9/6/2002 - Analogic announced that its new, state-of-the-art Computed Tomography (CT) manufacturing facility in Haverhill, Massachusetts, is ramping up production of its EXplosive Assessment Computed Tomography (EXACTTM) systems to help meet the range of security detection needs of the U.S. Government.
The EXACT is the world’s first dual-energy, helical-cone-beam, 24-slice CT scanner. It is the only security detection system in the world capable of generating data for full three-dimensional (3D) images of every object in a bag. The EXACT is the "heart" of L-3 Communications’ eXaminer 3DXTM 6000, the first second-generation Explosive Detection System (EDS) certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The eXaminer is being purchased by the government for installation at major U.S. airports to scan checked luggage for aircraft.
Transformation of the 200,000 square foot building began in late April. The new space was acquired to quickly ramp up EXACT production after receiving a major order from L-3 on April 3, 2002. With a concentrated effort by Analogic employees and contractors, the new facility was designed and implemented in under four months and is now fully functioning. EXACT production was transferred from the Peabody facility to the Haverhill factory in late July.
The lease and redesign of the new Haverhill facility was largely paid for with ramp-up funds from the U.S. Government. Believed to be the nation’s largest CT manufacturing facility, the site provides the locus for the manufacture, repair, and overhaul of security imaging equipment. It stands ready to be used as a center of activity by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to meet our country’s growing security needs now and for years to come.
Analogic is also planning to begin production of two different models of ARGUS EDS units in Haverhill later this year. The ARGUS systems are designed to meet the needs of smaller, regional airports, providing the same high level of reliability as the larger EDS machines with a lower throughput rate and at an appropriately lower cost.
Bernard M. Gordon, Chairman of the Board and CEO of Analogic Corporation, commented, "All EXACT shipments have been made precisely on time. The Company is on schedule to make and deliver 442 systems this calendar year. Our Haverhill factory has the potential to produce more CT systems for security applications than any other facility in the world."
Frank Vorwald, Vice President of Security Operations at Analogic, spearheaded the Haverhill effort. Vorwald noted, "Simultaneously preparing a new factory and executing a production ramp-up in under four months was a mammoth task. It has been a team effort, requiring extensive planning and a determined commitment from all involved. With the anniversary of 9-11 approaching, it’s gratifying to know Analogic technology is helping to ensure higher levels of security at our country’s airports."
The number of EXACT systems that might be ordered by the U.S. government in 2003 and beyond is not yet known. It is believed that the government might place additional orders for substantial numbers of the systems to be delivered during the next calendar year and that there is a significant pent-up demand for the scanners overseas, particularly in Europe and the Middle East, and in Canada.
Analogic Corporation is a leading designer and manufacturer of advanced health and security systems and subsystems sold to Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs). The Company is recognized worldwide for advancing the state of the art in Computed Tomography (CT), Digital Radiography (DR), Ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Patient Monitoring, Cardiovascular Information Management, and Embedded Multiprocessing.
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