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Tracerco hails Queen’s Award Innovation Success
industrial technology specialist Tracerco, part of the Johnson
Matthey Group, is celebrating after winning a coveted Queen’s
Award for Enterprise 2009 Innovation award for its radiation
monitors. It is the third Queen’s Award the company
has won in the past six years.
This year’s innovation award recognises companies
that have demonstrated commercial success through innovative
products or services. The awards winners are chosen each
year on the advice of the Prime Minister who is assisted
by an advisory committee, which includes representatives
of Government, industry and commerce, and the trade unions.
In 2003, Tracerco was commended in the innovation category
for its Tracerco Profiler and 2005 saw the company bestowed
with the international trade accolade.
Radiation measurement instruments have existed in one form
or another for many years and have had various limitations
for deployment in industrial environments or emergency situations.
In 2006 Tracerco launched its range of intrinsically safe
monitors which include the TRACERCO™ T201 Radiation
Contamination Monitor, T202 Radiation Dose rate Monitor and
the Mud Monitor. Intrinsic safety allows the equipment to
function safely in the presence of explosive gas mixtures
and Tracerco has successfully combined this concept with
a number of innovative design features to provide a truly
unique range of monitors in this demanding market sector.
In addition to state of the art functionality, great attention
to detail has been paid to user needs and aesthetics to
give best possible user experience.
In response to industry demand and the success of the T202
and T201 monitors, Tracerco developed non-intrinsically
safe versions which retain all of the environmental and
functionality aspects of the original models but are not
compliant for use in explosive atmospheres. These monitors
offer a viable alternative to competing technologies which
are restrictive, unsuitable for use in hostile environments
and lack much of the functionality offered by Tracerco’s
Current legislation establishes a statutory requirement
that as a minimum, all operational radiation monitors are
subject to annual inspection and testing. As such Tracerco
has established global monitor calibration and service facilities
where trained and experienced staff are available to carry
out speedy and effective repairs and calibrations on all
types of portable radiation monitors.
Andy Hurst, Tracerco’s managing director, said: “Winning
a third Queen’s Award is a fantastic achievement and
a testament to the hard work, commitment and professionalism
of our employees across the group. To be recognised again
for our innovation shows that we are committed to developing
“We will continue to invest in growing our people
and service offering to ensure that Tracerco continues to
offer the industry the most advanced solutions to its ever-changing
needs. “Since its launch, we have experienced great
demand for the radiation monitors and I have no doubt this
will increase following the award. The products have proved
a revelation and allowed our clients to reap the significant
benefits associated with the technology.”