X-rays to stop diamond thefts from African mine

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X-ray inspection specialist 3dx-ray has signed a contract with a new diamond-processing facility in Africa.

The deal means 3dx-ray will supply its Axis-64 system to help prevent theft from the site. The Axis-64 system will be installed at the new facility, being built for more than 200 staff, to screen employees to ensure diamonds are not removed unlawfully. By providing this additional layer of security, the 3dx-ray system will enable more processing to be undertaken in Africa, rather than at facilities in Europe.

The Axis-64 went through a validation-testing programme with the customer to ensure that it could deliver high reliability at very fine resolutions to ensure that even the smallest stones cannot be stolen.

Initially one Axis-64 system is being installed as part of a long term development programme with more equipment to be installed over time as the processing operation increases across the region.

Vincent Deery is 3dx-ray's sales and marketing director. He said: 'This is another significant contract win for the company and it demonstrates the investment we have made in developing our x-ray technology beyond the industry norms. Our system was tested among a number of competitors and it was the most appropriate performing system of all the solutions for this particular application.'