Patents Assigned to Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
  • Patent number: 7999541
    Abstract: A method for analysing a chemical substance containing quadrupolar nuclei to determine a measurable characteristic of the substance. The method includes irradiating the substance with RF energy in a prescribed manner to stimulate NQR of certain quadrupolar nuclei within the substance. Then receiving and processing a signal emitted from the substance to isolate an NQR signal therefrom. Thereafter analysing the NQR signal to obtain a measure of the characteristic of the substance; and providing an output indicative of the measure for analytical purposes. Specific methods for analysing a chemical substance during production thereof to determine a characteristic of the substance indicative of the quality thereof, and for searching for chemicals together with specific systems are also described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 16, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Warrick Paul Chisholm, Laurence Drew Mann, Timothy Rayner, John Alec Sidney Smith
  • Patent number: 7995705
    Abstract: The inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2011
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Allman, Andreas F. Kotowski
  • Patent number: 7991113
    Abstract: The present specification discloses a readily relocatable X-ray imaging system for inspecting the contents of vehicles and containers, and a method for using the same. The system is relatively small in size, and is used for inspecting commercial vehicles, cargo containers, and other large objects. The X-ray imaging system has a substantially arch-shaped collapsible frame with an X-ray source and detectors disposed thereon. The frame is preferably collapsible via a plurality of hinges and may be deployed into an X-ray imaging position, and collapsed into a transport position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 2, 2011
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Carver, Andreas F. Kotowski
  • Publication number: 20110116599
    Abstract: The invention provides a method and system for scanning an object comprising providing a first detector region having a thickness of at least 2 mm and a second detector region having a thickness of at least 5 mm wherein the second detector region is arranged to receive radiation that has passed through the first detector region. The method comprises irradiating the object with radiation having a peak energy of at least 1 MeV, and detecting the first profile radiation after it has interacted with or passed through the object in order to provide information relating to the object. Detecting the first profile radiation comprises detecting the first profile radiation at the first detector region, receiving the first profile radiation that has passed through the first detector region at the second detector region, and detecting the first profile radiation at the second detector region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 25, 2009
    Publication date: May 19, 2011
    Applicant: RAPISCAN SECURITY PRODUCTS, INC.
    Inventor: Edward James Morton
  • Patent number: 7720195
    Abstract: The inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 18, 2010
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Allman, Andreas F. Kotowski
  • Patent number: 7702069
    Abstract: X-ray security inspection machine (10) comprising an X-ray tunnel (40); a conveyor means (50) for conveying an article through the tunnel; an X-ray source for irradiating the article; and an X-ray detection means for detecting X-rays transmitted through the article. In one aspect, the detection means comprises a photodetector array module (20) actuatable between a first stowed configuration and a second deployed configuration. In a second aspect, the detection means comprises a first unit having a first photodetector array (22); and a second unit, having a second photodetector array (24), offset with respect to the first unit. The units are moveable relative to one another between a first arrangement where the arrays overlap to a first degree and a second arrangement where they overlap to a second, lower degree; preferably zero. Also, a conveyor belt-tracking device (100) comprising a guide frame (104) to receive the conveyor belt (116) and substantially to restrict its motion to a predetermined direction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2010
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Baljinder Singh Panesar, Douglas R. Gillard-Hickman
  • Patent number: 7660388
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards apparatuses and methods for securing a location. Particularly, the present invention is directed towards methods, apparatuses, and integrated systems for the screening of individual passengers and their corresponding carry-on baggage carts with improved throughput, efficiency, and quality. In addition, the current invention is directed towards a carry-on baggage cart specifically designed for the disclosed integrated carry-on baggage cart and passenger screening system of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: February 9, 2010
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Gray
  • Patent number: 7579845
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved scanning process having microwave arrays comprised of microwave transmitters in radiographic alignment with microwave receivers. The microwave array emits controllably directed microwave radiation toward an object under inspection. The object under inspection absorbs radiation in a manner dependent upon its metal content. The microwave radiation absorption can be used to generate a measurement of metal content. The measurement, in turn, can be used to calculate at least a portion of the volume and shape of the object under inspection. The measurement can be compared to a plurality of predefined threats. The microwave screening system is used in combination with other screening technologies, such as NQR-based screening, X-ray transmission based screening, X-ray scattered based screening, or Computed Tomography based screening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 25, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian R. Peschmann, Kenneth Robert Mann
  • Patent number: 7526064
    Abstract: The present invention is a cargo inspection system, employing a radiation source, capable of scanning vehicles and/or cargo in a wide range of sizes, including conventional imaging areas as well as taller and bulkier enclosures at sufficiently optimal efficacy and overall throughput. In one embodiment, the present invention is a multiple pass inspection method for inspecting vehicles and their cargo, comprising a first pass scan, wherein said first pass scan includes moving a radiation source at a suitable scanning distance, rotating a radiation source at a suitable scanning angle, and moving said radiation source along an object under inspection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 4, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Alan Akery
  • Patent number: 7519148
    Abstract: The inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Kotowski, Neeraj Agrawal, Andreas Pfander
  • Patent number: 7517149
    Abstract: The inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Neeraj Agrawal, Andreas F. Kotowaki
  • Patent number: 7505557
    Abstract: A method and system for using Threat Imaging Projection (TIP) technology, and the operator testing data that it generates, in order to certify x-ray inspection system operators and thereby assure an acceptable and uniform level of operator performance. In a preferred configuration, the operator views x-ray images of objects on a screening system equipped with TIP technology. When the operator believes that a threat item image appears on the screening system, the operator indicates such via an indicating means. The system is capable of recording, storing and transmitting individual operator performance data relating to proper detections, missed detections, and false alarms, i.e., when an operator indicates that a threat item image appears when no such image actually appears on the screening system. The system preferably contains a library of various threat item images, e.g., guns, bombs, knives, etc., which are classified according to type of threat and difficulty of detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Modica, Khai Le, Phong Nguyen
  • Patent number: 7486768
    Abstract: The inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2004
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Allman, Andreas F. Kotowski
  • Patent number: 7483510
    Abstract: A readily relocatable X-ray imaging system for inspecting the contents of vehicles and containers, and a method for using the same. In a preferred embodiment, the system is relatively small in size, and is used for inspecting commercial vehicles, cargo containers, and other large objects. The X-ray imaging, system comprises a substantially arch-shaped collapsible frame having an X-ray source and detectors disposed thereon. The frame is preferably collapsible via a plurality of hinges disposed thereon. A deployment means may be attached to the frame for deploying the frame into an X-ray imaging position, and for collapsing the frame into a transport position. The collapsible X-ray frame may remain stationary during X-ray imaging while a vehicle or container is driven through or towed through an inspection area defined under the frame. Alternatively, the collapsible X-ray frame may be movable relative to a stationary vehicle or container during X-ray imaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 5, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 27, 2009
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: James Carver, Andreas F. Kotowski
  • Patent number: 7471764
    Abstract: It is an object of the present invention to provide a radiation inspection system, such as an X-ray system, that can operate efficiently even in inclement weather conditions while being highly mobile. Thus the improved inspection system of the present invention is capable of operating in high temperature and corrosive environments and is designed to withstand moisture, dirt and/or dust from the articles of inspection as well.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Bryan Kaval
  • Patent number: 7417440
    Abstract: The present invention provides for an improved scanning process having microwave arrays comprised of microwave transmitters in radiographic alignment with microwave receivers. The microwave array emits controllably directed microwave radiation toward an object under inspection. The object under inspection absorbs radiation in a manner dependent upon its metal content. The microwave radiation absorption can be used to generate a measurement of metal content. The measurement, in turn, can be used to calculate at least a portion of the volume and shape of the object under inspection. The measurement can be compared to a plurality of predefined threats. The microwave screening system can be used in combination with other screening technologies, such as NQR-based screening, X-ray transmission based screening, X-ray scattered based screening, or Computed Tomography based screening.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Kristian R. Peschmann, Kenneth Robert Mann
  • Patent number: 7418077
    Abstract: The present invention is directed towards apparatuses and methods for securing a location. Particularly, the present invention is directed towards methods, apparatuses, and integrated systems for the screening of individual passengers and their corresponding carry-on baggage carts with improved throughput, efficiency, and quality. In addition, the current invention is directed towards a carry-on baggage cart specifically designed for the disclosed integrated carry-on baggage cart and passenger screening system of the present invention.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 1, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2008
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Stephen J. Gray
  • Patent number: 7369643
    Abstract: The inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 12, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Andreas Kotowski, Neeraj Agrawal, Andreas Pfander
  • Patent number: 7366282
    Abstract: This invention is directed towards finding, locating, and confirming threat items and substances. The inspection system is designed to detect objects that are made from, but not limited to, special nuclear materials (“SNM”) and/or high atomic number materials. The system employs advanced image processing techniques to analyze images of an object under inspection (“OUI”), which includes, but is not limited to baggage, parcels, vehicles and cargo, and fluorescence detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 15, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 29, 2008
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventor: Kristian R. Peschmann
  • Patent number: 7322745
    Abstract: The inspection methods and systems of the present invention are mobile, rapidly deployable, and capable of scanning a wide variety of receptacles cost-effectively and accurately on uneven surfaces. The present invention is directed toward a portable inspection system for generating an image representation of target objects using a radiation source, comprising a mobile vehicle, a detector array physically attached to a movable boom having a proximal end and a distal end. The proximal end is physically attached to the vehicle. The invention also comprises at least one source of radiation. The radiation source is fixedly attached to the distal end of the boom, wherein the image is generated by introducing the target objects in between the radiation source and the detector array, exposing the objects to radiation, and detecting radiation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2008
    Assignee: Rapiscan Security Products, Inc.
    Inventors: Neeraj Agrawal, Andreas F. Kotowaki