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Can Your Density Meter Detect Explosives?

The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other law enforcement agencies use a density meter to help them locate contraband such as narcotics, illegal/prescribed drugs, cigarettes, weapons, currency, alcohol, jewelry, explosives and even radioactive material. The contraband may be hidden in locations that would be difficult and inaccessible to the naked eye. Fortunately, Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) makes the finest density meter today.

Before the advent of the high-tech density meters, a few decades ago agents had to do the best that they could with their eyes and bare hands while trying to locate hidden contraband. More often than not, they would tear away the material being inspected during the search, like cushions or at the back of the dashboard. More often than not the owner of the damaged items would get angry. They insisted the inspectors should have to pay for what they had done with their stuff. And what’s worse, the suspected contraband was not often found.

This mounting difficulty of the officers in locating hidden contraband led the federal government to request a device that would be able to eliminate the need to externally damage the material in order to determine whether or not it had something other than usual. They turned to Patrick J. Campbell, the founder of CSECO, because they were already aware of his experience in developing and designing devices that used radioactive technology. At that time Campbell already had created a soil density gauge. He then adopted the technology used for that gauge and developed the Buster K910B density meter, which was recently upgraded to the Buster K910G.

This tool detects the differences in density using the emission of the low-intensity gamma radiation, which reach to around 6 inches deep. The density of an everyday object is known, if the Buster’s reading does not match up with the expected number, more inspection is needed. CSECO also manufactures other contraband detection equipment which can be used together with the Buster such as the one-piece visual inspection tool, the Perfect Vision V20 Videoscope Inspection System, for more effective searches.

The Buster also uses RAD-Aware technology, which is able to recognize the presence of radioactive materials. If a dirty-bomb or any radioactive leak is located, first responders can quickly establish a safe perimeter because they will be capable to determine the location where the radioactive contamination is and where it ends.

The Buster is able to scan through a variety of materials that include wood, metal, reinforced plastic, even dirt and water. While the Buster is being used, visual information isdisplayed on its integrated screen and an audible alarm also sounds.

Because of the Buster density meter and other contraband detection tools that use the most sophisticated technology, CBP agents and other law enforcement personnel have a much easier time in doing their job. Using such tools will result in a much lower failure rate than what was usual many years back. The Buster density meter helps the agents locate the presence of a hidden contraband and confiscate them, therefore keeping it off the streets.

Buster K910B: Density Meter Considered the Best

CSECO proudly recommends its signature product, the Buster K910B Density Meter, also known as Buster Contraband Detector or simply “Buster.” It is the premier hand-held density meter available for contraband detection. The Buster has remained the most recommended by top government and law enforcement agencies not only in the United States but in over 70 countries all over the world.

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company founder Patrick J. Campbell had previously worked with radioactive elements and designing equipment that used them. He was known for his expertise in that field. The history of the Buster began in the early years of 1980s. Campbell was approached by the federal government who asked him to design a hand-held tool to detect contraband. Campbell said that he was able to design such tool if he would be allowed to work with the non-technical people who would use it regularly. Campbell then worked closely with the US Customs and Border Protection agents. Together, they were able to come up what would be the company’s signature product, the Buster K910B Density Meter or Buster, which used radio isotopes and was made to perform to the specifications they set forth.

That was over 30 years ago. Ever since its creation, the Buster has been used by federal, state, local, and international law enforcement agencies to detect and seize contraband.

The Buster emits a low-intensity gamma radiation and uses a scintillation detector. It is guaranteed safe for the officers and agents to use. It is also a fast and effective tool to detect contraband in objects such as containers, tires, car doors, fuel tanks, and other objects which may can contain contraband, smuggled or stolen objects (illegal drugs, narcotics, cash, weapons, explosives, jewelry, works of art, or radioactive materials).

Other contraband detectors on the market use radio wave, ultra-violet wave, or microwave technologies but none of them can detect contraband as effectively as the Buster does because of its superior gamma radiation. The Buster is able to detect small differences in an object’s density and is also effective in alerting the user about the presence of contraband. The Buster has both auditory and visual alerts with the hand-held display.

Speed is a necessity when detecting contraband. The Buster provides quicker results than the other density meters in the market. It can scan an average-sized vehicle in less than 5 minutes, and an average-sized room in less than 10 minutes. Scanning much larger vehicles such as tanks or semi trucks may take a little longer. What’s more impressive is that the Buster provides accurate results.

The Buster’s competitors are limited to the surfaces they can scan through – usually only one or two. This makes them very limited to use. The Buster can scan a variety of materials that include metal, wood, dirt, reinforced plastic, liquid and any type of organic matter.

The Buster also comes with a telescoping handle called “Buster on a Stick.” It is an extension pole that attaches to the Buster. This enables the tool to scan harder-to-reach areas such as big and tall fuel tanks, as well as the undersides and tops of tractor trailers or building walls.

The Buster is distinctive when compared with other contraband detectors on the market. It is also able to detect the presence of radioactive materials. The Buster is with RAD-Aware® technology, which enables users who detect the presence of any radioactive material. Once detected, first responders can establish safety perimeters to keep personnel and civilians away from a possible dirty bomb or radioactive release.

CSECO’s Buster is the trusted contraband detection equipment among law enforcement agencies, interdiction officers, and US Customs and Border Protection agents. Discover more about the Buster K910B Density Meter by sending an email to info@cseco.com or calling us 1-510-864-8010.

Buster K910B Density Meter Is Vital Contraband Detection Equipment

The Buster K910B Density Meter, from CSECO is thought of as being the best density meter or “gold standard” of equipment used for contraband detection. It has been imitated by other manufacturers, but the Buster is equipment that most law enforcement and border patrol agents choose because of its reliability, incomparably high quality, and effectiveness.

In just ten minutes or even less, the Buster can scan a room of average size, on any type of material in which contraband can be hidden. The Buster K910B Density Meter scans a variety of surfaces such as metal, wood, and reinforced plastic without damaging them, or any substances concealed behind them.

Buster’s development rose from the combined input from CSECO and the US Customs and Border Protection in the mid 1980s. Their goal was to make the equipment as effective and reliable as it could be for law enforcement and border patrol agents, locally as well as internationally.

It is not easy to question the K910B Buster Density Meter’s fast results, reliability and accuracy. Plus, its base can be easily handled and gripped by your hands. It is also tough, sturdy, and extremely durable.

The Buster also has built-in technology – Rad-Aware – which allows officials to detect explosives. Once they are detected, first responders are able to establish a safe perimeter for agents, officers and civilians in case a dirty bomb detonates. This functionality increases the value and effectiveness of the Buster with law enforcement agents.

The Buster also features an external addition. It is called the “Buster-on-a-Stick” and has a remote display. The display allows agents to reach into the more narrow areas or areas that aren’t normally accessible or are not easily reached. The Buster display sits nearer to the handle grip, which allows users to view the screen and read it easily. This additional feature to Buster works best when inspecting a full tractor trailer. While unpacking inside and outside could take a number of hours, the Buster is able to detect anomalies easily and quickly, in any part of the load. Once the Buster confirms the presence of the contraband, officers and agents then know that it’s time to unpack the items to locate the contraband.

Imagine Customs and Border Protection agents and law enforcement officers working without the Buster. Contraband detection would be certainly more difficult and time-consuming which means more resources and manpower. A low intensity gamma radiation and scintillation detector, the Buster is perfectly suitable for making contraband detection easier and quicker for the law enforcement officers and border patrol agents. They need equipment such as the Buster because it detects contraband quickly and more accurately.

For over 30 years, the Buster has been trusted and recommended by those who use it. It consistently has a high reputation based on its accuracy, toughness and reliability. The Buster is a testimony of CSECO’s commitment to quality employed in its design of effective and reliable density meter and contraband detection.