Lead Shielding for Radiation Protection

Lead Shielding for Radiation Protection

Many applications require radiation shielding to protect workers and members of the public from harmful radiation. Lead provides effective radiation shielding against gamma rays and x-rays because of its high molecular density, high atomic number and high level of stability. It can be used for installing radiation shielding in medical facilities, as well as research facilities in industries, universities or in the military. Lead shielding products are available in various forms to suit different applications.

  1. Lead bricks
  2. Lead bricks are used where maximum protection is required. Interlocking lead bricks provide maximum radiation shielding due to its tongue and groove design. They are made in different sizes, thicknesses and shapes. Lead bricks are ideal for adding radiation shielding to existing rooms. However, lead bricks can be customized in a new construction to reduce wall or ceiling thickness in order to save space. Lead bricks are often mounted to steel frames or other structures such as lead-lined cabinets for increased structural integrity. They do not require mortar or other additional shielding materials. Apart from radiation shielding, lead brick is also used in radioactive isotope creation, counterbalances and ballast weights.

  3. Lead plates
  4. Lead plates can be used for radiation shielding on walls, window frames and doors. It can also be used as a sound barrier. Lead plates are manufactured to consistent standards in a variety of thicknesses and sizes, and can also be made in custom sizes and shapes.

  5. Lead foil
  6. This is a form of sheet lead that can be easily cut, bent and shaped for use in many applications. It is commonly used in the construction of walls, doors and frames. The lead sheet can also be installed on lead-lined walls to stop radiation leakage from cut-outs and penetrations.

  7. Lead glass
  8. High density lead glass provides protection in areas where both radiation shielding and a clear view are necessary for the diagnostic or manufacturing activities involved. It can be installed on walls, window or doors. Lead glass is installed on lead-lined frames.

  9. Lead wool
  10. Lead wool consists of thin strands of lead. It is used as a caulk to seal joints between lead and steel fittings.

  11. Lead powder
  12. Lead Powder is placed within plastic sheets in some protective clothing such as lead aprons.

  13. Lead clothing
  14. Lead clothing provides protective clothing for workers whenever there is a need for radiation shielding. Lead clothing shielding comes in many forms including lead aprons, lead thyroid shields, lead-lined gloves, and eyewear containing leaded glass, lead sleeves and moveable lead shields. Protective clothing should conform to requirements specified by the National Council on Radiation Protection (NCRP).

Contact Medi-RayTM, Inc. for effective radiation shielding.

Medi-RayTM, Inc. produces a wide range of lead materials for the shielding of nuclear medicine facilities and x-ray rooms. Contact our consultants at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or fax us at 914-337-4620. You can also email us at sales@mediray.com.

Lead Extrusion

Lead Extrusion

Lead extrusion is the process of creating an object through a die of the desired cross section. It has the ability to create very complex cross sections and to work materials that are brittle because the material only encounters compressive and shear stresses.

Pure Lead Products produce lead extrusions in your desired length, width and shape. Extrusions are produced by using hydraulic pressure to force lead through a die. In this type of process, you can produce an end product in your desired shape. This allows you to customize everything from lead wire to heavy lead bars in your exact specifications.

Applications of Lead Extrusion:

  • It can produce an object with very complex cross sections.
  • In a vertical extrusion process, molten lead may also be used in place of billets. Large tubes of up to 300 mm in lead alloys can be extruded over liquid metal.
  • Lead and lead/tin pipes, pressure tubes (copper lead) and cable sheathing are typical products and applications.

Medi-RayTM, Inc. provides customers with over 35 years of metallurgy expertise in producing custom and precision lead products using proprietary equipment. Our entire operation accomplishes metal fabrication in an environmentally friendly facility. To speak to our consultant, contact us at 877-898-3003 or 914-979-2740 or email us at sales@mediray.com.

The Benefits of Doing Business with a Company that has an ISO 9001 Certification

How can you be sure that the company you’re doing business with is dedicated to providing you the best quality product, customer service and always looking for ways to improve? Search for one that voluntarily practices the internationally set of standards developed by ISO (International Organization for Standardization). In particular, the ISO 9000 family, which addresses various aspects of quality management and contains some of ISOs best known standards. A company that has a certification to the ISO 9001 standard delivers high quality products and services.

ISO 9001 is a quality management system that is successfully used all over the world. In 2013, over one million certifications were issued across 187 countries. Many companies and organizations use the standard to improve the way they work without even being certified. The benefits of ISO 9001 are not fabricated; companies large and small have prospered from following a quality management system that allowed them to discover cost and efficiency savings. Here are the main benefits of an ISO 9001 certification:

  • Improvement of company’s credibility and image
  • Improvement of customer satisfaction
  • Better process integration
  • Improve company’s evidence for decision making
  • Create a continual improvement culture
  • Engagement of employees

The international quality management system, ISO 9001, is recognized as such a basic and influential standard that it is used as the basis when industry groups want to add specific industry requirements, thus creating their own industry. These include AS9100 for the aerospace industry, ISO 13485 for the medical devices industry and ISO/TS 16949 for the automotive industry. Certification to this standard will lead to a company’s success, by implementing the benefits available through an ISO 9001 quality management system, a business can build to even higher savings and improvement.

From the very beginning Medi-Ray has employed effective, end-user oriented management to ensure that resulting lead products and services are of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been certified to the ISO standards so that we may continue to provide our clients with quality service and products.

Features and Benefits of Lead Bricks

Lead bricks are used in various shielding requirements, including x-ray radiation and nuclear shielding. However, they can also be used for radioactive isotope creation, ballast weights and counterbalances. Lead bricks are available in a variety of sizes, and in different design options to suit shielding and weight applications. Below are the features and benefits of lead bricks:

Key features

  • Lead bricks are cast out of 99.9% pure virgin, high quality lead.
  • They are commonly used for shielding in applications where lead sheet shielding is impractical or not available in sizes or thicknesses required.
  • Can be adapted for many different applications, in walls, bunkers, coves, glove-boxes, hot cells, partitions, nuclear shielding, transporting radioactive materials or as a ballast weight.
  • Available in a wide range of sizes, thicknesses and shapes and interlocking designs to suit your application.
  • Maximum protection against x-ray beta and gamma radiation with interlocking configurations that prevent radiation leakage through gaps. The interlocking configurations also provide a stable and a sturdier wall system to prevent it from falling.
  • They can be cut on site in any direction without losing the interlocking capability. A double row can also be stacked behind the first in a staggered pattern to prevent the loss of radiation effectively.
  • Machine finished lead bricks are also available.

Benefits

  • Lead bricks reduce exposure to harmful high energy radiation.
  • They create a safe and healthful environment.
  • They are flexible—Lead bricks can be easily erected, modified, disassembled and relocated in the field to create protective wall systems and cells to suit your application.
  • They are custom designed and manufactured in different sizes and weights according to customer specifications.

Contact Medi-RayTM, Inc.

Medi-RayTM, Inc. is the hallmark for radiation safety, shielding solutions and counter weight designs. We supply all standard lead brick sizes as well as interlocking configurations. Custom designs and sizes are supplied in the shortest turn-around time in our industry. Call to speak to one of our consultants at 877-898-3003/914-979-2740.

How Do Consumers Benefit from the Quality Management Principles of ISO 9001?

The ISO Quality Management System is the backbone of our society, guaranteeing the safety and quality of products and services, facilitating international trade and improving the environment in which we live. In order for a business or company to improve organization the senior management must apply the seven quality principles of the ISO 9001 standards. The quality management principles are:

  • Customer Focus
  • Leadership
  • Engagement of People
  • Process Approach
  • Improvement
  • Evidence-based decision making
  • Relationship Management

These principles are guidelines that can help companies tackle some of the most demanding challenges of modern business. The ISO standards ensure that business operations are as efficient as possible, increase productivity and help companies access new markets. Many businesses are not only able to cut costs, and reduce their impact on the environment, but are also able to increase customer satisfaction.

When businesses choose to conform to the ISO standards for their products and services consumers can have confidence that the products they purchase are safe, reliable and of good quality. Understanding the needs of existing and future customers is vital in aligning organizational objectives with customer needs and expectations. The ISO standards allow  companies to meet customer requirements, create and manage customer relationships, and exceed customer expectations.

Since the beginning, Medi-Ray has had an effective, end-user oriented management system to insure that the resulting lead products and services are always of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been ISO certified so that we may continue to provide our clients and customers with excellent quality, service and products.

ISO 9001: 2015 A Quality Management System

ISO 9001 helps organizations demonstrate to customers that they can offer products and services of consistently good quality. It is a standard that sets out the requirements for a quality management system. The benefits of this management system are efficiency and improved customer satisfaction for businesses and organizations.

On September 2015 the latest edition of ISO 9001 was published, replacing the previous version (ISO 9001:2008). Every five years the ISO standards are reviewed and revised, if necessary. This allows ISO standards to remain as useful tools for the marketplace. Today businesses and organizations face challenges that are very different from a few decades ago and ISO 9001 has been amended to take this new environment into account. The latest version of the standard brings the user a variety of benefits. For instance, ISO 9001:2015:

  • Puts a greater emphasis on leadership engagement
  • Help address organizational risks and opportunities in a structured manner
  • Uses simplified language and a common structure and terms, which are particularly helpful to organizations using multiple management systems (environment, health & safety, or business continuity)
  • Addresses supply chain management more effectively
  • Is more user-friendly for service and knowledge-based organizations

With over 1.1 million certificates issued worldwide, many businesses and organizations are updating the existing quality management system to meet the revised requirements. The acting ISO Secretary-General, Kevin McKinley states, “The world has changed, and this revision was needed to reflect this. Technology is driving increased expectations from customers and businesses. Barriers to trade have dropped due to lower tariffs, but also because of strategic instruments like International Standards. We are seeing a trend towards more complex global supply chains that demand integrated action. So organizations need to perform in new ways, and our quality management standards need to keep up with these expectations. I am confident that the 2015 edition of ISO 9001 can help them achieve this.”

Certification for ISO 9001 is intended for businesses and organizations to improve their management performance. However, receiving certification to ISO 9001 is not an easy task and it may not always be granted. Every organization is different, so the process required to receive certification to a quality management system will be unique to the situation of the company. The process for becoming certified requires a two-phase audit preformed by an accredited body.

From the very beginning Medi-Ray has employed effective, end-user oriented management to ensure that resulting lead products and services are of the highest standards and compatible with today’s metallurgical and radiation shielding requirements. We have been certified to the ISO standards so that we may continue to provide our clients with quality service and products.