German Chemical & Gas Detection Equipment



Incomplete German military chemical detection and sampling kit

Made by: Various companies

Date: ca. 70’s/80’s/90’s??

Used by: Military

Contains: early Dräger type 31 hand pump, chemical detection paper (6665-21-112-0309 PAPIER, SPUER, CHEMISCHE AGENZIEN), 24 sample bags, 3 collection / transport bags, sample scraper, knife, tweezers and a pencil.





Type: Gasspürgerät Mod 19/31

Made by: Dräger

Date: ca. 1960’s – Manual is dated 1959.

Used by: Industrial

Detectable gases: Depends on what Dräger gas detection tube you use with it.

 
Image: Gasspürgerät Mod 19/31 & Mod 21/31 cases next to each other.





Type: Gasspürgerät / Multi Gas Detector® Mod 21/31

Made by: Dräger

Date: ca. 1980’s

Used by: Industrial

Detectable gases: Depends on what Dräger gas detection tube you use with it.




Type: Accuro®

Made by: Dräger

Date: ca. 1990’s

Used by: Industrial

Detectable gases: Depends on what Dräger gas detection tube you use with it.







Type: Auer-Airtester HP

Made by: Auergesellschaft (Auer)

Date: Aug. 1992

Used by: Industrial / Civil

Detectable gases: Oil, water vapour, carbon dioxide & carbon monoxide

Auer Part No. 3188 701

 

The Auer-Airtester HP (High Pressure) is a compressed air testing device used to determine the content of oil, water vapour, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide in the expired air from air compressors as well as compressed air cylinders. The device uses gas detection tubes (oil, water vapour, carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide) to determine the content of each gas in the compressed air.

Type: Alcotest® CH 237

Made by: Dräger

Date: ca. 1970’s

Used by: Police, Industrial & Civilian

Detectable gases: Alcohol


The Alcotest CH 237 is a breath testing device that uses alcohol detection gas tubes to determine the approximate blood alcohol concentration of an individual. The Alcotest CH 237 was first produced in 1953 and concluded production in February 2016 after 63 years.


Both ends of an Alcotest tube are broken off using the break off husk on the upper right side of the plastic green case.  The tube is inserted into the measuring bag. A red mouth piece is removed from its sterile packet and placed onto the other end of the Alcotest tube. The person must blow into the tube until the measuring bag is full, this must be done in more than 10 seconds, but less than 20 seconds. If alcohol is present the yellow reagent in the tube will turn green. The length of the green colouring will determine the approximate blood alcohol of the user.


Although this example of the Alcotest CH 237 has the old layout with all 10 tubes and mouth pieces being located at the bottom section of the case, it has been manufactured with the 1977 mini instruction booklet which depicts the later version of the Alcotest.



The sticker on the outside of the case is stamped “Labormuster Unverkäuflich” where the expiration date should be. The best translation would be “Laboratory pattern (sample) – Not for sale”.




Type: Alcotest® CH 237

Made by: Dräger

Date: ca. 1980’s

Used by: Police, Industrial & Civilian

Detectable gases: Alcohol


This later example of the Alcotest CH 237 has five tubes and five mouth pieces located internally on both the top and bottom of the plastic green case. This new layout also incorporated a holder on each side, one for the blowing bag and the other for the instruction booklet. The original layout had all 10 tubes and mouth pieces located on the bottom section of the green case without any holders for the blowing bag or instruction booklet.









Type: Alcotest® 0,8 CH 237

Made by: Dräger

Date: ca. 2000's

Used by: Police, Industrial & Civilian

Detectable gases: Alcohol


This example of the Alcotest CH 237 has an expiration date of June 2007 and was issued with the 2002 edition of the instructions.


Type: Alcolor

Made by: VEB Laborchemie Apolda / VEB Jenapharm

Date: Instruction booklet located in the black “Alcolor” carry case is dated September 1972. The Alcolor refill box is dated 1st October 1983.

Used by: Police & Civil in DDR (East Germany)

Detectable gases: Alcohol

 

Like the Dräger Alcotest, the Alcolor is a breath testing device that uses gas detection tubes to determine the approximate blood alcohol concentration of the user. The yellow reagent in the detection tube reacts to the alcohol and turns green. The Alcolor was produced in Apolda, East Germany (DDR) by VEB Laborchemie Apolda. It is possible that VEB Jenapharm may have produced or assisted in the production of the Alcolor for a short amount of time as they are mentioned on the 1972 instructions included with this example of the black Alcolor carry case, however, they are not mentioned on the refill box which is dated 1983.  

The two tubes to the right of the black Alcolor case are Promillor tubes, not Alcolor. Promillor were the higher end breath testing tubes produced by VEB Laborchemie Apolda.




Type: Alcotest® 6510

Made by: Dräger

Date: ca. 2000’s / 2010’s

Used by: Police, Industrial & Civilian

Detectable gases: Alcohol


The Alcotest 6510 is an electronic breath testing device that uses an alcosensor to determine the users’ blood alcohol concentration (BAC).