MCAD-SIM Chemical Warfare Detection Simulator

Argon Electronics' MCAD-SIM chemical hazard simulation training system allows you to safely and comprehensively train on the correct use of the Smiths Detection MCAD-SIM without external simulants or other consumables.


Designed to permit training in the use of Smiths Detection’s Man Portable Chemical Agent Detector it is now possible to ensure effective operator training with ease.

Multiple simulators can be remotely controlled in real time using a single PDA that allows an instructor to monitor that students correctly follow a detector’s set up procedure, and are able to perform simple fault diagnosis and remedial action in response to simulated faults.

Safe and environmentally friendly electronic simulation of chemical agent release can be programmed to cause realistic instrument alarm readings, whilst all trainee responses are reported and logged for after action review.

  • Training simulator for the Smiths Detection MCAD CW detector
  • Simulation of all detected agents and their identification
  • Simulation of Miosis mode
  • Includes two simulation sieve packs for user replacement training.
  • Uses standard commercial batteries, Lithium battery or rechargeable Lithium Ion battery
  • Apart from batteries, no other consumables required
  • Low cost of ownership – No preventative maintenance or regular calibration required
  • Accurately simulates all functions of the real detector
  • Powerful instructor remote controls up to 8 simulators from over 750 meters away
  • Simulates CW alarms and detector faults
  • Capable of working with Remote Display Unit (RDU)
  • Can be upgraded to work with PlumeSIM
  • System supplied complete with simulation confidence tester, inlet, outlet caps and simulation sieve packs.
  • Instructor remote also available

Argon chemical point detector simulation instruments are compatible with our new PlumeSIM training system that allows instructors to set up virtual scenarios and control instrumented collective wide area exercises, with remote activation of multiple instruments by release of a virtual plume.

Simulation of instrument set-up

The entire set-up procedure is simulated as appropriate to the real detector.

Correct removal/positioning of protective caps or covers and alarm testing is registered. The duration of warm up time can be shortened from the normally specified period to save time, or extended to simulate detector fault conditions. Where appropriate, a simulation confidence tester enables trainees to practice this important procedure.

The simulator automatically calculates the duration of exposure of the confidence tester and reports any excess sample times or missed confidence tests to the instructor in real time.

Operator fault diagnosis and problem solving training

The instructor remote permits component fault simulation and unit contamination simulation ensuring trainees learn how to carry out simple diagnosis and remedial actions.

Safe electronic simulation of hazardous chemical agent release

Based upon an industrial specification PDA , the instructor remote control (IRC) lets you simulate a cloud of chemical vapour passing individual or groups of detectors.

With a range of 820 yards (750 meters) line of sight, you can specify type of agent, rate of increase, maximum level, duration, rate of decrease and persistency of simulated chemical attack. You can also simulate spurious false readings on individual detectors.

A powerful library feature enables you to use pre-planned scenarios to save valuable time during training.

Real time error reporting and after action review

The controller analyses your trainee’s actions, comparing these with the built in operational doctrine, and reports any mistakes in real time.

This means you can implement corrective instruction immediately and be certain your trainees understand how to use your real detectors correctly, ensuring they are protected from misuse and possible damage.

All activity is recorded to permit extensive after action review of your training sessions.

Cost effective

Powered by the standard battery from the real detector, mains power or  commercial rechargeable battery pack (Government supplied), Argon simulation systems require no preventative maintenance and spares are minimized to ensure a low cost of ownership. Expensive damage to real detectors is avoided and your equipment is kept ready for operational use when needed.

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