Guest OpEd by Jason Wakefield, the Sales Director at Todd Research
The restrictions on movement and cancellation of many events caused by the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus means that, in many cases, X-ray security scanners have been dormant throughout the pandemic.
Todd Research, one of the UK’s leading experts in X-ray security technology, is recommending a thorough health check for X-ray scanners that have been standing unused for long periods, as well as providing guidance on what to consider before a scanner is switched on again.
X-ray scanners are designed to be in constant operation and, if they are turned off for a long time, a variety of problems can arise, such as damage to critical components.
This is why Todd Research is offering a specialized service for these instruments, including a thorough regeneration check, routine maintenance and safety checks on radiation levels, irrespective of the make and model of the scanner.
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The company has also created a five-point checklist that will help users to ensure their X-ray machines continue to be used safely and effectively, in accordance with current regulations.
The service and checklist are especially important where scanners have been moved during the lockdown, for example during refurbishing, and could have potentially been damaged.
For example, it is a legal requirement under the US FDA regulations to perform a critical examination following the relocation of an X-ray scanner.
There may also have been a significant turnover of staff following the pandemic, and this is a very important consideration because users must have appropriate, up-to-date training and certification to operate scanners correctly.
Todd Research can also provide comprehensive training if this is the case, whether that is for a designated radiation supervisor, or to give specialist operators the necessary skills for intelligent suspect package recognition and subsequent risk management.
Contact Todd Research at https://toddresearch.co.uk/ to find out more about servicing and training for your X-ray machine, or check out the blog at https://toddresearch.co.uk/how-to-effectively-wake-up-your-x-ray-machine-after-a-long-sleep/.
About the author
Jason Wakefield is the Sales Director at Todd Research, and has been with the company for 10 years. For further inforamtion he can be reached at jason.wakefield@ToddResearch.co.uk.
Founded in 1950, Todd Research has a proud history of designing, manufacturing and supplying X-ray scanners, metal detectors and blast suppression equipment across a diverse range of public and private market channels.
With a highly-skilled team focusing on research and development, the company provides innovative solutions that suit the specific requirements of every customer they work with.
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