I3A Takes Steps to Protect Imaging Products from Damage by Customs Inspection Equipment

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Initial Open Meeting Scheduled for December 3 via Teleconference

I3A (the International Imaging Industry Association; http://www.i3a.org), the leading global association for the imaging industry, today announced plans for an investigation into ways to assess and prevent damage to imaging materials entering the United States, starting with a series of tests on equipment recently put into service.

Interested parties are invited to find out about the testing and how their companies can participate, in a conference call on Thursday, December 3. Follow-on conference call meetings will be held to coordinate the testing and for those unable to attend the first meeting.

Recent upgrades in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection equipment have resulted in damage to sensitized imaging materials, including printed circuit board film. The damage was reported to the CBP by I3A member companies. As a result, I3A has received approval from the Department of Homeland Security/CBP for its Integrity in Transportation of Imaging Products (ITIP) committee to conduct testing on these imaging materials at the CBP facility in Charleston, South Carolina. The tests will determine the level of damage caused by exposure to the new inspection equipment. It is anticipated that the tests will be conducted in February 2010.

ITIP has conducted extensive testing on imaging products and inspection equipment in recent years as necessary and has published the results to the public. The materials I3A now recommends for testing include:

  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB) film
  • Medical film
  • Motion picture film
  • Graphic arts materials
  • Consumer/Professional films and paper
  • Sensitive electronics (storage media, etc.)

The new equipment proposed for testing may include:

1. Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System (VACIS) manufactured by Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), which uses 1 Ci Cobalt-60 source (1.25 MeV)
2. Mobile Eagle system (4.5 MeV) manufactured by Rapiscan Systems
3. Omniview Gantry system (6 MeV) manufactured by American Science & Engineering
4. Mobile Heimann Cargo Vision (HCV) system (3.8 MeV) manufactured by Smiths Detection

Products from companies that manufacture or ship any of the materials listed above into the United States may be affected by the new equipment. To attend the conference call on December 3, or to find out more about how to participate, please contact Jim Peyton (jamesp@i3a.org), +1 914-285-4933 x3. Call time will be announced to participants.
About the International Imaging Industry Association (I3A)
I3A's vision is to enable the use of imaging to simplify and enrich people's lives through visual experiences that connect generations, communities, information and services. I3A drives the global imaging industry toward this future by bringing members together to create standards and collaborate on initiatives that advance the industry and remove barriers to growth.

I3A is an accredited Standards Developing Organization, serving as Secretariat for the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee 42 (ISO/TC42) on Photography, and as administrator for the USA Technical Advisory Group for this committee. Information about I3A can be found at http://www.i3a.org or by phone at +1 914-285-4933. For information on joining I3A, please write or call Noel Mareno, noelm@i3a.org, +1 214-244-1927.

I3A Press Contact
Judith Vanderkay
Virtual, Inc.
+1 781-876-6208


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