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Dense object screening for cargo inspection

Totalpost Services Plc : 21 January, 2014  (Application Story)
UK cargo handling company takes deep penetration X-Ray screening system for the detection of threats in dense cargo to improve airline safety
Dense object screening for cargo inspection

Freight forwarding company, Freightnet Handling, has installed the first 320Kv X-Ray security screening device in the UK. This is significant as it allows the company to efficiently detect via screening previously none detectable threats within large and dense cargo. Such cargo was previously impenetrable to full depth.

The X-Ray security screener has been supplied by Totalpost Services and manufactured by Astrophysics. It is one of only a half dozen supplied worldwide of this level of power output of security screening machine. This 320Kv device enables the operative to see more deeply and clearly into a screened object. In particular it is efficient in screening items such as liquid drums and metals.

The types of cargo that Freightnet is typically using the machine to screen is chemical drums, powders, oil filled equipment, motorbikes, generators and pumps. They can even screen whole tractors.

This type of freight screening operation would previously have been delayed because additional screening would have been required. Lower penetration screening devices simply cannot handle the density of such items. This means that these items of cargo have traditionally had to be screened further via manual methods. This involved gaining customer permission and separately opening up the items for further investigation and was an extremely lengthy process. However, this machine provides a clear image to a much higher penetration and so, in most cases, avoids the need for secondary screening.

Speaking about the acquisition of the machine Daz Salmon, Aviation Security Consultant at Freightnet said: “Our priority is passenger safety, and this machine helps us to improve this because our security screening operatives can see so much more using this machine.

“The nearest power output level available commercially in the UK market is a 200Kv X-Ray security screening device. We have historically used this level of machine, but increasingly we were aware that we needed to invest in a higher powered machine in order to be able to deal with demand for screening high density cargo.”

Adam Bacon, Managing Director at Freightnet Handling also comments: “Totalpost is the only UK X-Ray security screening provider to offer a 320Kv X-Ray security screening device. Put simply this machine enables us to efficiently screen cargo that no other freight forwarding agent can currently clear via X-Ray.

“This machine has enhanced our capacity. On the busiest day we’ve had so far, this machine screened half a million tonnes of freight in a single day.”

This is a large scale machine specifically designed for use in the cargo industry. It has an internal tunnel size of 180 x 180 cm and a low conveyor for easy loading. The length of the machine is the same as a standard bus, and theoretically three smart cars could fit end to end inside the machine (although cars are screened differently). Despite this, the actual footprint of the device is relatively compact making it ideal for freight forwarding applications where space is at a premium.

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