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Maintenance for the Buster K910G Density Meter

Maintenance for the Buster K910G Density Meter

Campbell/Harris Security Equipment Company (CSECO) is the home of the Buster K910G Density Meter, the updated version of the much-loved Buster K910B Density Meter. While the K910G retains many of the qualities of the K910B, there are also new features that will make it more of a standout among other density meters.

Like the Buster K910B, the Buster K910G emits the low-intensity gamma radiation and scintillation detector. This kind of technology enables law enforcement agents like Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers to scan any type of surface and identify if any type of hidden contraband is present. With the Buster K910G, they can scan items that include wood, metal, reinforced plastic, rubber, concrete and even organic matter such as dirt and water. The Buster K910G can detect several types of contraband including narcotics, illegal/prescribed drugs, cash, alcohol, weapons, and explosives.

This same kind of technology makes the Buster K910G convenient to use. It enables officers to scan materials without potentially damaging them. They would only damage an item being scanned if the Buster positively picks up abnormal density levels which indicate contraband is likely present underneath the material being scanned.

Like the K910B, the Buster K910G also has the ability to detect radiation with its RAD-Aware® technology. It enables first responders to establish safety parameters to keep civilians and other responders out of danger from dirty bombs or any other radioactive release.

The Buster also features two types of alerts. The audible alert is perfect when the Buster is used with a telescoping stick, which, when attached to the device is called “Buster on a Stick.” A clear display enables visual alerts, which help pinpoint the location of contraband so it can be kept out of the hands of the drug-dealers and smugglers.

The Buster K910G Density Meter features significant improvements from the K910B which include:

  • 7.5 micro curie Barium 133 source, which is 25% or more or less than that of rival density meters
  • No more potentially-harmful lead-based components in the Buster’s interior or exterior

Although the Buster is famed for its durability, maintenance is required in order to keep its useful life. Users can replace its 9-volt alkaline transistor batteries, which can be easily done even while on the field.
Calibration is also another way of maintaining the Buster’s useful life. It comes with a calibration block, and every unit has a Calibration Unit Standard which enables other identical units to be calibrated to a common base, guaranteeing +/-2 reading between units. Calculation of the calibration should be done to automatically compensate the decomposition of the source, as well as the deteriorating quality of some of the components inside the Buster.

Put the Buster on the calibration block. Next, press and hold down the trigger first and then press the “lock + mode” button at the same time. Then release hold of the buttons but maintain the hold on the trigger. By this time the Buster will beep for about ten seconds. After Buster stops beeping, press “mode” button. In order that the Buster is reading properly, do a normal reading while it is still placed on the block. The reading should reach between 95 and 105 which is an indication that the Buster is reading correctly. This process takes less than 30 seconds. Any knowledgeable user can calibrate the Buster any time. Although calibrating the Buster is suggested once every six months, some users recommend that calibration should be done once a month.

However, all maintenance cannot be handled by the end-user. Some issues require the Buster to be sent to CSECO’s repairs department. The company’s technicians will first analyze and find out what causes the problem on the Buster, and then offer an estimate to the users on how soon it can be fixed. CSECO will wait for the customer’s approval on the estimate to fix the Buster before the technicians proceed with the repairs. Users don’t have to worry about the cost as repairs are relatively inexpensive.

Users are trained on how to use and keep the Buster working when they purchase it. Since this is the case, the Buster K910G Density Meter will be an excellent partner for law enforcement agency’s drug- and contraband-busting efforts for years to come.

Tony Harris, President and CEO, and Pat Campbell, founder, of CSECO explain about the Buster density meter and other contraband detectors.

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