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BNC announces the fist handheld wand metal and radiation detector

Berkeley Nucleonics (San Rafael, CA) -- Berkeley Nucleonics is announcing the first Dual/Detection metal and radiation detection handheld wand for personnel and package inspections. The Model MetRad 1 opens a new class of instrumentation, meeting both the ANSI N42.32 requirements for Personal Radiation Detectors (PRDs) and offering conventional metal detection for law enforcement and first responders.  The MetRad 1 can quickly locate hidden metallic objects, weapons or clandestine radioactive sources in seconds.

Berkeley Nucleonics, a recognized leader in handheld technology for law enforcement, designed the new scanner to allow users to reduce the number of devices required to perform security task. The familiar shape and alarm indicators avoid unnecessary panic or concern should a benign medical radiation alarm trigger. Additionally, with the scanning operation common with metal-only wand scanners, the user can achieve excellent geometry with respect to any illicit nuclear source. The proximity of the detector to the source is ‘extremely relevant’ to fast identification of nuclear materials, so moving the wand close to the target provides an exponentially greater chance of interdiction.

“Our MetRad 1 is an intuitive handheld metal detector with added capability to detect and locate radioactive substances in scanned objects and personnel. I expect the new class of instrumentation will substantially reduce clearance times, lower the total number of instruments required at checkpoints and expand security measures at large public events”, remarks an excited Allan Gonzalez, Nuclear Products Manager for the company. “It’s gratifying to reduce the overload of detection gear our law enforcement colleagues are often required to deploy.”

The company has introduced a new, highly sensitive, large volume gamma detector which is coupled with ruggedized, low power electronics (SiPM) to ensure long uninterrupted use. The alarm system offers different color LEDs for various alarm types and can be quickly silenced when situational conditions warrant. The COTS battery (standard 9V) offers 500 hours of continuous use and the IP65 packaging rating ensures indoor/outdoor operation in rain or snow. An internal charging circuit allows users who wish to keep units in a charging station to use standard AC Line Power to charge their units in between shifts.

New users of the MetRad 1 can benefit as well from the Berkeley Nucleonics suite of AIH and CHP accredited training programs. Our web-based, classroom and field exercises are ideal for users new to the radiation detection field or users tasked with developing protocols using a suite of various instruments and technical personnel. Courses are offered on a regional basis and on-site as required by customers. 

For more information on the MetRad 1 or other tools for Law Enforcement and Nuclear Detection, see the company website or call 800-234-7858.

About the Manufacturer -

Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation (BNC) is a leading manufacturer of precision electronic instrumentation for test, measurement, and nuclear research and industry. BNC has its corporate headquarters in San Rafael, California with additional manufacturing facilities and sales offices located throughout the United States and Europe. Founded in 1963, BNC is a recognized leader in the field of isotope identification and conducts hundreds of short courses on radiation detection and isotope identification for Federal, State and private agencies.


Keywords: PRDs, Radiation Pagers, Metal Detectors, Radiation/Metal Detectors, Radiation Frisker, First Responder Gamma/Metal Detector, Nuclear Frisker


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Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation in partnership with StemRad Ltd. proudly announce The 360 Gamma Radiation Shield

Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation (BNC) is excited to announce a new distribution partnership with StemRad Ltd., an Israeli company founded in 2011. StemRad Ltd. specializes in revolutionary radiation protection equipment. This partnership will marry innovative, groundbreaking technology in radiation protection with BNC’s 50+ years of industry experience in radiation detection and isotope identification.

The 360 Gamma, StemRad’s flagship product, is a wearable radiation shield, which protects the bone marrow production sites in the hip bones where vulnerable and crucial stem cells reside. Its ergonomic design makes it perfect for military forces, first responders, HAZMAT teams and even astronauts, ensuring essential stem cells are protected without compromising mission objectives. A new and critically important protection for power plant emergency personnel or first responders in an era of increasing nuclear concerns and the rise of worldwide nuclear proliferation, the 360 Gamma provides an advanced solution to survive exposure to gamma radiation for hours. Unlike other whole body radiation protection equipment, the 360 Gamma focuses on only shielding the core of the body. This allows the 360 Gamma to significantly lower the total weight while increasing the effectiveness of the protection received. “BNC is excited to add the 360 Gamma to its extensive line of Radiation Detection and Identification equipment portfolio. Nothing in the industry exists with this level of protection, potentially saving workers from radiation sickness while allowing longer hours of life-saving tasks.” states Alex Palm, VP of Sales.


Learn More about Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation

Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation is a leading manufacturer of precision electronic instrumentation for test, measurement and nuclear research. BNC has its corporate headquarters in San Rafael, California with several additional manufacturing facilities and sales offices located throughout the United States. Founded in 1963, BNC is a recognized leader in innovative electronics for a broad range of demanding applications. Exciting new products planned for 2018 include USB-driven Digital Delay/Pulse Generators, RF Spectrum Analyzers, 26 GHz Signal Generators, Phase Noise Test Systems and Combined Gamme / Metal Detection handhelds. Learn more at or on BNC TV on YouTube.

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Berkeley Nucleonics Radiation Detection Devices Get First Readings From Japan

Our colleagues in Japan are on the ground measuring Gamma Radation using the like of Berkeley Nucleonics PRDs and Isotope Identifiers. We are please to report that the background levels are still normal as of March 23, 2011 8:00AM PST.

(PRWeb March 25, 2011)

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Berkeley Nucleonics Completes Shipment of Radiation Detectors to Mizuno Pharmacy, Tokyo Japan

Berkeley Nucleonics shipped PRD units to Mizuno Pharmacy in Tokyo today in an effort to advise patients and clinical staff about fallout concerns after a reactor incident at Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant. The PRD from Berkeley Nucleonics measures dose rates, counts per second and accumulated dose, making it useful for a wide range of applications.

(PRWeb March 23, 2011)

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CRT Display Provides Vital Measurement Step in Transient Digitizer

Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation, an instrumentation pioneer since 1963, is introducing the world’s fastest transient digitizer for the scientific market. The Model 1150 will measure single-shot pulse events down to 50 ps at a maximum input voltage of 2000 volts.

(PRWeb March 21, 2011)

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Nuclear Isotope Identifier for Gamma and Neutron Improves GPS Resolution

Earlier this month at the Waste Management 2011 conference in Phoenix, AZ, Berkeley Nucleonics introduced a new, faster operating system that allows real-time characterization of large plots of land for nuclear remediation with sub-meter GPS resolution.

(PRWeb March 18, 2011)

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Berkeley Nucleonics sends Personal Radiation Detectors to Japan

As news crews from NBC News head to Japan to report on the difficult situation following last weeks earthquake and tsunami, they will be equipped with state-of-the-art radiation detection devices from Berkeley Nucleonics, a manufacturer of nuclear detection systems in California.

(PRWeb March 16, 2011)

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Time Interval Counter with 1 Picosecond Single-Shot Accuracy

Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation is excited to introduce the Model 1120 Time Interval Counter (TIC). The Model 1120 represents a breakthrough in signal measurement with 1pS resolution on a single-shot. For repetitive waveforms, the jitter is typically 10 ps. The start and stop inputs allow for a wide dynamic threshold range and as well as slope select.

(PRWeb March 14, 2011)

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New Blue Light Pulse Generator at 405 NM

Berkeley Nucleonics is introducing the new Model 040 Light Pulse Generator. The new module leverages state of the art laser chip production and efficient packaging techniques to deliver 10mW of calibrated light pulses at 405nm.

(PRWeb November 03, 2010)

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Berkeley Nucleonics Model 575 - AT45-High Voltage - 45 Volt Pulses with Fast Risetimes

This new output stage for the Model 575 Digital Delay / Pulse Generator increases max pulse amplitudes to 45V. The company has used modern circuitry to achieve these higher voltages with the same pulse generator architecture, resulting in a low cost for the dual channel output stage.

(PRWeb August 16, 2010)

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