Area Gamma Monitor

Area Gamma Monitor [TYPE : NXG_AGM**]

Technical Data

Area Gamma Monitor manufactured & supplied by Nucleonix Systems is primarly designed to indicate dose rates in the measuring unit selected & produces audio/visual alarms, if the dose rate exceeds preset value. By default, the unit is set to be in mR/hr and the range is (0.01 – 1000mR/hr). It uses latest state-of-art electronic devices including SoC based on ARM cortex A5 400MHz CPU with associated peripheral devices and other discrete ICs & components. Use of these devices makes it compact and highly reliable. Powerful embedded code adds-up and enhances its performance and gives extra advantage from the angle of fault diagnostics, programmable features and measurement of dose rate & data communication under networked environment.

This Area Gamma Monitor type NXG_AGM will be useful for monitoring Low Gamma dose rate levels in μR/hr working areas of Radio Isotope Laboratories, Radiotherapy departments, Medical & Industrial Radiological installations apart from its usefulness in Atomic Power Stations, Radiochemical Plants, Waste Immobilization Plants etc., With power ON, initialization of SoC, peripheral devices, 5” TFT display/timers, counter etc, takes place. Followed by this, dose rate calculation takes place in the selected unit such as mR/hr. Additionally, hardware & fault diagnostic check will be carried out. Display updating will take place every 1 sec. Time Constant (TC) for dose-rate will be computed depending upon the detector output count rate.

Area Gamma Monitor NXG_AGM indicates dose rate digitally on TFT display. There are a visual annunciator window GREEN & RED for NORMAL & ACTIVE conditions respectively, shown on TFT display. The entire screen flashes, when the dose rate alarm occurs, and in normal condition the NORMAL window glows.

For NXG_AGM1, User interface is through Touch Screen. Data can be transferred to USB pendrive. For NXG_AGM2, User interface is through NI-Configurator Software by using Ethernet Communication. For NXG_AGM3, User interface is through Radgrid Software by using Ethernet Communication, Multiple Units can be networked.

The user interface is through Radgrid Software by using Ethernet Communication. In Application that require External probe a Smart Probe is provided with RS485 interface. It can be installed in the measurement area, where as the display unit cab be in the Operations / Control Room.

Radiation to be detected : Gamma Radiation & X- Rays.
Range : 0.01 -1000 mR/hr
0.1µSv – 10mSv/hr
0- 50000
CPM Range and Unit are configurable.
Detector : Energy compensated Halogen -quenched G. M. Tube LND713 or equivalent havinga sensitivity of 7.5 cps / mR/ hr .
Energy Response : +/-25% from 100keV upto 1.25MeV.
Accuracy : +/ – 10% Full scale with Cesium source.
EHT : 400V to 700V DC adjustable (Typical 500V) (factory set).
Display : 5”TFT is used for display of doserate, hardware status information & also for visualization of preset alarm and other parameters.
Overload : Senses overload above 200% of fullscale and upto 1 R/ h & indicates on display “OFL”.
Over-range : Senses if the radiation field being measured has exceeded the measurement range of the instrument and upto 200% of the instrument and displays “OVR”.
Time Constant : First Stable reading on Power ON within 1 min. Normal (Slow) : 30 sec to 0.5 sec automaticallyvarying inverselywith the radiation level.
Abrupt detection : Update the current reading within 2 sec.
Calibration Accuracy : +/- 10% through out the range.
Alarm range : 0.01 mR/Hr to 99.99 mR/hr. 0.1 µSv/Hr to 999 µSv/hr. 1-50000 CPM . The alarm level setting will be carried out through Radgrid Software by Ethernet Cmmunication.
Alarm Indication : a) Red Mimic flashing large area on TFT display.
b) Loudalternating audio tone (Dual frequency tone).
Alarm annunciation scheme

As tabulated below :

Instrument Controls :

a) Acknowledgement icon for muting audio alarm.

b) Reset icon for resetting the Alarm indication and alarm relay.

Instrument Fault indication :

HV failure : Visual alarm with flashing red MIMIC indication & “HV” message on display.

Detector failure :

Visual alarm with flashing red MIMIC & “Detector Failure” message on display. Fault indications shall be cleared automatically if normal status is resumed.

Detector Housing:

(In case of External Probe)

a. The Smart Probe is located external to theDisplay Unit.

b. It is housed in a suitable, air-tight SS shell with built-in pre-amplifier, HV & Microcontroller with RS485 interface.

c. The instrument is provided with 10 mtr cable between Smart Probe and themonitor.

d. The detector housing qualifies industrial protection Class IP-54.

e. A separate mounting bracket for detector housing is provided.

External Console

RJ 45 connector for Ethernet port.

Computer Interface : The monitor (NXG_AGM2 or AGM3 only) hasa Ethernet 10/100Mbps port for interfacing with a remote Windows PC. The features supported by Ethernet port are given below.

The PC and the NXG_AGM unit shall operate in a Client/ Server configuration and the software(RADGRID) protocol will be TCP.

The PC software shall give commands and send queries. The NXG_AGM unit will carry out various functions in response to the queries.

The firmware of the monitor shall be able to send the instrument data like instrument IP, instrument type, input range, display range, alarm settings, alarm status, current reading, diagnostic status of EHT/GM tube etc. to the Host PC on demand.

The firmware shall be able to receive commands from Host PC and carry out the setting of different parameters like instrument IP, instrument type, input range, display range, alarm settings, Ack, Reset, instrument address etc.

It can store data for every second. Last 60 Days data will be in store in the Instrument.

Input Power : 230V AC +/-10%.
Environment : The instrument is designed to be able to withstand temperature up to 500C and relative humidity up to 90% in radiation areas.
Environmental compliance: As per IS 9000 Part III & IV.
EMI / EMC compliance: As per IEC 61000 / ANSI N42.17
Mechanical Enclosure:
Size: 180H x 178W x 38D.
Weight: 1Kg approx.

Applications: Installed near Therapy machines, in Nuclear Medicine Centers, Medical Cyclotron Facilities to measure gamma radiation dose rate levels. Units can be networked to a centralized computer system for continuous monitoring of dose rate & alarm status, through our Rad-Grid Software.