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Nuclear Regulatory Commission to stick with AS&E’s checkpoint screening system

Gemini 6040 X-ray
system from AS&E

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said on August 5 that it plans to acquire from American Science and Engineering on a sole source, firm-fixed-price basis, AS&E’s Gemini 6040 X-ray inspection system to screen visitors to its Region II offices in the Peachtree Center in Atlanta, GA.

The agency says this X-ray system, with its Z Backscatter technology, is the “agency standard” used throughout the NRC’s various office buildings.

“Introducing new equipment at this point would require approximately 10 security officers and 8 mailroom staff be trained on the new equipment, creating an additional cost,” says a notice published by the NRC on August 5.

“The Z Backscatter technology that exists in the Gemini 6040 X-ray Inspection System is proprietary to AS&E,” adds the agency. “Therefore, this system and technology is only manufactured by AS&E and can only be purchased through AS&E,” it said.

AS&E says its Gemini 6040 can be used in checkpoints, lobbies and mailrooms.

“With two technologies in one system, it easily detects metallic objects like knives and guns, but it also clearly reveals organic materials hidden in cluttered parcels -- which frequently can be missed in transmission-only systems,” explains the company on its own Web site. “Dual-energy transmission technology sees fine wires with excellent image resolution and patented Z Backscatter technology provides more information about organics -- even in small amounts.

The company sites several advantages it claims for its Gemini 6040 system:

  • Two imaging systems in one machine provide improved detection over transmission-only systems;
  • Dual-energy transmission for detection of metal threats plus Z Backscatter for enhanced explosive and narcotics detection;
  • Potential to increase throughput with faster image interpretation, fewer opened bags.

Further information is available from Vanessa Lamb, a purchasing agent with the NRC, at 404-997-4477 or [email protected].



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