HALO technology and systems are provided as two key elements: an OEM camera component and a database library of material signatures. The database will be provided as a one-off purchase with the camera or as an on-going subscription.
(*Concept designs shown for example purposes only)
Our OEM products will be supplied to our partners within a number of different sectors and optimised for a specific market. Our focus is on the development of our core X-ray diffraction product integrated with our partner product range. Our current target markets include security (aviation and border control), medical systems and industrial process control. If you think our technology could fit within your market then please Contact us.
Our OEM product will comprise a number of key components:
- compact, X-ray generator;
- custom optics to form a hollow interrogating X-ray beam;
- detector for interrogation of the diffraction X-ray beam and,
- mechanics* to maintain the required geometric relationship between the generator, optics and detector.
The dimensions of our interrogating hollow beam are created by the geometric relationship between the generator and HALO optics. The optimum size of the beam will be application-specific however we may anticipate the extremes for this –
- maximum coverage - the beam diameter is sufficiently large enough to cover the entire belt or conveyor system, such that constant inspection will be possible using a static HALO camera;
- minimum coverage - the interrogating beam is substantially smaller than the maximum width of the object transfer system and therefore requires locating above the target object such that the beam is incident at the correct point as the object passes through the inspection zone. In such circumstances, movement of the HALO camera perpendicular to the motion axis may be achieved through movement respective mechanics. A graphical representation of this can be seen above.
Minimum coverage requires additional information to establish where to place the HALO camera perpendicular to the motion axis, where this information is made available from a pre-screening stage located upstream of the HALO camera. This may take the form of other X-ray screening technology, other complementary technology or a pre-determined location on a product that provides indicative information of the manufacturing process overall.
HALO systems offer a unique and patented approach to X-ray diffraction. The X-ray signature produced by our geometry and the methodology for collecting these signatures provides a different dataset to typical diffraction systems so HALO requires the compilation of a new database of material signatures. This on-line database will be updated on a regular basis with new signatures added as we are exposed to differing substances and applications.