The use of M-Rays is an innovative alternative to conventional radioactive and nuclear measurement technologies. These technologies require emission licenses since they typically use high-voltage (>5kV) X-Ray systems or nuclear systems, which are gradually being phased out by governments.
In the industry there are two common types of radio elements can be distinguished:
Beta radiation is emitted by a nuclear source, a radioactive isotope. The use of such a source requires specific licences and is subject to taxation. There is also significant legislation to comply with when using radioactive sources – focusing on the safety of the users and their surrounding.
X-ray sensors are cleaner, and follow a sort of ‘on-uit’ principle. When an X-ray system is switched off there is no radiation, making it a cleaner and safer alternative – however less accurate. X-ray technology is subject to a range of regulations and obligations.
As opposed to these typically unclean and high-TCO (total-cost-of-ownership) technologies, the M-Ray based measurement systems of Hammer-IMS require no emission licenses whatsoever. M-Rays are harmless because they are non-radioactive and non-nuclear. As a result, the deployment and lifetime usage of Hammer-IMS solutions represent a lower TCO because no emission-related licenses, training, protection, safety, etc. are needed.
As the M-Ray technology is mature, Hammer-IMS is ready to replace conventional radioactive and nuclear measuring systems. Currently, turnkey Hammer-IMS systems are operating at international paper producers and manufacturers of plastic sheets and films, composites and a range of other materials.