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May 25, 2010 08:37 ET

International Table Tennis Federation Utilizes RAE Systems' PID Technology to Detect Banned "Speed Glues"

New Rules Implemented to Test Rackets for Volatile Organic Compounds and to Ban the Use of Potentially Toxic "Speed Glue"

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwire - May 25, 2010) -  RAE Systems Inc. (NYSE Amex: RAE), a leader in delivering innovative sensor solutions that provide safety and security from unseen threats in industrial, energy, environmental and government markets worldwide, today reported the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF) is using RAE Systems' MiniRAE Lite photoionization detector (PID) to detect cheating and to protect table tennis players from volatile organic compounds (VOCs) associated with some adhesives used to affix rubber pads to racket or paddle blades.

"The MiniRAE Lite easily can detect the 2 parts per million (ppm) exposure limit over ambient air set by the ITTF. RAE Systems' MiniRAE-Lite was chosen by the ITTF for worldwide deployment due to its accuracy and ease of use, as well as for RAE Systems' worldwide presence and solid reputation," stated Bill Jackson, RAE Systems' vice president of global marketing.

Many top players commonly used so-called "speed glue" to gain better spin or speed on the ball. The glue reportedly increases the elasticity of the rubber facing-material providing more bounce. The 2008 Summer Olympics was the final tournament to allow the use of the now banned compounds. In September 2008, the ITTF banned the use of potentially harmful glues and introduced a new racket-testing program to ensure paddles used by players do not contain VOCs.

The ITTF banned volatile solvents from rackets, as well as its use by the players. According to the regulation, tests to detect the presence of volatile solvents shall be carried out at World and Olympic title events, Pro-Tour tournaments and World Junior Circuit events and may be established at Continental and Regional competitions. Specific rules cover the testing of a player's racket and include the specific use of RAE Systems' MiniRAE Lite to detect banned VOCs from players' rackets.

MiniRAE Lite is a photoionization detector (PID) that uses an extremely bright ultraviolet (UV) light source to break down chemicals into ions that can easily be counted with a matched detector, amplified, and then displayed on its meter with readings as small as parts per million (ppm). The ions quickly recombine after passing the electrodes in the detector to re-form their original molecule. The MiniRAE Lite is the most reliable hand-held volatile organic compound monitor on the market. Its PID range up to 5,000 parts-per-million (ppm) makes it an ideal instrument for a wide range of industrial, environmental and governmental applications.

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RAE Systems offers a full line of wirelessly enabled solutions including personal, hand-held, transportable, and fixed instruments designed to meet the needs of any usage scenario. Applications include energy production, refining, industrial and environmental safety, public venue safety and government first responder markets.
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