Particle accelerators are at the heart of
security inspection solutions. From the baggage and body scanners that we
encounter at airports, to large container and vehicle inspection facilities
designed to prevent illicit cargo such as explosives, narcotics and radioactive
materials crossing a country’s borders. Security inspection system
manufacturers are constantly challenged to find new solutions that address
tomorrow’s security threats while meeting the increasing demands of travellers,
transport companies and security agencies to deliver solutions that improve
security without increasing cost or impacting journey times. Read how Rapiscan
Systems worked with ASTeC to perform innovative proof-of-concept testing to
develop new technologies for future products.
"The skills and technology that we developed during our time at Daresbury Laboratory made a major impact on our company at a critical time. Without it, we would not have attracted any further investment, and in all likelihood we would have had to dissolve as a company" Dr. Ed Morton,Technical Director of Rapiscan Systems
Manufacturing & Processing
It’s estimated that particle accelerators are used in the production and preparation of more than US$500B worth of products annually. Applications as diverse as polymer cross-linking where electron beams modify material properties, electron beam machining that is used in industries such as aerospace and the nuclear industry, ink curing on food packaging and the sterilisation of food and medical products. Learn how Shakespeare Engineering Ltd gained the necessary skills to access a new and significant manufacturing market as a direct result of working with ASTeC.
"The work with STFC has pushed our boundaries – we’ve invested in new specialised equipment and employed another nine skilled mechanical engineers. It has given us the confidence to start up our own R&D programmes to equip the business for the future – this is something we wouldn’t have done on our own without STFC. Knowledge transfer projects such as this are enabling us to position ourselves to compete on the global stage." Neil Shakespeare, CEO of Shakespeare Engineering Ltd.
Energy & Environment
Accelerators play an
important role in the energy sector and in helping us to provide a cleaner
environment. For example, accelerators can be used to reduce the amount of
harmful gasses emitted by traditional thermal power stations. Electron-beam
irradiation has proved effective in water treatment for many applications such
as purifying drinking water, cleaning industrial waste water and also creating
ultra-pure water for manufacturing.
Medicine & Healthcare
Around the world each year,
tens of millions of patients receive accelerator-based diagnoses and therapy.
Radiation therapy using particle beams
is a highly effective method for treating cancer patients. Accelerators are
also used in the diagnosis of cancer. For example, here at ASTeC, the ALICE accelerator has
helped develop new techniques for earlier diagnosis of prostate, cervical and
Please contact the ASTeC Business Development Team to discuss how we can assist you in reaching your research and development ambitions.
Telephone: 01925 603350 or 01925 603911
Email: Business Support