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Varian, PARC Receive
Security System Funding
Varian Medical Systems, Inc. and the
Palo Alto Research Center (PARC) have been awarded a $5.87 million federal grant to develop ultra-sensitive X-ray inspection technology for cargo screen- ing at airports and seaports. The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of
Commerce, as part of the National
Institute of Standards and Technology's
Advanced Technology Program.
Scientists at the two institutions, which have successfully collaborated in the past to develop flat-panel X-ray detectors for medical applications, will now work to develop large-area, high- resolution digital X-ray sensor arrays for cone-beam computerized tomography (CT). These new large-area detectors, when paired with high-energy X-ray sources such as Varian's Linatron linear accelerators, will enable technicians to ©SAILOR examine the contents of a cargo contain- er more quickly and thoroughly. "The goal is to develop cost-effective methods for making flat-panel sensor arrays that are many times larger than those used for medical imaging," said
Michael Green, technical manager for the project and senior scientist at
Varian's Ginzton Technology Center, the company's research and development organization.
Both Varian and PARC, a subsidiary of
Xerox, are investing additional resources into this research project. "This is a complex, multidisciplinary effort that would be difficult for any one company to complete on its own," said
Robert Street, PARC senior research fel- low and project principal investigator. "Without the ATP funding, the develop-
Increased safety at sea
With AIS on board, safety related navigation- al information can be received automatically from other AIS equipped vessels or base stations.
According to the International Maritime
Organisation (IMO) all SOLAS vessels are to install AIS transponders between the years 2002 and 2004 according to pre-defined deadlines for different categories of vessels.
Visit the SAILOR website for detailed infor- mation on AIS installation deadlines.
Among the features are: • IMO compliance: Class A UAIS transponder and KDU (Keyboard Display Unit) • Wheelmark Approved • Ruggedized design for the maritime environment • User friendly graphical and alphanumerical presentation • Flexible interfaces ©SAILOR
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Wartsila to Concentrate on Marine and Service
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Wartsila recently completed the first part of the business analysis launched at the end of July, an analy- sis which was launched to help refo- cus the corporation on markets athat weill help the company reach its tar- geted operating margin of 7-8% is to be reached by the end of 2005. The group will seek future growth in the area of ship power and service.
Wartsila has secured significant power plant orders in recent weeks.
The total order book of the Power
Divisions at the end of August was $1.7 million which was 14% higher than a year ago. The demand in the market, however, is clearly lower than the capacity available in the
Group, which is why the capacity will be adapted and the number of employees reduced accordingly.
Wartsila to reduce the production of high-speed engines
In its present form the high-speed engine business has not met the expectations. Wartsila is therefore planning to discontinue the produc- tion of the Wartsila 200 and 220SG engines in Mulhouse, France. The manufacturing of special products will continue in Surgeres. Wartsila
France will be stepped up as a serv- ice company and will continue to provide service for the customers of the high-speed engines as earlier.
Wartsila announced last month its intent to start a cooperation with
Volvo regarding service and sales of
Volvo Penta marine engines. In 2002
Wartsila's net sales were $2.8 billion and the number of employees 12,500. 22 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News