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Radiation Detection Systems2018-07-10T17:19:33+00:00

Kanawha Scales is a preferred reseller of radiation monitoring systems developed and perfected by RadComm Systems. Over the past twenty-five years, RadComm has been a dedicated supplier of leading edge detection technology to the scrap metal recycling, steel/metals and waste industries. To provide reliable and rugged state-of-the-art detectors suitable for any environment, RadComm uses nothing but lab-quality components, such as premium grade PVT and components using low noise design technology.

RadComm has a reputation for satisfied customers and has earned that reputation by being the company known for its customization, problem solving capabilities and its dedication and commitment to completing installations to the one-hundred percent satisfaction of their customers. RadComm has over 4,000 large scale systems in successful operation in over 60 countries including, USA, Canada, Mexico, Germany, Spain, Sweden, Japan, China, Korea and South Africa.

Prevent costly radioactive contamination of your scrap yard, steel plant, equipment, product and personnel with the RC4000 series vehicle radiation detection system!

RC4000 radiation detection systems are finely-tuned, revolutionary instrumentation specifically designed to detect radioactivity contained in a moving vehicle loaded with scrap. The revolutionary design of the RC4000 incorporates 18 years of engineering design and field application experience, and provides the metals industry with the best safety record to date. The RC4000 incorporates only the best state-of-the-art components and software/hardware technology available in the world.

The software is extremely flexible, allowing the user to easily configure the system’s general operation. The revolutionary design utilizes high-speed micro-controller/CPLD technology in each detector assembly. Multiple electronic adjustments such as gains, high voltage, noise filters and thresholds can be made via the display screen, telephone modem and/or network/Ethernet connection. The detector electronics utilize modular designs allowing fast and easy replacement of parts should a problem arise. The RC4000 Windows based software is extremely flexible with easy to follow menus in the language of the country where the system is being used.

The RC4000 system is RadComm’s most advanced radiation detection system and is extremely sensitive to low level radiation emissions from a moving vehicle regardless of the severe changes in background caused by varying scrap densities.

Another extremely important issue is for the system to recognize and eliminate the ambient background interference from the ground, brick building and concrete structures. This will significantly improve the system detection capability while virtually stopping false alarms.

The RC4000 system technology has proven to be the best system currently available for monitoring any type of scrap metal shipment. RC4000 systems are installed and monitoring at more than 2,000 installations around the world, with the best safety record when it comes to detecting and protecting these facilities.

The graph shows a series of lines that represent RadComm alarm threshold settings. Unlike any other systems in the world, these alarm threshold settings are updated at high speed in real time on a continuous basis. This is critical when it comes to scanning loads of scrap in a moving vehicle that cause severe changes in the measured background radiation levels. In addition, the examples in the graph show a series of different colors that represent various gamma energy alarm thresholds. Gamma energies have caused many major incidents at steel making facilities.

The RC4069, part of the RC4000 series of radiation detection systems, is RadComm’s most advanced vehicle radiation portal monitoring system specifically designed to detect radioactive material contained in a moving vehicle loaded with scrap metal/material. The innovative design of the RC4069 is the result of over 18 years of engineering design and field application experience that has provided the metals industry with the best proven safety record to-date. The RC4069 incorporates state-of-the-art components and the most advanced software/hardware technology currently available worldwide.

The system menus are based on a Windows environment to allow a clear and precise understanding of the RC4069 operations. The software is flexible, allowing the user to easily configure the system’s general operations.

In addition, the RC4069 computer controller performs all non-real time tasks such as the management of data received from the detector assemblies and configuration of system operational parameters. The advanced design of the individual high-speed micro-based RC4069 detector assemblies performs all real-time tasks such as pulse analysis from the detectors and vehicle speed measurement. This individual detector functionality is an extremely important and desirable feature of the RC4069 system. To achieve the high level of detection capability the RC4069 provides, high-speed real time signal processing and alarm analyses is performed simultaneously with no interruption of the radiation monitoring process.

This system is specially designed to work in scrap metal/waste recycling and steel manufacturing facilities. It’s been tested and proven in many customer sites and has demonstrated key technology features such as high sensitivity, fewest false alarms, easy to use menus, supervisor remote system access, traceability and accountability.

The RC4138 detects radioactive material contained in a moving vehicle loaded with scrap metal/material. The innovative design of the RC4138 is the result of over 18 years of engineering design and field application experience that has provided the metals industry with the best proven safety record to-date. The RC4138 incorporates state-of-the-art components and the most advanced software/hardware technology currently available worldwide.

The system menus are based on a Windows environment to allow a clear and precise understanding of the RC4138 operations without the additional requirement of a background in physics. The software is flexible, allowing the user to easily configure the system’s general operations.

In addition, the RC4138 computer controller performs all non-real-time tasks such as the management of data received from the detector assemblies and configuration of system operational parameters. The advanced design of the individual high-speed micro-based RC4138 detector assemblies performs all real-time tasks such as pulse analysis from the detectors and vehicle speed measurement. This individual detector functionality is an extremely important and desirable feature of the RC4138 system. To achieve the high level of detection capability the RC4138 provides, high-speed real-time signal processing and alarm analyses is performed simultaneously with no interruption of the radiation monitoring process.

This system is specially designed to work in scrap metal/waste recycling and steel manufacturing facilities. This system has been tested and proven in many customer sites and has demonstrated key technology features such as high sensitivity, fewest false alarms, easy to use menus, supervisor remote system access, traceability and accountability.

Detection of Radioactivity in Moderate Density Materials
The RC2000 series of radiation detection systems have been designed for moderate density materials such as compressed waste and processed scrap metal.

The vehicle size and type will help determine the appropriate detector panel size (69L, 91L, 138L) and configuration. The RC2000 detection systems all utilize RadComm’s high quality specially prepared polyvinyl toluene (PVT) scintillators, electronics and photomultiplier tube (PMT).

Simplified System Operation

The RC2000 provides a high level of detection capability for buried gamma ray sources in low to moderate material densities. System operation is completely automated providing specific alarm thresholds in real-time during each scanning period. The RC2000 series utilizes a user friendly graphical interface allowing the operator to easily move through the wide range of user options. Detailed alarm records are stored on the internal hard drive and can be easily retrieved.

Networkable Remote System Access
The RC2000 controller is equipped with a network adapter allowing remote monitoring, data retrieval and maintenance functions. The internal RC2000 software and hardware designs are extremely flexible allowing remote software updates and electronic hardware adjustments when necessary.

With a network connection, supervisors can monitor the system operation in virtual real-time to ensure normal system operation is maintained.

Prevent costly radioactive contamination of your scrap yard, steel plant, equipment, product and personnel with the RC2000 series vehicle radiation detection system!

Detect hidden radioactivity contained in waste and scrap loads with theRC2W34-2 series vehicle radiation detection system.

  • Excellent detector technology and coverage
  • User friendly, easy to operate
  • Maintenance friendly
  • Unique ease of installation
  • Lowest cost of ownership
  • Easily upgradeable to RadComm’s RC2000 series and RC4000 series software

The RC2W34-2 series of radiation portal monitoring system was specifically designed to detect radioactive material contained in a moving vehicle loaded with waste and scrap metal/material. The innovative design of the RC2W34-2 is the result of customers’ demands for best in class scanning coverage of vehicles with the lowest cost of ownership.

The RC2W34-2 series utilizes high quality PVT scintillators and highly sensitive PMT’s coupled with high grade electronics and proven signal processing alarm algorithms. With the click of a mouse, the system can instantaneously relearn background levels providing accurate scanning while maintaining a low false alarm rate.

If radiation signatures are present in a load of waste or scrap material, the system will immediately alarm and flash red to alert the user that a potential radioactive source has been detected.

Utilizing RadComm’s experience and success in remote access, the RC2W34-2 offers internet connectivity so that testing and maintenance can be performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Most issues can be resolved within a matter of minutes from RadComm’s service center or any one of our fully licensed RadComm service agents.

The RC1000 series is an ideal radiation detection for small vehicle and small material handling units. 

The RC1000 series of radiation detection systems have been designed for lower density materials such as waste and light/bulky scrap metal. The vehicle size and type will help determine the appropriate detector panel size (34L or 69L). The RC1000 detection systems all utilize RadComm’s high quality specially prepare polyvinyl toluene (PVT) scintillators.  The proprietary PVT design has been optimized to allow maximum light output during scintillation events.

Simplified and Efficient
The RC1000 is based on “rate-meter” technology. This technology requires a minimal calibration on system startup. Once the alarm thresholds are setup, system operation is automated.  In the event an increase in the measured radiation levels is detected, an increasing audio frequency will sound with an accompanying Red Alarm lamp will alert the operator to the presence of radioactive material.

Flexible and Upgradable
The RC1000 design is considered an entry level system where the operator will have to manually record and track alarm information and other parameters. In anticipation of future requirements the RC1000 system is fully capable of upgrading to the RC2000 and RC4000 that have full automation of the manual tasks of the RC1000 system. These upgrades enable such features as detailed data storage, real time tracking, network capability, and manual scanning.

Find radioactive sources that other radiation detection systems miss! CRICKET is the world’s leading most rugged, highest sensitive radiation detection grapple mounted system on the market!

  • Proven, tested, innovative leading-edge technology
  • Unparalleled durability
  • User friendly, easy to operate
  • Easy to install and maintenance friendly
  • Supervisory software capable

Fit to any grapple, in any application

The CRICKET radiation detection system is designed to meet the needs of the scrap, steel, and waste industries. CRICKET’s revolutionary yet simple design provides an optimum level of detection capability for low intensity radioactive sources, on a continuous basis, in applications where radiation detection systems never existed before. The level of detection capability will far exceed any conventional radiation detection system, including detection systems that are mounted on the boom of a crane, regardless of detector size.

Get closer, scan longer, with more accuracy

There are three different opportunities to analyze all the scrap material during the handling process:

First, because the CRICKET system scans on a continuous basis, material is scanned on the surface before the load is even picked up. Secondly, the load is scanned while in the grapple. Finally, the material is scanned just as it is released.

Find radioactive sources that other radiation detection systems miss! CRICKET is the world’s leading, most rugged, highly sensitive radiation detection magnet mounted system on the market!

Proven, tested, innovative leading-edge technology

  • Unparalleled durability
  • User friendly, easy to operate
  • Easy to install and maintenance friendly
  • Supervisory software capable

Fit to any magnet, in any application!

The CRICKET radiation detection system is designed specifically to meet the needs of the scrap, steel, and waste industries. The CRICKET’s revolutionary, yet simple design provides an optimum level of detection capability for low intensity radioactive sources, on a continuous basis, in applications where radiation detection systems never existed before.

The level of detection capability will far exceed any conventional radiation detection system, including detection systems that are mounted on the boom of a crane, regardless of detector size.

Get closer, scan longer, with more accuracy

Mounting the CRICKET in a magnet application allows direct exposure to all the material being handled. There are two different opportunities to analyze all the scrap material during the handling process:

First, the CRICKET system can scan on a manual basis; material may be scanned on the surface before the load is even picked up. Secondly, once the magnet is energized the load is scanned while in the magnet, allowing for the highest level of sensitivity.

The RC2PLUS is available in two versions; the Total Count Basic versions and the Advanced ROI Analyses version. The Basic version tracks the total count rate produced by all of gamma energies during the scanning period and sets an automatically sets an alarm threshold over the total background count rate average.


The Advanced ROI Analyses versions allows the operator to see the distributed gamma energies in a histogram which specific ROIs can be selected for the desired energy ranges applicable to the requirement. Once the ROI ranges are selected, a specific alarm threshold can be set for each ROI. This unique technology provides extremely high sensitivity while decreasing the adverse effects caused by ambient background radiation. The RC2PLUS provides many additional features such as the display of gamma energy response in a histogram form, data storage, selected ROI count rate viewing.

The RC2PLUS stores operator selected results in a histogram record which can be downloaded via USB to RadComm’s PC software for further analysis and archiving of information. Reports can be saved in PDF format. Remote servicing/diagnostics and software updates of the RC2PLUS can be achieved via a network with RadComm’s software application.

The RC2PLUS was designed specifically for any application where sensitivity detection capability must be extremely high even with elevated backgrounds.

The SYCLONE is a highly sensitive portable gamma-ray spectrometer capable of identifying single or multiple isotopes simultaneously.

The SYCLONE also provides the user with various functions such as search and find, rate meter, dose rates and accumulated dose rate.

  • Large Isotope Library
  • Lightweight
  • Battery Operated
  • 4 position Joystick
  • Easy to Follow Menus
  • Large Internal Memory
  • Large Backlight Display

These enhanced features allow the SYCLONE to be one of the most accurate portable gamma-ray spectrometers when it comes to identifying single or multiple isotopes even with weak gamma emissions, and has accurate radiation dose assessment. The mechanical assembly of the SYCLONE is robust and designed for field applications where harsh environments are commonplace.

Simplified and Flexible

The SYCLONE operating system utilizes sensible, easy to read and follow menus. The multi-position joystick and large color LCD backlit display provides easy navigation through menu selections. Detailed spectral information is clearly and precisely displayed so that even users without extensive training can easily see scan results. Various on-screen messages assist the user when immediate attention is required for issues such as preset timing, high radiation levels, alarm settings and warning messages.

Remote SYCLONE PC Spectral Analysis and Data Storage Software

The SYCLONE is equipped with a high-capacity internal memory that allows large amounts of data to be stored by record number, date and time. Stored data such as spectral and dose rate information can be easily downloaded to a PC via micro USB or optional Bluetooth. The downloaded data can then be displayed and managed with the powerful SYCLONE PC software.

Primary features such as the selection and highlighting of ROI details and zoom in/out of the gamma energy histogram can be easily performed. The SYCLONE PC software has all the necessary features that will meet the needs of virtually any user.

The RHandy portable fast responding radiation detector and dose rate meter will instantly measure any material for the presence of radioactivity whether it is clothing, food, water or even air. The adjustable alarm threshold setting can be set to a predetermined radiation level or the recommended factory default alarm threshold can be used.

Operation of the RHandy is completely automatic once the easy-to-set operational parameters have been decided upon. Simply position the unit near the object that needs to be scanned and listen for the varying audio alarm to sound and/or the displayed readings to increase. In addition to the unit’s fast response there is a resettable accumulated dose that can be used for personal absorbed dose or can be located near the air intake to a home for accumulated dose tracking of air filters. Tracking of the air intake filter will provide vital information when to switch off the air and when to change the filter. The selectable display readout will show the desired units of measure such as counts per second (CPS), or dose-rate (Sv/hr, or R/hr). The displayed radiation level is auto-scaling with warning messages.

Pinpoint a potential radioactive source quickly and safely with a RC22 or RC23 Wand


Fully automatic and easy to use

  • Lightweight
  • Extendible for longer reach
  • Easy to read backlit display
  • Quick response time with variable alarm tone
  • Fully Automatic and Operator Friendly

The RC22 and RC23 were designed to allow fast and easy inspection of areas, containers or vehicles that may contain radioactive material. Upon start up the unit will perform a background check and automatically set an alarm threshold for the user. In only seconds, the RC22 and RC23 is ready for use.

Easy to Read Display with Audible Alarm

When radiation is detected the display will immediately show the increasing radiation levels. An audio alarm will also be activated to help locate the exact source of the radiation. The tone varies based upon the proximity and intensity of the radioactive source.

Available In Two Lengths and Two Head Sizes

RC22 is telescopic for a reach of 49” (124.5cm) to 99” (251.5cm). The telescopic pole serves two functions, one is to reach and scan an area that would normally be out of reach, and the second is to provide a safer operating distance between you and a potential radioactive source. The wand is available in two different detector head sizes. The RC22 has a detector head size of 2”(5.1cm) for a total volume of 193cc. For greater sensitivity, the RC23 has a detector head size of 3”(7.6cm) for a total volume of 442cc.

RADSampler – Laborator Gamma Spectrometer

The RADSampler is a compact yet highly sensitive laboratory gamma spectrometer. Developed as a desktop unit, it quickly and accurately analyzes of any small object to ensure it is free of radioactive contaminates. The RADSampler’s lead lined analyzer chamber virtually eliminates ambient background radiation producing ultra-clean, highly accurate test results.

• Compact footprint for desktop application
• Configurable scanning or dwell times
• Available in Basic and Advanced versions
• Easy to operate 5 button keypad
• Remote service and calibration capability

RADSampler Basic version allows a user to isolate up to four (4) Regions Of Interest (ROI) of the energy range spectrum and set specific alarm thresholds. This isolation allows for quicker results to quickly detect the four most common isotopes found in the metal manufacturing industries maintaining production at an absolute maximum.

RADSampler Advanced takes the user to the next level of detection and identification capability. With a large isotope library, it can accurately identify specific and multiple isotopes within any given sample. RADSampler Advanced is suitable for any industry that is concerned about potential contaminated product and/or incoming material that requires testing.

The RADSampler utilizes powerful Windows based software which allows for uploading of stored spectra results to any PC via USB. The energy results from the ROI windows are automatically summarized in a user-friendly report in which the operator can enter information, save, print and/or email. Further analysis can be performed by opening using RadComm’s PC Analysis software to view a specific ROI in a detailed histogram format. Measuring approximately 8-1/2” (21cms) wide x 12-3/4” (32cms) long and weighing only 86 lbs. (39 kg) it easily sits on any desktop or industrial shelf. No longer is it necessary to dedicate valuable floor space to accommodate much larger and heavier spectrometers.

RC Charge Bucket Radiation Detection Systems are RadComm’s most advanced charge bucket radiation monitoring system specifically designed to detect radioactive material contained in a moving grapple loaded with scrap metal/material.

The innovative design of the RC CHARGE BUCKET is the result of over 15 years of engineering design and field application experience that has provided the metals industry with the best proven safety record to-date. The system incorporates state-of-the-art components and the most advanced software/hardware technology currently available worldwide.

The system menus are based on a Windows environment to allow a clear and precise understanding of the RC CHARGE BUCKET operations without the additional requirement of a background in physics. The software is flexible, allowing the user to easily configure the system’s general operations including; setting of passwords, adjustment of detector parameters, pinpointing the location of a radioactive source when detected in a vehicle, and the storing and retrieval of alarm information.

In addition, the RC CHARGE BUCKET computer controller performs all non-real-time tasks such as the management of data received from the detector assemblies and configuration of system operational parameters.

The advanced design of the individual high-speed micro-based RC CHARGE BUCKET detector assemblies performs all real-time tasks such as pulse analysis from the detectors and vehicle speed measurement. This individual detector functionality is an extremely important and desirable feature of the system. In order to achieve the high level of detection capability the RC CHARGE BUCKET provides; high-speed real-time signal processing and alarm analyses is performed simultaneously with no interruption of the radiation monitoring process.

This system is specially designed to work in scrap metal/waste recycling and steel manufacturing facilities. This system has been tested and proven in many customer sites and has demonstrated key technology features such as high sensitivity, fewest false alarms, easy to use menus, supervisor remote system access, traceability and accountability. When combined with RadComm Systems responsive technical support and on-line service, the RC CHARGE BUCKET is clearly the system of choice throughout the steel and scrap industry.

The RC4000 Conveyor Radiation Detection System constantly monitors your material handling conveyors for radioactive materials.

The RC4000 Conveyor Radiation Detection System consists of two main components – the RCD conveyor radiation detectors and RC4000 control console. RCD radiation detectors are mounted on the infeed conveyor to the shredder and downstream conveyor after the shredder. The RCD detectors are connected to the RC4000 console via a low voltage signal communication cable. The signal cable utilizes double-shielded, multiple twisted-pair conductors that carry low voltage DC power and logic levels that are virtually immune from electrical noise.

The RCD detectors measure the ambient radiation levels on a continuous, uninterrupted basis. These measured levels are converted into digital signals that are transmitted to the RC4000 computer and then analyzed by the high-speed microprocessor system. The software analysis controls the sampling of the incoming measured signal for the purpose of establishing a continuous running reference of the ambient background radiation level.

Each RCD detection unit will be scanned and alarm levels calculated independent of the other detection units in the system. During normal operation, the RCD units utilize indicators on the top level display that allow the operator to view the operational status of each detector.

During normal operation the indicators will be green. In the event of an alarm condition on any one or all the RCD units, the indicator will turn red with an accompanying alarm level indicating the intensity of the radiation level. When the alarm occurs, all of the detailed information regarding the alarm condition will be stored in memory and can be retrieved from menu option data. The alarm information will include the detector number, alarm condition, alarm data collected, date, time and specific sample status (e.g. highest reading taken). The system never stops analyzing the measured radiation levels from the RCD detectors regardless of the system operating condition.

The system also provides digital logic output that can be used to operate external audio and visual system status and alarms and to control conveyor motors. Each conveyor can be controlled independently depending upon the location of the suspect material. For example, if the suspect material is located on the infeed conveyor, only the infeed conveyor will be stopped leaving the downstream conveyor running to remove the cleared material. If the suspect material is in the downstream conveyor (too well shielded for the infeed detector to detect until shredded) then all the conveyors stop to prevent contamination of previously shredded and cleared material.

The RC4000 has many additional features other than alarm data retrieval such as: time/date, display of RCD measured radiation levels, system configuration adjustments, system testing without a radioactive source, and remote factory access by modem or internet. Many of the system features are protected by a security code entry.

The OffGas Detection System uses multiple detection units situated at strategic points on the off-gas/dust collection system. Each detector assembly includes state-of-the-art scintillation material and electronic hardware that allows maximum detection capability to be achieved for low level radiation emissions in a dynamic and static mode. The assemblies will be connected to a central detector controller via low voltage signal cable where all signals are processed at an extremely high sampling rate allowing detailed statistical analyses to be performed on each detector signal. From the data analyses, the “Lowest-Achievable-Alarm-Level” (LAAL) is set on an automatic continuous basis. The detector controller can simultaneously monitor up to four detector assemblies from up to 300 meters away. The detector controller will be coupled to a central control console (mounted in an occupied area) via low voltage signal cable or by wireless communication (optional). The central controller will include an illuminated display readout, keypad, alarm indicator, alarm reset and PLC I/O port. The control console will provide the user with measured radiation levels for each detector, alarm information, power interruption data, system maintenance messages and date/time. The console will also allow the adjustment of alarm threshold levels, printout of alarm and power interruption data and various other system configuration functions. There is an option to connect the plants PLC system for the downloading of alarm locations.

The system user will have full and complete control over the systems operating condition. Because of the critical function of the off-gas/dust collection system radiation detection system, it is extremely important that the more information that can be provided to the user the better. The detectors signal discriminator settings and signal process algorithms cannot be adjusted but there will be full adjustment capability of the Controllers permutations and combinations alarm algorithms. In addition, the resultants (alarms) of the User set permutations and combinations analyses will be made available via the PLC I/O port. This information together with selected variables from the off-gas/dust collection system, such as, flow rates and mechanical valve I/O signals, the RadComm PLC flow chart alarm algorithm can be customized for each plant application.

Utilizing this method of monitoring a plant’s off-gas/dust collection system for high and low level radiation emissions will provide the necessary information for plant personnel to make a fast decision as to the corrective measure that will need to be taken in the event radiation has been detected. It will help minimize the spread of radioactive material and provide early warning to personnel to avoid being unnecessarily exposed to the radioactive dust particles.

An upgrade can be performed on older systems even if they were not originally purchased from RadComm. An electronic upgrade will replace all the electronic components of your existing system, saving you the cost of purchasing new detector boxes and stands. A retrofit upgrade will replace your existing detectors with new ones that fit into your existing stands even if they were not originally for a RadComm system.

Benefits
A system upgrade will save you both time and money. You will not need to replace your existing stands and new cable can be pulled through the existing conduit. A system upgrade will also bring you up to date on the latest in radiation detection technology.

RadComm recommends always to consider a full new system to replace an aging unit, but if cost is an issue, then contact RadComm and request upgrade information.

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