AMERICAN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING INC

AMERICAN SCIENCE & ENGINEERING INC

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Company Overview
American Science & Engineering, Inc. (AS&E), headquartered in Billerica, Massachusetts, develops, manufactures, and markets x-ray inspection and other inspection solutions; and provides maintenance warranty, research, engineering, and training services related to these solutions. The company was formed in 1958 as a developer of scientific instruments and applications for NASA. In the following year, Dr. Ricardo Giacconi joined AS&E and created an x-ray astronomy team. Since then, this team has made successive pioneering discoveries and developments in the field of x-ray technology; thus making it a world-class provider of x-ray inspection systems.
AS&E specializes in detection technologies that can uncover dangerous and elusive threats, including explosives, plastic and metal weapons, and radioactive devices such as dirty bombs and nuclear weapons of mass destruction (WMD). AS&E systems also detect commonly smuggled goods such as drugs and alcohol. These x-ray systems are deployed worldwide at ports and borders, and military and high threat facilities. The company’s proprietary technologies include Z Backscatter, ParcelSearch, CargoSearch, SmartCheck, Shaped Energy, and Radioactive Threat Detection. The company has established a worldwide service and support organization which uses the latest CRM technology to keep its team members in touch, leveraging talents and expertise, and placing them wherever and whenever needed. The company also provides comprehensive cost-effective spare parts solutions customized to clients’ particular system and technical training that goes beyond the basics. Its extensive network of service and training representatives is available worldwide 24/7. AS&E ‘s quality management system is certified according to ISO 9001:2000 standard, which underscores the company’s commitment to quality.
AS&E’s manufacturing facility is located in Billerica, Massachusetts. The company’s customer base includes the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Department of Defense, Her Majesty’s Customs & Excise (U.K.), Hong Kong Customs, Royal Thai Police, New Zealand Customs, and Port of Sokhna (Egypt). The company sells its products through a network of dealers and distributors in the domestic and international markets.
Business Summary
American Science and Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) develops, manufactures, markets and sells x-ray inspection and other detection solutions for homeland security and other targeted markets. AS&E provides maintenance, warranty, research, engineering and training services related to these solutions. The Company manufactures x-ray inspection products that can be used to inspect parcels, baggage, vehicles, pallets, cargo containers and people. The Company sells its products throughout the world to a variety of customers, including authorities responsible for port and border security; military organizations; high-threat commercial and government facilities; aviation security agencies, and legal enforcement agencies. The Company’s products and services can be grouped into five different areas: CargoSearch Inspection Systems, Z Backscatter Systems, ParcelSearch and Personnel Screening Inspection Systems, Contract Research and Development, and Service and Support.
Description and history
American Science & Engineering, Inc. (AS&E) develops, manufactures, markets and sells x-ray inspection and other detection solutions for homeland security and other targeted markets. AS&E provides maintenance, warranty, research, engineering and training services related to these solutions. The Company manufactures x-ray inspection products that can be used to inspect parcels, baggage, vehicles, pallets, cargo containers and people. The Company sells its products throughout the world to a variety of customers, including authorities responsible for port and border security; military organizations; high-threat commercial and government facilities; aviation security agencies, and legal enforcement agencies. AS&E’s products are used by these customers to help combat terrorism, trade fraud, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling and illegal immigration. The Company’s products are also used for military force protection and general facility security. The Company’s products and services can be grouped into five different areas: CargoSearch Inspection Systems, Z Backscatter Systems, ParcelSearch and Personnel Screening Inspection Systems, Contract Research and Development, and Service and Support.

CargoSearch Inspection Systems

The CargoSearch family of systems includes non-intrusive inspection products, which are primarily used for the screening of trucks, cars, cargo containers, pallets and air cargo at locations, including border crossings, seaports, military bases, airports, and cargo and transportation hubs. The CargoSearch systems are designed to combat trade fraud, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling and terrorism. The CargoSearch family includes OmniView Gantry System, Z Portal System, Z Gantry System, Sentry Portal System and MobileSearch High-Energy (HE).

OmniView Gantry System is a multi-view, relocatable high-energy cargo and vehicle inspection system. This system combines six mega electron volt (MeV) high-energy transmission imaging and three Z Backscatter x-ray views for left, right and top-side imaging of cargo. The OmniView Gantry System utilizes AS&E’s Shaped Energy technology to penetrate densely loaded cargo containers. Shaped Energy shapes the high-energy spectrum to filter out non-essential radiation, making the system safe for operators and staff, and eliminating the need for extensive exclusion zones. High-energy six MeV transmission x-rays can penetrate 14 inches (35 centimeters) of steel or 8.5 feet (260 centimeters) of oil. The Z Backscatter images are suitable for the detection of organic or low Z materials, including explosives, drugs, alcohol, and tobacco that transmission x-rays alone can miss. The System’s multiple Z Backscatter views of the cargo improve detection while facilitating interpretation of the x-ray image. The OmniView Gantry System’s scanning platform operates by moving on rails over stationary vehicles and cargo. The system is bi-directional allowing for a throughput of approximately 25 trucks per hour. OmniView Gantry is suitable for ports, borders and high-threat facilities.

Z Portal System is a multi-view, high-throughput, drive-through inspection system capable of scanning cargo and vehicles for threats and contraband. The Z Portal System is available in two basic configurations: a large tunnel version for screening trucks, buses and cargo containers, and a small tunnel version for scanning passenger vehicles. The relocatable Z Portal System can be installed with one, two or three Z Backscatter x-ray modules, allowing for left, right and/or top-side imaging of the vehicle under examination. The images produced by the Z Portal System are suitable for the detection of organic materials, including explosives, drugs, alcohol, tobacco and stowaways. The Z Portal System is suitable for scanning vehicles at border crossings, high-threat facilities and other vehicle entry checkpoints. Z Gantry System is a multi-view Z Backscatter inspection system capable of scanning cars, vans, trucks, and their cargo for concealed threats and contraband in a gantry configuration. The relocatable Z Gantry System is configured with three Z Backscatter imaging modules, allowing a left, right, and top view of the vehicle under examination. The rail-mounted Z Gantry System moves over the top of stationary vehicles and cargo while scanning for threats and illegal goods, such as stowaways, explosives, drugs and alcohol.

Sentry Portal System is a high-throughput drive through transmission x-ray inspection system designed to screen cargo for security threats and contraband. The Sentry Portal System enables high-volume scanning while producing a transmission image able to penetrate 12 inches (300 millimeters) of steel, sufficient for the inspection of even densely loaded cargo containers. The system employs an advanced cargo sensing subsystem that begins scanning only after the cab has passed to maintain a safe environment for vehicle drivers. MobileSearch HE is a mobile inspection system for scanning trucks, cargo containers and vehicles, which utilizes both high-energy transmission imaging and Z Backscatter imaging for contraband and threat detection. MobileSearch HE’s transmission imaging offers penetration of up to 12 inches (300 millimeters) of steel while the complementary Backscatter imaging highlights organic materials for improved detection of explosives, drugs and other contraband. Together, transmission and Backscatter imaging provide information about the contents of the cargo. The system can be used as a conventional mobile cargo scanner that drives past vehicles or containers to be scanned or in Backscatter-only mode, which allows MobileSearch HE to scan oversized or oddly shaped cargo and to scan vehicles as they are driven past the system.

Z Backscatter Systems

The Company’s Z Backscatter Systems include single-sided imaging systems that use Z Backscatter imaging only. Z Backscatter Van (ZBV) is a mobile x-ray screening system built into a commercially available chassis. ZBV utilizes Z Backscatter x-ray technology to produce photo-like images of the contents of a vehicle or cargo container, highlighting organic materials, such as plastic explosives or other anomalies. With one-sided, backscatter-only imaging, security officials can use ZBV for screening vehicles, sea containers, and other cargo for terrorist threats, trade fraud and contraband, by driving past the objects. The ZBV can be equipped with radioactive threat detection (RTD) capability. With RTD, the ZBV can produce Z Backscatter images for general screening while simultaneously scanning the object for the presence of radioactive material. The ZBV is available on a variety of chassis in several versions, including a militarized trailer configuration (ZBV Mil Trailer) that is designed for use by the United States Military.

ParcelSearch and Personnel Screening Inspection Systems

ParcelSearch systems are designed for the non-intrusive, x-ray scanning of parcels, baggage and mail. These systems are primarily located in government facilities, airports, commercial office buildings, high-security federal facilities and convention centers. Gemini System is a parcel and baggage inspection system, which combines AS&E’s Z Backscatter technology with dual-energy transmission x-ray to provide enhanced detection for a range of threats. Dual-energy transmission is suitable for the detection of threats, such as guns and knives, and for identifying wires and other components of improvised explosive devices (IEDs). Z Backscatter imaging provides enhanced detection of organic materials, such as explosives and narcotics, which may be missed by transmission-only systems in cluttered baggage. In addition, the complementary photo-like Z Backscatter image helps security officers to interpret images, thus reducing analysis time. The Gemini system is offered in a range of tunnel sizes to suit a range of customer applications.

SmartCheck System is a personnel screening system for the screening for contraband and threats hidden under a person’s clothing. The SmartCheck system simultaneously detects both metallic and non-metallic objects, such as guns and knives, plastic explosives, liquid explosives, composite weapons, drugs and other hidden threats and contraband. SmartCheck’s Z Backscatter image gives the operator a display of where the threat or contraband is hidden, thus eliminating the need for intrusive and strip searches. The SmartCheck system employs advanced image processing algorithms to enhance privacy, while maintaining a high level of threat detection.

Contract Research and Development

AS&E engages in a variety of contract research and development programs, mostly for agencies of the United States Government. AS&E pursues contract research and development opportunities, which provide avenues for advancing its core technologies or developing product offerings for customers or markets.

Service and Support

The Company’s field service engineers (FSEs) provide support services worldwide. FSEs are available round-the-clock, and are located at AS&E sites in Asia, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and North America. In addition, technical support is provided at the Company’s headquarters in Billerica, Massachusetts. AS&E provides spare parts solutions customized for each system. The Company maintains an inventory of field-replaceable components in various depots worldwide in order to meet customer needs for spare parts. AS&E provides technical training on all x-ray inspection systems. Its instructors specialize in threat detection techniques and employ both classroom theory and hands-on training to help clients to use AS&E equipment. Technical training is included with each system sale and additional training for service and maintenance training, and other customized training courses are provided aftermarket to interested customers.

Formed as a developer of scientific instruments and applications for NASA

Business Line
Develops, manufactures, and markets x-ray inspection and other inspection solutions; and provides maintenance warranty, research, engineering, and training services related to these solutions
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Advisor
CATURANO & CO., P.C.
IPO date
9/7/1984
US SIC Code
3844
Company Address
829, Middlesex Turnpike

City province or state postal code
01821, BILLERICA, MA
Phone: +1 978 262 8700
Fax: +1 978 262 8804
Country address: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Website url: www.as-e.com