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50 years of success for American Science and Engineering

American Science And Engineering : 01 October, 2008  (Company News)
Pioneering X-Ray inspection equipment manufacturer looks back on half a century of innovations in the field of cargo inspection and X-Ray security systems
American Science and Engineering has announced the celebration of 50 years of business in the field of X-ray technology. Since its founding in 1958, AS&E has grown to over $166 million in annual revenues with over 360 global employees.

AS&E's proprietary technologies, protected by more than 45 patents, offer customers superior detection of threats and contraband to combat terrorism, drug and weapons smuggling, trade fraud, and illegal immigration. Today, AS&E's X-ray inspection systems can be found in 137 countries around the world and are used by leading government agencies, border authorities, military bases, airports, and corporations worldwide in many mission-critical applications.

"Reflecting on our first 50 years in business, AS&E's board of directors and senior management team want to thank our customers for entrusting us to secure their critical facilities, military bases, ports, borders, and personnel," said Anthony Fabiano, AS&E's President and CEO. "We also want to recognize our employees for making possible the Company's successes to date and for contributing to technical innovations and scientific discoveries, while also building a strong foundation for future growth. Finally, we would like to thank our shareholders for their continued support — our Company continues on a strong and dynamic path firmly focused on increasing shareholder value, and we look forward to even more notable successes in the coming years."

AS&E has a rich history of scientific advances, particularly in the field of X-ray technology. Some highlights include:

1 The discovery of the first known X-ray source outside the solar system (1962) and the development of the first image forming X-ray telescope for NASA (1965, 1967) producing the first successful photograph of the sun in soft X-rays. These discoveries were lead by founding employee Dr. Riccardo Giacconi, whose pioneering work at AS&E not only later earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics (2002), but also helped lay the foundation for AS&E's proprietary X-ray detection technology for counterterrorism and security applications.

2 The breakthrough development of patented Flying Spot technology, the fundamental principle that makes possible AS&E's core Z Backscatter technology — the proprietary and proven approach for the discrimination of organic or low atomic number materials (1973).

3 The successful launch of the Einstein Observatory — the world's largest X-ray telescope — with funding from NASA (1978).

4 The development of a new kind of parcel X-ray inspection system — with Z Backscatter technology — which provides an alternative to traditional metallic detection systems (1986). In 2006, AS&E leveraged Z Backscatter technology with high-resolution dual-energy to introduce the Gemini parcel inspection system — the first conventional parcel inspection system on the market to combine these technologies for the most comprehensive detection of threats and contraband.

5 The construction of the first practical rail car inspection system — a predecessor of AS&E's CargoSearch family of products — used by the US Government to scan rail cars leaving Russian missile factories (1990). In 2006, AS&E added to its CargoSearch line with the introduction of the Z Portal screening system — the industry's only multi-view, high-throughput, drive-through vehicle screening system.

6 The development of unique high-energy Shaped Energy X-ray technology, which allows filtering of high-energy X-rays to remove unnecessary radiation without affecting the ability of the beam to penetrate dense objects — thus eliminating the need for heavy shielding (2001). Shaped Energy is the core technology for AS&E's OmniView Gantry cargo inspection system (introduced in 2005), the only multi-view relocatable system available today that combines high-energy transmission inspection plus multiple Z Backscatter X-ray views.

7 The launch of the Z Backscatter Van (ZBV), a breakthrough drive-by screening system for cargo and vehicles (2003). The ZBV has become the number one selling non-intrusive mobile inspection system on the market.
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