Bladewerx began operation in 2001 and is located in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Bladewerx provides instrumentation and software engineering products and services to the radiation protection and measurement industry. Specializing in portable alpha-in-air instrumentation and client software applications, the company has a reputation of providing cutting edge technology in both algorithm development and attractive but practical software user-interface design. Bladewerx offers a series of portable and hand-held instruments based on the SabreMCA 256-channel Multi-Channel Analyzer and employing Bladewerx' state-of-the-art alpha peak shape fitting algorithm for superior sensitivity with the presence of radon daughters. The experience Bladewerx has with radiation monitoring instrument manufacturers and Microsoft Windows applications makes them ideally suited to developing custom electronics and software applications for acquiring radiological data and presenting it to the customer in a usable format.
Bladewerx began designing and manufacturing neutron and
gamma radiation shielding products under the
Shieldwerx trade name early in 2006. They have supplied materials to
the DOE laboratories, manufacturers of security products, as well as accelerator
research facilities in the United States and throughout the world.
The owner and chief technologist is David Baltz. Mr. Baltz has over thirty years experience in software design and development, and was a design engineer for Thermo Electron in the Radiation Measurement and Protection division (formerly Thermo Eberline) for 13 years before leaving to start his own company. He was the founder and president of Metalman Corporation, an innovator in the mechanical computer-aided-design market, which he ran for ten years. Before starting Bladewerx, Mr. Baltz served as a consultant to Thermo Electron, spending three years developing the instrument and client software for the state-of-the-art Thermo Eberline Alpha-7 continuous air monitor.
Don Hanna brings to Bladewerx his experience of more than thirty years in design engineering, engineering management, and general management. For twelve years, prior to joining Bladewerx, he was President of Thermo Eberline and two other Thermo Electron Corporation subsidiaries and responsible for businesses ranging from a startup to an industry leader with products that include bioanalytical instrumentation, monitoring and detection systems, and industrial temperature control equipment. His education as an electrical and nuclear engineer (B.S./M.S.) coupled with his professional experience in organizations ranging from a few employees to hundreds of employees brings to Bladewerx a solid technological knowledge base in the radiation protection and measurement field, complemented by hands-on management and organizational experience.
Bill Brown adds over 35 years of electronics design experience to the product development arsenal of Bladewerx. At home in both analog and digital design, Mr. Brown spent 9 years with Thermo Electron before taking over design and development at Santa Fe-based, Eco Sensors, a leading manufacturer of ozone monitoring sensors. He was the lead designer of the Bladewerx SabreMCA multi-channel analyzer.