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BETA-GAMMA HAND, FOOT & CLOTHING MONITOR (g.m.based) [ Type : BM731 ]  
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  Beta-Gamma Hand, Foot & Clothing Monitor

Beta-Gamma Hand, Foot & Clothing Monitor BM731 manufactured by NUCLEONIX SYSTEMS primarily serve as a personnel monitoring system for checking the contamination of hands, foot & clothing of radiation worker / technicians working in Nuclear Power Plants, reactors, Radiochemical plants and other similar installations.

This instrument has been developed using state of art ARM7 based SBC working on embedded Linux platform. GUI & multi-lingual user interface & corresponding voice messages are facilitated by a colour TFT monitor & a stereo sound device.

Guidance to the user during monitoring is in the form of colour graphic monitor for left / right hand / foot & status indications during monitoring & at the end of monitoring are a unique feature for Nucleonix systems make.

Advanced fault diagnostic features facilitate the user to diagnose the problem easily. Also provision for faulty channel bypassing feature has been provided. RS485 & Ethernet communication interfaces using MODBUS protocols facilitate remote monitoring, configuration & fault diagnostics.

Each Hand & Foot detector assembly shown in figure is modular in construction with two detectors plugged onto a single detector socket box, facilitating easy maintenance incase of problems.

Features

  • Developed using state of art ARM7 based SBC working on embedded Linux platform and FPGA technologies.
  • Provided with a 7 ½” colour TFT display for graphical & multi-lingual user interface during measurement mode. Voice & visual languages supported - English, Hindi, Tamil & Marathi.
  • Uses Long Sensitive G.M Detectors for Hand, Foot & Clothing detector assemblies.
  • Uses I/O interface is through a detachable keypad & colour TFT display.
  • Built-in RS485 & Ethernet interface using MODBUS protocols allow centralized monitoring and fault diagnostics.
  • Monitor design ensures continuous maintenance free operation in harsh atmospheric conditions in Radiochemical plants.
  • Designed in accordance to IEC61098 performance specification for personnel monitors.
  • Built-in fault diagnostics for fault location or bypassing.
Specifications

The Beta Gamma Hand, Foot and clothing monitor comprises of a set of detectors and an electronic unit.

DETECTORS:

A) Hand probes:
Number of monitoring channels: 4 (Right hand upper & lower, Left hand upper & lower).
Detector type : Halogen quenched Long Sensitive G.M. detectors.
Detector Wall Material : 40 - 60 mg/cm2
Detection Efficiency : 4 - 5% for Beta Gamma over complete detector area for each face of the hand with Sr90 phantom source.
Probe Construction : Each channel uses 2 G.M. detectors. The detectors are provided with Lead shielding of 25 mm thickness to keep the background counts below 100 counts in 20 secs. counting time. They are fabricated and fitted in the instrument so that they can be detached easily for maintenance.
Sensitive Area. : 300 sq. cm.
Protection Grill : The whole detector assembly is protected by a suitable thin metallic grill.
Detector dimensions and performance conforms to IEC 61098 specifications.

B) Foot probes:
Number of monitoring channels: 2 (Right foot and Left foot).
Detector type : Halogen quenched Long Sensitive G.M. detectors or Pancake detector.
Detector Wall Material : 40 - 60 mg/cm2
Detection Efficiency : 4 - 5% for Beta Gamma over complete detector area with Sr90 phantom source
Probe Construction : Each channel uses 2 G.M. detectors. The detectors are provided with necessary Lead shielding of 25mm thickness to keep the background counts below 100 counts in 20 secs. Counting time. They are fabricated and fitted in the instrument so that they can be detached easily for maintenance.
Sensitive Area. : 300 sq. cm.
Protection Grill : The whole detector assembly is protected by a suitable thin metallic grill and foot support.
Detector dimensions and performance conforms to IEC 61098 specifications.

C) Clothing probe:
Number of monitoring channels: one
Detector type : Halogen quenched Long Sensitive G.M. detectors or Pancake detector
Detector Wall Material : 40 - 60 mg/cm2
Detector Plateau : Shall have minimum plateau length of 200 volts and shall be insensitive to ordinary light.
Detection Efficiency : Greater than 2 - 2.5% for Beta gamma over complete detector area.
Probe Construction : Hand-held type; Side window probe in a protective housing with a rotatable shutter for cutting off beta particles. It shall be placed on a holder with micro-switch assembly on the side of the monitor. On lifting the detector, the monitoring shall be started.
Detector dimensions and performance shall conform to IEC 1098 specifications.

ELECTRONIC UNIT :
The electronic unit consisting of the following
a. Signal processing and display unit.
b. Mother board
c. Switched mode LV supplies unit
d. 13 channel pre-amplifier unit
e. High voltage power supplies uni

Signal processing and display unit :

The signal processing & display unit comprising of an ARM7 based SBC & 7 ½” LCD is the data acquisition & control device. It carries out the following functions of
l User interface during configuration & measurement through the 7 ½” TFT display, 4x4 matrix keypad and optical sensors.
l Counting of pulses from 13 individual detectors.
l Storage of last 100 acquired data and last 100 contamination data.
l Configuration of various parameters like PM time, BG time, BG dwell time, Low BG set point, High BG set point, Alarm set point, Baud rate, Device ID, IP address, Voice & visual guidance languages, fault diagnostic configuration, detector efficiency, detector status etc.
lInterfacing with status & alarm indicating bar LEDs during measurement cycle.
lGeneration of voice guidance messages through stereo O/P sound device during measurement cycle.
l Initiates / terminates measurement cycle by sensing optical sensors status.
l Communicates to remote PC through RS485 / Ethernet ports using MODBUS protocol.

Mother board : Signal from the pre-amplifier unit optical sensors, RS485 port control & reference signals for HV module are routed to the signal processing unit through this board. The LV supplies to all the sub-systems are routed through this board.

Switch mode power supplies unit :
An AC-DC converter generates the necessary PC voltages of +12, +24 & +5V necessary to the power the electronic sub-systems. It is also provided with a line filter & other EMC suppression components.

13 channel pre-amplifier unit :
This unit comprises of 13 individual pre-amplifier modules used for connecting the -ve tail pulses to TTL coming from each of the GM detectors. HV bias to the GM tubes is fed through the pre-amplifier unit.

l Counting Range :
0 to 9999 counts
0 to 9999 CPS
0 to 9999 Bq
0 to 99999 CPM
On overflow the display indicates 'OVR'

l Timing range :
Pre-settable from 1 to 99 seconds in 1 sec steps for COUNTS, Bq, CPS or CPM modes for Hand and Foot monitoring. Time constant for checking the Clothing monitoring is 5 seconds with display being refreshed every second

HUMAN MACHINE INTERFACE : Indications & controls:

Mains switch : The mains switch is provided inside the cabinet of the monitor.

Mains indication : Red LED to indicate mains power ON is provided on the display panel.

Optical sensor : The monitor is provided with optical sensors inside the detector cavities for initializing the counting.

Test switch : This is a momentary push button switch provided on the side panel used for doing test acquisition

Visual alarm : Each channel visual mimic indication on LED indicators and additionally color mimics for each channel are provided on the colour LCD display.

Audio Alarm : Loud audio tone.

Audio Instructions : Audio instructions are generated for clear, contaminated, instrument fault, monitoring in progress and incomplete operation.
Multi-lingual messages are played back in either Hindi / Tamil / Marathi based on the selection.

Operational Guidance : Operational guidance messages are displayed Before monitoring, On Clear, On Contamination and On Incomplete operations are generated in either Hindi / Tamil / Marathi apart from the primary language English.

Incomplete operation : Yellow LED indicator along with Multi-lingual textual indication accompanied by audio alert are generated when counting is interrupted.

Clear Indication : Green LED indicator and LCD mimic indicator will be ON when all the channels are clear.

Counting in progress Indication : Busy LED indicator will be ON and Time left is displayed when counting is in progress.

Visual display : 7.5” colour LCD display.

Given below is a partial list of the functions being carried out by the visual display.
l Display normal status messages.
lVisual display of monitoring in progress (including count down of time in seconds)
lDisplay of individual channel readings
l Alarm annunciation
lBackground checking and display
l Instructions for use.
l Self explanatory, language independent symbols / user instructions.

Computer interface : (RS485 optional)
The monitor has a RS485 serial & Ethernet 10/100 Mbps port for interfacing with a remote IBM PC-compatible computer. The features supported by Ethernet port are given below.
l The PC and the monitor operate in a host-slave configuration and the software protocol will be MODBUS/RTU or MODBUS / TCP
l The firmware of the monitor will be able to send the instrument data like Instrument ID, Instrument type, Maximum counting range, Timer range, alarm settings, alarm status, current reading etc. to the Host PC on demand.
l The firmware will be able to receive commands from Host PC and carry out the setting of different parameters like Instrument ID, Instrument type, Maximum counting range, Timer range, alarm settings, instrument address etc.
l The PC as the host will give commands and send queries. The monitor will carry out various functions in response to the queries.

Power supplies : The monitor has a High voltage power supply unit for the detectors and a low voltage power supply unit which supplies the DC power supplies required for the Electronic unit. It has a very good line voltage and load regulation for all the supplies. It is fitted with Mains line filters to avoid line interferences.
The High voltage output is adjustable by handheld configurator or host PC and EHT is displayed on the display on demand. The EHT is adjustable from 300 V to 1500 V DC.

Instrument fault indication : Fault diagnostics are carried out periodically and any failures are reported on the display like LV, HV and detector failures.
Fault indications are cleared automatically if normal status is resumed.

Housing:
l Most of the modules of the Electronic unit and detectors are integrated into a column shaped cabinet with castor wheels.
lThe hand probes are fitted so that both the hands can be inserted and the optical sensors inside the cavities are activated when hands are placed to start monitoring.
l The modules are plug in type with all the controls and display on the front panel.
l The cabinet is rat-proof, rugged & elegant.

Self diagnostics : The monitor has built-in self diagnostics. On being powered it performs tests to ensure that all components and sub systems are functioning properly. It checks for the Power supply, High Voltage Supply, Detector, Counting and measuring circuits, Alarm Systems, Display Systems and communication port.

The firmware is designed for high reliability and availability.

Test points are provided for checking the EHT voltage and for connecting external input pulse signals.

Input Power : 230VAC +/-10%, 50Hz, single phase supply. Power ON/OFF indication is provided with an indicator LED. Line filter and spike suppressor shall be provided.

Environment : The instrument will be able to withstand temperature upto 50°C and relative humidity upto 90% in radiation areas.

Environmental EMI / RFI performance compliance : This instrument is designed to comply to IEC 61098 for its radiation performance environmental & EMI / RFI compliance. For EMI / RFI compliance test specifications specified by IEC61000 standards are applicable.

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Beta - Gamma Clothing Probe
Display Module
Clothing Probe
Pancake Detector Probe
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