Our mission continues to be the delivery of products and solutions that help protect those who protect us, as well as the general public.” About Block Engineering LLC: Block is a leading provider of safety and security detection equipment and process analyzers for commercial, OEM, and global government customers. Block has been awarded numerous government contracts over the past decade for the application of its technologies toward the detection of explosives, buried IEDs, chemical warfare agents, toxic industrial materials, and chemical clouds. For additional information, please visit . Contacts

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Block Engineering Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Where is Block Engineering's headquarters?

    Block Engineering's headquarters is located at 377 Simarano Drive, Marlborough.

  • What is Block Engineering's latest funding round?

    Block Engineering's latest funding round is Angel.

  • How much did Block Engineering raise?

    Block Engineering raised a total of $4.4M.

  • Who are the investors of Block Engineering?

    Investors of Block Engineering include Michael L. Bickford, U.S. Department of Defense and Boston University Technology Development.

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