AWE invents system to monitor radioactivity in air

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A company that manufactures nuclear warheads for the Ministry of Defence is taking a new product global.

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) has designed a new system that provides dramatically improved performance in checking radioactivity levels in the air.

It has teamed up with a global leader in the radiation detection equipment field, Lab Impex Systems, to manufacture and sell the equipment worldwide.

“These latest developments significantly increase the sensitivity and responsiveness of the Continuous Air Monitoring system,” said AWE managing director Andrew Jupp. “Thus safeguarding the health and safety of our people, the community and the environment which is at the heart of everything we do.”

AWE maintains the warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent.

And this programme led to the development of the innovative CAM system for use in civil nuclear applications by Lab Impex Systems.

“The system monitors whether radioactivity is below a safe level,” said Morgan Jones, who invented the systems alongside Graham Auld.

“If it isn’t, an alarm sounds so people can take appropriate action.

“This monitor was required for our AWE programme but the spin-off from this work can provide wider benefit throughout the nuclear industry.”

Chris Palmer, Lab Impex Systems’ managing director, said: “We are confident the AWE innovation will be a success worldwide adding further capabilities to our Air Monitoring family of products.”

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