Boston Device Development Celebrates Launch of the Rigaku Progeny Family of Analytical Technologies

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Device engineering firm develops product embodiment for innovative spectroscopic instruments.

Device engineering firm, Boston Device Development (BDD), in collaboration with Rigaku Raman Technologies (RRT), is celebrating the launch of the Rigaku Progeny and Progeny X2 analyzers, two products that will be showcased at the Pittcon Conference and Expo in Chicago this week.

Progeny is a new handheld Raman spectroscopic instrument with a range of applications for the pharmaceutical, chemical, homeland security, and life-sciences industries. Used to characterize a material’s chemical composition and structure, Progeny’s unique technology permits users to non-destructively analyze materials inside or outside of a laboratory setting. In comparison to the typical spectroscopic instruments that are large in size, Progeny introduces a new level of portability and versatility to the market.

Boston Device Development oversaw the industrial design, engineering, prototyping, and production transfer efforts for Progeny. Over the course of BDD’s collaboration with Rigaku, the two teams worked closely to explore and refine numerous potential product embodiments. The final design direction is a distinctive handheld device that blends the Rigaku brand identity and design language with usability details found in common consumer electronics. As Rigaku VP and General Manager Bree Allen says, “We really appreciated BDD’s product design process. Their rapid prototyping approach provided an unusually quick development cycle that has condensed our time-to-market from years to months.”

Some of Progeny’s most distinctive design features include an elegant heat sink solution that permits the device to be completely sealed while managing the temperatures generated by the high-performance optical engine. Through effective design and engineering solutions, the instrument fits into tight spaces while providing a large touch screen. “Every detail about Progeny was designed with the end user in mind,” Derek Hatchett, BDD Principal explains, “The rugged, machined aluminum exterior shields this powerful analytical instrument as it moves. The touch screen is easy-to-use with a sealed keypad that protects against exposure to fluids.” Progeny can also be purchased with a complementary docking station that offers a cradle for safe storage and battery charging, which increases the device’s usability and laboratory functionality.

The Progeny X2, the benchtop counterpart, is a portable, dual-wavelength system that maintains the same design language as its sibling. Targeted at a slightly different type of customer than the handheld analyzer, the Progeny X2 offers a desktop format that can be easily carried from one place to another. Boston Device Development provided the refreshed industrial design for the Progeny X2, incorporating design details that matched the rugged look and feel of the handheld platform.

Boston Device Development is pleased to have served as Rigaku Raman Technology’s engineering partner in the launch of their family of Progeny analyzers. “We are delighted,” Boston Device Development Founder Eric Sugalski says, “to have supported Rigaku’s invigorated product line of spectroscopic instruments. Our close collaboration with Rigaku is an excellent example of how product engineering can energize an existing market in a new way.”

About Boston Device Development

Boston Device Development (BDD) offers expertise in product engineering for a range of industries including the medical, scientific, industrial, and consumer fields. Founded in early 2009 to help MIT spinouts transform new technologies into market-ready devices, BDD provides product engineering services to entrepreneurs and established businesses alike from their offices in Boston and Philadelphia.

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