Mirion Technologies - Radiation. Safety.

The End of an Era - 18 years of the DMC 2000

Posted by Kasra Hagan on Jan 12, 2017 10:20:01 AM


First conceived in 1994 and launched in 1998, the DMC 2000 has served eighteen years as a flagship product in Mirion's active dosimetry lineup. From use in nuclear power plants all over the world, to use with various militaries and civil defense agencies, to a large variety of labs, industrial sites, and more, it has been a rugged performer keeping workers and wearers safe and aware of their radiation exposure. The DMC 2000S and some associated products and accessories are now entering an end-of-life draw down phase, with a series of stages listed below to explain the impact to our customers.

 

 

The French aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle, where the DMC 2000 was first deployed

 

 

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Expanding Our Reach - Introducing the Telepole II

Posted by Kasra Hagan on Dec 21, 2016 2:38:18 PM

Well Established Groundwork

Mirion's Telepole has been a mainstay instrument for radiation surveys for nearly two decades, proving itself to be a stable workhorse instrument for measuring radiation levels in hard to reach areas. It is this stability that we used as a starting point for the next generation telescoping rate meter, hoping to capture all that was good about the Telepole and leveraging Mirion's skill at innovation to fit customer needs and create a meter to take its place in a radiation worker's arsenal.

 

 

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At the crossroads of Security & Protection - Introducing the DMC 3000 PRD Module

Posted by Kasra Hagan on Sep 6, 2016 9:43:37 AM

Merging Roles

In previous explorations of Personal Radiation Detectors (PRDs) and their applications, we established the difference between detection devices for radiological security and those designed for radiation protection. Radiological security is focused on devices that can search out hidden or unexpected sources of radiation in order to prevent their proliferation, while radiation protection is primarily about providing the user with information about their exposure and the conditions in their vicinity so that they may alter their behavior to limit their accumulated dose. 

Mirion's new PRD Module for the DMC 3000 Personal Electronic Dosimeter combines these two typically distinct tasks. The wearer gains the benefit of a sophisticated piece of protective equipment in the form of an advanced electronic dosimeter, while also having a sensitive radiation search device at their disposal.

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Closing Notes and Thoughts on the 2016 Mirion Training & Benchmarking Seminar

Posted by Kasra Hagan on Aug 1, 2016 10:02:21 AM


Thanks Again for Joining Us For A 26th Time

 

The 26th Annual Mirion Training & Benchmarking Seminar is on the books, and it was easily one of the best conferences in a long tradition of memorable ones. The responsibility for this is unquestionably on the shoulders of our attendees, whose energy and eagerness to participate make putting a successful seminar together a much easier task. So we would like to again, and not for the last time, offer a sincere thanks to all our customers, partners, and more who attend the Training & Benchmarking Seminar every year and make it what it is.

 

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Get ready for the 26th Mirion Training & Benchmarking Seminar!

Posted by Kasra Hagan on Jul 7, 2016 4:01:04 PM

We are less than one Week away from the 2016 Mirion Training & Benchmarking Seminar


The time has come once again for our Annual Training & Benchmarking Seminar in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. The seminar is our annual showcase of new technologies and hands-on instrument training. More importantly, though, it is an excellent opportunity to bring together radiation safety experts and customers from all over the world and across many industries. It is an ideal setting for our attendees to exchange ideas, knowledge, and operating experiences from many types of radiation safety occupations. We've spent 26 years crafting and evolving this conference to be as useful and informative as possible, while also fostering the strong sense of community and continuity which makes the Mirion Training & Benchmarking Seminar such a success. 

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Mirion Technologies at the World Nuclear Exhibition 2016

Posted by Viviane Ely on May 26, 2016 1:06:27 PM


Mirion Technologies will be attending the WNE (World Nuclear Exhibition), June 28-30 in Paris. One of the premier gatherings focused on the global nuclear power industry, the WNE is an excellent opportunity to trade industry knowledge, attend training sessions, and discuss new trends and technologies.

 

Mirion Technologies will be exhibiting at booth G28/H23 – Hall 2 – under the French Pavilion.  Please stop by to take a look at a selection of new products, speak to our industry experts, and talk about Mirion's role in supporting a worldwide nuclear industry.

 

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On the Right Track: Portal Monitors Without False Alarms

Posted by Tobias Baer on May 20, 2016 6:09:35 AM


Identifying a Problem

 

Radiation screening portal monitors are one of the first lines of defense in protecting people and facilities from the spread of radioactive material. They are widely used in nuclear power plants, event security applications, customs and border crossings, as well as radiological emergency scenarios to scan pedestrians or vehicles for radiation.

 

 

Typical portal monitors, however, have a hard time distinguishing between radioactive materials passing through the portal, and radioactive materials present nearby but outside the portal.  Radiation detectors measure a response regardless of where the radiation originates. This fact leads to the potential for numerous false alarm conditions in the course of normal operation, which erodes confidence in the product. This can create either confusion or complacency for operators of a radiation security checkpoint.  

 

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Mirion's Smart Technology - New Techniques For Improving Contamination Screening

Posted by Francis Schulcz on Mar 30, 2016 3:48:49 PM

 

The Genesis of a Product Line

In nuclear power plants, tools, helmets, and other personal items used inside a Radiologically Controlled Area (RCA) can potentially become contaminated with radioactive material. Typically, identifying these objects at the boundary of the RCA is achieved using devices known as small or large object monitors.  Many plants have out-of-pocket policies requiring any and all items be screened prior to exiting the RCA. 

These monitors use a combination of sensitive detectors surrounded by shielding, in an effort to balance the needs of accurate detection while eliminating any extraneous background radiation measurements. 

In 2013, Electricité de France (EDF), the world's largest operator of nuclear power plants with 58 operating reactors in France alone, launched a public tender for a new generation of small object monitors which would progressively replace their current monitors, while gradually integrating newer monitoring technology. 

The objectives of this new technology include:

  • The ability to achieve lower alarm thresholds
  • Reduction in measurement times
  • Better adaptation to background conditions
  • The ability to be used in a variety of industrial environments


In addition to these requirements, EDF also requested additional optional features, such as categorization of contamination type and functional improvements with enhanced ergonomics.

 

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New Horizons for Electronic Dosimetry

Posted by Kasra Hagan on Mar 1, 2016 1:34:38 PM


 

Radiation Can Be a Problem For Space Travel

There isn't, by definition, much of anything in space. For the most part, it is this emptiness that causes problems for space travel. Lack of oxygen, lack of resources, lack of options for rescue or resupply if any number of things were to go wrong. Radiation, however, is one of the things that there isn't a lack of, and this in turn causes its own problems for anyone looking to live and work in space. Astronauts, either aboard the International Space Station (ISS) or any possible future space travel that takes us even further from our home planet, will have to contend with the problems caused by radiation in space. There is of course a concern about the general health effects of the increased exposure to radiation, and whether it is possible to effectively protect astronauts from this exposure, and thereby extend the boundaries of how far we can safely travel from Earth. 

 

The ISS docked with the shuttle Endeavor

 

In an effort to solve these problems, or at least accumulate more information about the dangers inherent from radiation in space, Mirion Technologies took part in the ESA Active Dosimetry (or EuCPAD (European Crew Personal Active Dosimeter)) program, headed by the European Space Agency (ESA) and with contributions from companies across Europe. Below we'll provide more information on the nature of the problems, the solution that was developed, its results so far, and what it may mean for the future.

 

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Confronting radiological security challenges with advanced detection solutions

Posted by Keith Spero on Nov 10, 2015 7:58:10 AM


Making the distinction - Radiation safety vs. radiological security

 

In general, radiation safety is the pursuit of localizing, quantifying and limiting exposure to known sources of radiation. For example, in nuclear power plants, isotope manufacturing, or medical applications it is a given that workers will be exposed to radiation as part of their job. It is each institution's radiation safety officer's job to minimize their workers' exposure to radiation throughout the course of performing their jobs. This is most commonly done with a combination of dosimetry to monitor personnel exposure and survey meters or area monitors measuring the boundaries and strength of the radioactive area.

However, a completely different mindset is required when radiological security becomes the primary concern. In this case, the motivation is detecting any unknown and potentially dangerous sources of radiation. These illicit sources may in fact be intentionally shielded or obscured to inhibit detection or mask a serious threat. The ultimate goal in radiation security is to intercept these sources and prevent them from passing into secure locations or into the vicinity of the public. Applications could vary from anything as commonplace as making sure sources at a smoke detector manufacturer don't accidentally leave the premises, or as vital as protecting a border from individuals trying to smuggle special nuclear material across. For these roles, more sensitive and specialized detectors are required.

It is this radiological security mindset that guided the development of Mirion's SPIR product line. Versatile, intelligent, and highly sensitive, they utilize a combination of sensitive detector technology, sophisticated algorithms and software to provide a comprehensive suite of radiological detection and identification products.  

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