At Frontier Technology Corporation, we were contracted by a military/defense customer to assist in the development of a Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS) system.

The PINS systems, 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-its-kind, field-proven, reliable, and 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 system, 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, an R&D Top 100 award winner in 1992, led the research and development team on this project. Our PINS system 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 combat 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) 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

Internal Process

Overall Dimensions

Standard Model 100 with Eyelet

Additional Facts

Gamma ray signature reveals the chemical element
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
CMADOE
INL

Standards Met

Customer Specifications

Quick Facts

  • First-of-its-kind, field-proven, reliable and 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 combat 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 100 U.S. sites between 1992-2018.

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