Astrophysics Inc. Signs Contract With U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons

CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. — Astrophysics Inc., based in the City of Industry, Calif. has recently been awarded a five-year service contract by the U.S. Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Astrophysics Inc. is the industry leader in the global x-ray market and works with a wide range of companies and has an installation base of more than 5,000 units in more than 100 countries.

The current contract with BOP is for 67 x-ray inspection systems. The systems will be used in correctional facilities throughout the U.S. and will help with the “bouncing pallet” problem occurring at facilities throughout the country.

According to Astrophysics Inc., bouncing pallets occur in prisons as large tunnel systems are commonly used for warehouse and food service cargo screening, many smaller pallets tend to bounce on the large roller tables, creating a distorted x-ray picture. With the improved roller spacing introduced by Astrophysics, the x-ray system produces a clear image.

The new x-ray inspection system also offers stronger generator power for increased penetration and heightened detection. Astrophysics was unable to release the total cost of the installations but states that it’s an incredible value to comparable systems.

Along with the company’s x-ray inspection systems, Astrophysics has also recently been awarded two other contracts in the U.S and abroad.

The company was awarded a 5-year contract from the California Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) to install and service the courthouses with a checkpoint security system. They have received an initial order of over 150 systems and have already installed 40. According to AOC, Astrophysics will install up to 400 systems over the next 5-years.

The U.S. Air Force also awarded Astrophysics Inc. a contract for 66 x-ray inspection systems. The systems will be installed at 15 air force bases domestically and more than 16 internationally. The systems are being installed to inspect all carry-on and checked passenger baggage. The company is growing to be a leader in security products.

“Astrophysics award from the U.S. Air Force reflects our growing presence on the larger market scale and the opening of further high profile sales opportunities abroad,” said Tom Schorling, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Astrophysics Inc.