Smiths Detection’s HI-SCAN 10080 XCT Explosives Detection System has become the first hold baggage screener to gain European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) Standard 3 regulatory approval for use with five different types of trays.
Trays — also known as totes — are used in most modern baggage handling systems to allow a smoother process, reducing bag jams and avoiding tracking losses. Major baggage handling systems suppliers, who place great importance on ECAC compliance, worked with Smiths Detection to achieve the certification. XCT now fulfills the highest detection requirements, even when used with trays for easier and cost efficient baggage handling.
The HI-SCAN 10080 XCT is the first system of its kind that combines widely used dual-energy X-ray technology with high-resolution 3D computer tomography. It was previously evaluated by ECAC, in accordance with Standard 3, in 2012 and is laboratory certified by the US Transportation Security Administration (TSA), fulfilling current regulatory requirements for the security inspection of checked baggage.
Operated at the highest belt speed of 0.5m/sec., the XCT can scan 50-65% more trays per hour than comparable equipment. This high throughput speeds inspection and improves airport efficiency, with fewer systems and less peripheral equipment required for integration into the baggage handling system.
Barrie Foley, Vice President EMEA Region of Smiths Detection, said: “Due to the significant operational advantages, more and more airports are expected to move to tote-based baggage handling systems in the future. Achieving ECAC Standard 3 approval for XCT with the five most common trays is a key milestone in helping our customers optimize operational performance and deliver a baggage handling system with a lower total cost of ownership.”
Smiths Detection offers advanced security solutions in civil and military markets worldwide, developing and manufacturing government-regulated technology products that help detect and identify explosives, chemical and biological agents, radiological and nuclear threats, weapons, narcotics and contraband.It is part of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying integrated, advanced technologies to markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications and engineered components.Smiths Group employs around 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.