For more than 100 years X-ray technology has
been instrumental in exposing details hidden from the human eye.
Radiation, detection and image processing technologies instantly
deliver superb images while maintaining the highest possible level
of operator safety.
This project led to the development of a high
resolution X-ray inspection system. Steel penetration, a basic performance
index for X-ray systems, was improved from 18 mm to 25 mm. The system
can be used for the inspection of whole 12-foot-long containers
at harbour customs stations and of luggage at airports, and can
detect the presence of radioactive materials, explosives or arms.
The manufacturing partner has now successfully
integrated the new system into its product range and has accumulated
a turnover exceeding 10 million euro through direct sales of industrial
and airport inspection systems. Competitiveness was increased through
cost savings resulting from a reduction in the number of components
and the simplification of testing procedures.