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Development of a Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS) for the Military/Defense Industry

At Frontier Technology Corporation, we were contracted by a military/defense customer to assist in the development of a portable isotopic neutron spectroscopy (PINS). The PINS, which were used to detect the hazardous contents of improvised explosive devices (IED), were heavily used by homeland security, military, National Guard, customs, and border protection personnel. The result was a first-of-a-kind, field proven, and reliable non-destructive evaluation technology developed to identify chemical-fill inside chemical warfare material. It was a transportable technology deployed on the Mobile Munitions Assessment System to over 63 U. S. sites between 1992 and 2012. The PINS, which was developed using proprietary internal processes, utilized a gamma ray signature to determine complete compounds from the combination of elements detected in IEDs. The PINS were developed and manufactured according to NSCMP, CMA, DOE, and INL standards, and were tested with artillery projectiles, mortar projectiles, rockets, bombs, and land mines.

Dr. Gus Caffrey, a top 100 research and development award winner in 1992, led the research and development team on this project. Our PINS contributed to the success of over 13,000 CAIS, ton containers, and recovered chemical warfare material assessed since October 1992. We contributed to the success of 73,174 chemical warfare items destroyed. In addition, our technicians provided assessment support to combatant commanders through deployment to Iraq, Australia, and Japan.

Over the course of 20 years we provided continued support to the U.S. Army and provided reliable information on the contents of thousands of suspect chemical munitions. Even after two decades since its origin, product improvements to the current PINS system continue to be developed. For further information, contact us directly.

Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS)
Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS)

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Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy Project Highlights

Product Name
Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS)
Product Description
Used to determine IED contents and reduce injuries.
Detects explosives and hazardous material.
Applications
Homeland Security
Military
National Guard
Customs
Border Protection
Airport Security Scanners
Equipment Used to Manufacture This Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy
Internal Process
Overall Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy Dimensions
Standard Model 100 with Eyelet
Additional Facts
  • Gamma ray signature reveals the chemical element
  • They can determine the full compound from the combination of elements detected
  • Bulk analyzer
In process testing/inspection performed
High Level Testing
Certified
Industry for Use
Military/Defense
Industry Standards
NSCMP
CMA
DOE
INL
Standards Met
Customer Specifications
Quick Facts
  • First-of-a-kind, field proven reliable non-destructive evaluation technology developed to identify chemical-fill inside chemical warfare material
  • Contributed to the success of over 13,000 CAIS, ton containers, and recovered chemical warfare material assessed since October 1992
  • Contributed to the success of 73,174 chemical warfare items destroyed
  • Provided assessment support to combatant commanders through deployment to Iraq, Australia, and Japan
  • Over 20 years continued support to the U.S. Army providing reliable information on the contents of thousands of suspect chemical munitions, ultimately creating a safer tomorrow
Research & Development
Dr. Gus Caffrey of INL, leads the PINS development team
R&D-100 Award winner, 1992.
Product improvements to the current PINS system are in development.
Deployment
The PINS is a transportable technology deployed on the Mobile Munitions Assessment System (MMAS).
Deployed to over 63 U.S. sites between 1992-2012.

Items Assayed with Pins:

Artillery Projectiles
75 to 175 mm
Mortar Projectiles
3 inch Stokes
4 inch Stokes
4.2 inch
Rockets
M-55
Inside S/F Tubes and Overpacks
Bombs
“Weteye”
MC-1
M-70
M-79
Cluster Bombs
Other
Land Mines
Livens Projector Shells
Gas Cylinders
DOT 500X ton Containers

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