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Argon-LLNL RaFTS project boosts realistic radiation training

Written by Steven Pike on 20 Mar 2020

Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. and the US Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have secured a two-year, $2.55 million, Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) which will facilitate the development of a game-changing, ultra-realistic radiation simulator tool for first responders.

The project, which has been funded by a Department of Energy Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) grant, will combine LLNL's innovative Radiation Field Training Simulator (RaFTS) technology with Argon's widely respected track record in the creation of simulation software and hardware.

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Argon delivers radiological simulator training equipment to the Edwin R Bradley Laboratory

Written by Steven Pike on 17 Mar 2020

Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. is delighted to announce the securing of a contract with the Edwin R Bradley Radiological Laboratory, United States Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear School (USACBRNS), Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, USA to provide a suite of cutting-edge simulator training equipment for the enhancement of radiological training of the US military.

The Edwin R Bradley Radiological Laboratory, based at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri is one of just a handful of radiological laboratories in the US providing military training in radiological and nuclear defence.

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LLNL and Argon Electronics sign cooperative research agreement to bolster realistic radiation training

Written by Steven Pike on 05 Mar 2020

Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) have reached a two-year, $2.55 million Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) that will facilitate the development of a game-changing, ultra-realistic radiation simulator tool for first responders.

The project, which has been funded by a Department of Energy Technology Commercialization Fund (TCF) grant, will combine LLNL's innovative Radiation Field Training Simulator (RaFTS) technology with Argon's widely respected track record in the creation of simulation software and hardware.

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Argon releases RadEye GF-10 SIM radiation training simulator

Written by Steven Pike on 03 Feb 2020

The provision of realistic hands-on radiation training is increasingly viewed as a fundamental factor in ensuring CBRNe, HazMat and emergency first response personnel are prepared to handle the challenging demands of radiological hazard incidents.

The newest addition to the Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. stable of radiation training simulators, the RadEye GF-10 SIM, promises to take the authenticity, repeatability and effectiveness of gamma radiation safety training to a new level.

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Argon adds UDR 13 and 14 simulators to its radiation training portfolio

Written by Steven Pike on 29 Jan 2020

Argon Electronics (UK) Ltd. is delighted to announce the addition of two new innovative radiation training tools to its simulator training portfolio.

The UDR-13 and UDR-14 simulators have been developed in partnership with leading nuclear measurement solutions provider Mirion Technologies, with the express aim of facilitating the creation of highly realistic, practical and hands-on radiation training exercises.

A core feature underpinning the technology of both the UDR simulators is the use of the latest technology Radsim GS series electromagnetic sources that enable the nature and characteristics of ionising radiation to be safely recreated.

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PlumeSIM provides Steel Beasts Pro with CBRN / HazMat capability

Written by Steven Pike on 18 Aug 2017

It is of increasing interest to both civilian and military organisation to incorporate support for CBRN Hazards into their training. In some instances this can be achieved by a standalone system such as Argon’s PlumeSIM. In other instances the desire it to have this capability incorporated into their own, existing systems, especially if the user is a military organisation with a need to simulate a scenario that includes a combination of hazards, including but not limited to CBRN.

Argon recognised this need and also acknowledged that it was not practical for these organisations to develop such a system; along with the broad and expanding range of physical simulators for all of the major CBRN detectors. The solution developed by Argon is the PlumeSIM API (Application Program Interface). This is a software component that enables PlumeSIM to be interfaced to third party Live and Virtual simulation systems.

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Argon granted ISO 9001:2015 and 14001:2015

Written by Steven Pike on 17 Jul 2017

Argon Electronics, a world leader in the development and manufacture of CBRNe and hazardous material detector training simulators and systems, today announced that it has been accredited to the sustainable, environmentally responsible ISO 14001:2015 standard as well as the new ISO 9001:2015 quality management standard.

ISO (International Standards Organization) defines parameters for compliance with the highest standards of quality, environmental responsibility, and other characteristics of world-class organisations’ operations across their materials, products, processes, and services.

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Argon delivers PlumeSIM CBRN training system to Austrian Defence School

Written by Steven Pike on 25 May 2017

The Austrian CBRN Defence Command based in Korneuburg have enhanced their CBRN training capability as a result of an investment in PlumeSIM, Argon’s live instrumented field and virtual tabletop CBRN / HazMat training system.

Supported by a number of RDS200 radiological simulators and LCD3.3 chemical warfare simulators, this new capability will enable the Command to implement a wide variety of tabletop and live field chemical warfare, HazMat and radiological CBRN exercises without the need to use any form of chemical warfare agent of simulant, or radiological sources. 

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Argon celebrates 30 years in business and releases a new eBook

Written by Argon Electronics on 13 Apr 2017


Argon Electronics, the global leader in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear (CBRN) and HazMat training systems, celebrates 30 years in business this month and, in commemoration, has released an eBook that explores the three key types of Chemical Warfare Agent (CWA) training: Live Agent Training, Simulant Agent Training and Simulation Training.


“It seems only a relatively short time ago that discussions with Essex County Fire and Rescue Service relating to their desire to enhance radiological hazard training after the Chernobyl reactor accident resulted in Argon entering the field of CBRN simulation” reflected Steven Pike, Managing Director and Founder of Argon. “Fast forward some 28 years, and our training systems, underpinned by numerous patents and commercial relationships with many of the world’s leading detector manufacturers, are in use throughout the world to enhance CBRN training.”

To celebrate this achievement, Argon has launched a new website and has also released an eBook, which will help those organisations reviewing their CBRN and HazMat training consider some of the options available. “This is our first eBook, and the contribution from David Butler BEM, a former military officer at the UK Defence CBRN Centre Winterbourne Gunner has ensured interesting reading. At a time when hardly a month passes without mention of a CBRN related incident in the news, the need for organisations to ensure they are well prepared has never been greater.” affirmed Pike.

The eBook considers a number of factors relating to effective Chemical Warfare Agent training - including health and safety, regulatory burdens, the environment and costs.

The new eBook is available to download, free of charge, from the Argon website.

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Argon to debut COMAH training system at Hazardex 2017

Written by Argon on 02 Mar 2017

For the first time at Hazardex 2017 in Runcorn Argon will be demonstrating PlumeSIM-SMART, a new innovative solution to managing and mitigating the consequences of  offsite releases. PlumeSIM-SMART enables chemical and radiological releases to be simulated permitting monitoring teams, management and emergency responders to train, test and verify their offsite emergency response plans to ensure compliance with COMAH regulations and SEVESO directives. 

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