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.
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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.
- Homeland Security
Airport Security Scanners
- Homeland Security
- 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
- Industry for Use
- Industry Standards
- 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.
- 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
Inside S/F Tubes and Overpacks
- Land Mines
Livens Projector Shells
- Gas Cylinders
DOT 500X ton Containers
- Land Mines