Chemical Munitions ID System offers non-destructive analysis.

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Based on Trans-Spec-P high-purity germanium spectrometer, PINS3-CF safely detects and identifies chemicals inside thick steel containers and quickly determines whether or not chemicals pose hazard. Portable system provides non-destructive analysis using small neutron source to penetrate container. Designed to fit into single hardened, wheeled transport case to facilitate handling and shipping, PINS3-CF system can be operated by single user and can also be operated remotely.

Original Press Release:

ORTEC Launches PINS3-CF Portable Nondestructive Chemical Munitions and Weapons Identification System

Oak Ridge, TN —The ORTEC Products Group of AMETEK Advanced Measurement Technology announces the introduction of the PINS3-CF Portable Chemical Munitions Identification System. PINS 3-CF was developed to safely detect and identify chemicals inside thick steel containers or elsewhere and to quickly determine whether or not those chemicals pose a hazard. 

The PINS3-CF system provides nondestructive analysis using a small neutron source to penetrate a container.  At the heart of the system is an ORTEC portable Trans-Spec-P high-purity germanium spectrometer that measures for and identifies potentially hazardous chemicals using a special algorithm and software developed in partnership with Idaho National Labs (INL). 

“The PINS3-CF system is specifically designed around our new mechanically cooled Trans-Spec-P portable spectrometer,” notes Frank Vorwald, ORTEC Business Unit Manager. “The Trans-Spec-P allows our end users to accurately locate and identify a potential threat at its source, regardless if it is hidden inside a container or elsewhere.”

“The system is completely portable for missions that require an easy-to-use solution with high reliability and accuracy, without the required logistics and safety risk of managing and transporting liquid nitrogen coolants,” notes Vorwald.

The entire PINS3-CF system fits into a single hardened, wheeled transport case for easy handling and shipping to a location. It can be operated by a single user and is environmentally designed for low- or high-temperature operations.  It also can be operated remotely to allow users to position themselves and others at a safe distance from a potential threat.

More information on the PINS3-CF portable, nondestructive chemical munitions identification system can be downloaded at

ORTEC has more than 50 years of experience in the design and manufacture of highly sensitive radiation detectors used by government and industrial laboratories, nuclear facilities and medical research and in nuclear safeguards. ORTEC is the leading supplier of high-resolution HPGe-based radiation identifiers.

For more information, contact ORTEC Products Group, 801 South Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0895.  Telephone: 865-482-4411, Toll free: 800-251-9750. Fax: 865-483-0396. Website:

AMETEK’s ORTEC Products Group is a unit of AMETEK, Inc., a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annualized sales of $3.5 billion.

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