Varian announces fastest container screening technology
PALO ALTO, California Varian Medical Systems says it has developed a new type of X-ray linear accelerator that can penetrate 17 inches of steel and produce the fastest container screening of anything on the world market. The Varian Linatron® K9 dual energy accelerator is an extension of a product line Varian already has in the field, but adds significant capacity, the company said. Lester Boeh, vice president for Varian's Security & Inspection Products business said "This technology has the capacity to take us beyond what you can conventionally see with X-rays, making it possible to identify special nuclear materials as well as view container contents". Varian will supply the Linatron K9 to original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and system integrators, who build cargo screening vehicles and facilities for the world's seaports and airports. "We believe it can screen a fully-loaded container faster than any other non-intrusive inspection system available in the world," said. The company will have the product on display at the upcoming Air and Port Security Expo in Brussels, Belgium on June 22-23, 2005.