Smiths Detection’s next-generation trace explosives detector wins ECAC approval

Smiths Detection’s newly launched IONSCAN 600, a non-radioactive, portable explosives detector, has gained a key approval from the ECAC (European Civil Aviation Conference) Management Group.

ECAC ruled that the IONSCAN 600 meets the ETD (Explosives Trace Detection) EU standard for passenger and cargo checkpoint screening and is the first UK-built detector to pass the rigorous testing protocol which sets standards for the performance of security equipment throughout the EU.

Barrie Foley, Vice President EMEA, Smiths Detection, said: “This is a major milestone for the IONSCAN 600, so soon after its launch. ECAC approval provides reassurance to our EU customers and beyond that the IONSCAN 600 meets the rigorous EU Standard for both passenger and cargo checkpoint screening.”

Its portable design, combined with ease-of-use, reduces the cost and time of screening for all explosives.The 600 version’sbreakthrough feature is a proprietary non-radioactive Ion Mobility Spectrometry (IMS) source which eliminates the need for special licensing, handling or disposal requirements. This significantly reduces the administrative and compliance burden for customers.

Weighing just 23 lbs (10.4 kg), the IONSCAN 600 is equipped with a built-in handle, making it easy to carry. Its hot-swappable batteries provide continued sampling and analysis capability, allowing it to be moved while still in use. Low cost, single-use sampling swabs dramatically reduce operator costs.

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.