The use of M-Rays is an innovative alternative to applying conventional radioactive and nuclear measurement technologies. These conventional technologies require emission licenses since they typically use nuclear isotopes or high-voltage (>5kV) X-Ray tubes. They are not compatible with humans and the environment and governments therefore implement aggressive regulations or in some cases fase-out policies.
In the industry there are two common types of radiation based measurement concepts:
Beta radiation is emitted by a nuclear source, a radioactive isotope. The use of such a source requires specific licenses 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 a bit more sustainable than beta radiation, and they follow a sort of ‘on/off’ principle. When an X-ray system is switched off there is no radiation, making it a cleaner and safer alternative – however less accurate and providing a measurement output which significantly depends on the chemical compound being measured. X-ray technology is subject to a range of regulations and obligations.
The proprietary M-Ray thickness and basis-weight measuring technology of Hammer-IMS does not consist of sensors based on beta radiation or X-rays. At the core of our sustainable M-Ray technology are advanced printed circuit boards. Based on the combined experience accumulated over several decades, our R&D division develops our electronic M-Ray measurement sensors 100% in house. Our patented M-Ray technology is sustainable as it uses electromagnetic millimeter waves which are invisible and totally harmless.
As opposed to these typically unsustainable and high-TCO (total-cost-of-ownership) technologies, the M-Ray based measurement systems of Hammer-IMS require no emission licenses whatsoever. Therefore, the deployment and lifetime usage of the sustainable Hammer-IMS solutions result in a lower TCO. M-Rays are just as straightforward as the waves emitted by your cellphone. So M-Rays is yet another interesting application for radio waves!
Hammer-IMS has been around for quite some years and has built up a customer base in various industries. Currently, the sustainable, turnkey Hammer-IMS systems are operating at international nonwoven producers, textile coaters, manufacturers of plastic sheets and films, paper machine cloth companies, and a range of other materials.