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Alternative to Nuclear Gauging

A Safe Alternative to Nuclear and X-Ray Gauges


Are you looking for an alternative to nuclear or X-ray thickness or basis weight gauging?  Contact us to discuss your application.  SolveTech’s proprietary capacitance based gauging systems are a great potential solution.  They can be used for any application on a non conductive material such as plastics, ceramic tape, and nonwoven materials.

They are safe to operate, have no environmental concerns, and typically offer superior performance when compared to a gamma, beta or x-ray gauging systems.


Alternative to Nuclear GaugingNuclear gauges can have demanding environmental and safety regulations associated with them.  And at the end of the gauges life, they can be quite costly to dispose of.   In many cases, companies end up having to buy a large safe and store the nuclear waste there.   These regulations can be difficult to accommodate, and there could be an exposure risk to the operator in some circumstances.

In addition, nuclear sources like Strontium 90 have a half life and they will need to be replaced after a couple of years, and the old nuclear source will need to be disposed of.  In speaking with one customer in Mexico, it took him nearly three months to import a nuclear source for his gamma gauge, not to mention all the time he spent filling out paperwork.

Capacitance thickness gauging is a much greener option, and it typically has better performance as well.  SolveTech’s technology has been refined over 37 years and works great off-line or on-line thickness gauging.


For a Gamma backscatter gauge, you will typically see ten times (10x) the accuracy using a SolveTech capacitance based system.  In addition, nuclear technology takes time to get an average reading, so it can be slow.  With our technology, SolveTech can take a reading every 0.01 seconds.

SolveTech gauges cannot be used in every application, but there are many cases where SolveTech technology can be substituted.  Contact us to discuss your application with our engineers.


You can learn more about the requirements for importing a nuclear source here.

You can learn about the requirements for operating a beta or gamma thickness gauge here.

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