Chemical Weapons Identification
Portable Isotopic Neutron Spectroscopy (PINS) Systems have been deployed world-wide since their introduction 10 years ago; increasingly, being deployed as part of national counter-terrorist efforts. PINS provides a non-contact and non-destructive means of identifying the CHEMICAL contents of "suspect" packages.
PINS, an R&D 100 award-winning technology, was originally developed to identify the contents of old munitions suspected of containing chemical agents. It is important to note that, while the PINS technique is nuclear, the purpose, that of chemical composition determination, is NON-nuclear.
The latest generation miniPINS is easier to use, smaller, lighter and an improved format made possible by improvements in software and in new digital electronics.
In-field measurements require portability, reliability, and ease of use. The performance of the ORTEC PINS and the latest miniPINS systems, has been verified in real-world use by the U.S. Army, which has successfully identified, in the field, hundreds of suspect munitions from burial sites and firing ranges. PINS readily and clearly distinguished between cylinders containing high explosives, cylinders containing blister agents and others filled with nerve gas.
Recent international events have demonstrated the value of having such an instrument in the fight against terrorism. PINS systems have been deployed in support of a variety of security operations at more than 40 sites in the U.S.A. and elsewhere.
PINS technology undergoes continuous developmental improvement under a collaborative agreement between ORTEC and Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory, U.S.A. (INEEL).1
In more than ten years of deployment, PINS systems have been used extensively world wide, often in classified applications, by military and counter-terrorist organizations. Many demonstrations of PINS technology have taken place. Selected user names are available on request.