JCS takes great pride in supporting the Made in Bury Business Academy, a vital resource for local startups. Launched in 2016, the academy offers essential support during the challenging early years of business. Startups that engage with well-structured programs providing coaching, mentoring, and a robust support network experience significantly higher survival rates compared to national statistics.

Since its inception, the Business Academy has made a profound impact, aiding 125 Bury startups. Funding for this program comes from the Made in Bury Weekly £2000 Draw, a not-for-profit initiative licensed by Bury Council. Soon, this initiative will extend its support by providing interest-free loans to Bury businesses.

Beyond our corporate sponsorship, JCS Managing Director, Oliver Caunt, proudly serves as a Patron of the Academy. With 11 active Patrons, we play a hands-on role in guiding the program, offering mentorship to participants, and serving as a review panel for the interest-free loans funded by the Made in Bury weekly £2000 draw.

This initiative is truly exciting and unique, and we are honoured to be part of it. Local assistance, advice, and support are often elusive for startup businesses, making the involvement of its Patrons incredibly worthwhile.

This year the SRP celebrates 60 years of radiation protection and the AGM is being held in Aberdeen where, JCS are looking forward to once again joining the SRP community for the annual conference and exhibition.

Visit us on Stand 9 to see a demo and discuss any projects you have that we might be able to help with.

At the exhibition

We will be showcasing our range of instruments, shielding, and detectors and exhibiting our RMS30 gamma and neutron sensors, which, as a smart device, is gaining some serious traction across the UK nuclear landscape.

The RMS30 is designed to accept a growing number of JCS designed probes and accessories, which is continues to expand how and where the instrument can be deployed.

Key RMS30 Features

Dose rate ranges measured

Gamma Probes:

Neutron Monitor:

We will also be exhibiting:

  • Networked Radiation Monitoring Systems
  • Gamma Dose-rate Monitors
  • Installed Radiation Monitors
  • Handheld Radiation Monitors
  • Equipment Obsolescence & EOL Management
  • Radiation Shielding Materials, Standard & Exotic

Date: 25 – 27 Apr July 2023
Location: The Event Complex Aberdeen

The JCS GMS595 wide-range gamma dose-rate monitor

Industry award for the GMS595 wide energy gamma monitor partnership.

JCS are delighted to receive the award, along with AWE and Ploughshare for our combined partnership in the design, development, realisation and licensing of the GMS595 wide energy gamma monitor.

The GMS595 has been a significant development for JCS and has been a rewarding experience working so closely with the team at AWE. 

The GMS595 is a sophisticated gamma dose-rate monitor developed by JCS Nuclear Solutions alongside the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

“The GMS595 is a world-class monitor that addresses some fundamental challenges in the world of radiation detection and measurement, providing data from a single device that is highly accurate, consistent across a wide temperature range and requires no time to stabilise.”

AWE, which has been working with Ploughshare Innovations since September 2019 to commercialise innovations from areas including materials science, added:

“This is truly ground-breaking technology that represents the best of British design and engineering. We are very proud of this project and value the enormous effort that the team at AWE have contributed to its success."

THE GMS595

Find out more about our wide range gamma monitor

JCS Nuclear Solutions awarded Cyber Essentials Plus certification in recognition of high cyber security standards & practices.

Cyber Essentials Plus certification is a prerequisite for organisations applying for defence, civil nuclear and critical national infrastructure projects in the UK.

We are committed to ensuring that our customers can rely on the highest standards of security & compliance. The Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation underpins our commitment as a key supplier of materials and equipment to the nuclear & defense sectors.

“At JCS, we are focused on embracing the very highest standards. Our commitment to achieving the Cyber Essentials Plus certification is part of our continuous improvement philosophy and reflects our commitment to cyber safety for all our stakeholders”

The Cyber Essentials Plus accreditation is an endorsement that JCS is a company that takes cyber security very seriously. It demonstrates our understanding of the growing importance of cyber security for SMEs and our commitment to the UK Government Cyber Security initiatives.

cyberessentials_certification mark plus_colour

Cyber Essentials is a government-backed scheme designed to help businesses protect themselves against cyberattacks, as well as prove their competency to potential customers. The program is split into two tiers with the top-level “plus” tier, which JCS has achieved, requiring an on-site audit. This higher level of assurance involves completing the online assessment followed by a technical audit of the systems that are in-scope for Cyber Essentials. This includes a representative set of user devices, all internet gateways, and all servers with services accessible to unauthenticated internet users.

The certification was awarded by IT Governance, an independent certifying body for the Cyber Essentials program, which conducts assessments and reports the outcome to the scheme administrators – the Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) consortium.


Scintillation Detectors

Over 45 Years of Collaboration

At JCS we believe that the ideal detector design comes from a close collaboration where understanding your measurement requirements allows us to provide the exact detector you need.

"We work closely with you to understand your measurement challenges and optimise the detector design to answer them."

Optimising a detector to your requirements

It has always been our ethos that bespoke solutions, unique to each project, can deliver the best combination of material and electronics for your design.

Selecting the best scintillation material for your radiation detector depends strongly on the application. Important considerations to determine the optimum choice are:

Measurement

○ Radiation Type
○ Expected Energy Range
○ Anticipated count-rate
○ Acquisition requirements

Constraints

○ Environmental conditions
○ Experimental/use restrictions
○ Size restraints
○ Budgetary targets

Material

○ Mechanical & optical properties
○ Resolution
○ Density & atomic number (Z)
○ Decay time

Electronics

○ PMT type
○ Plug-on or integrated divider
○ Connector type
○ High voltage requirements

Measurement

○ Radiation Type
○ Expected Energy Range
○ Anticipated countrate
○ Acquisition requirements

Constraints

○ Environmental conditions
○ Experimental/use retrictions
○ Size restraints
○ Budgetary targets

Material

○ Mechanical & optical properties
○ Resolution
○ Density & atomic number (Z)
○ Decay time

Electronics

○ PMT type?
○ Plug-on or integrated divider?
○ Connector type?
○ High voltage generator?

Detector Range

We’ve been supplying radiation detectors since 1975 and in that time have built up an industry-leading portfolio of solutions and product expertise.

Our comprehensive range of scintillation detectors covers a wide range of applications. Recent projects include pulsed-shaped discrimination for neutron/gamma detection in plutonium assay, decommissioning, and high dose spectrometry.

Our detector materials include:

  • Standard Scintillation Crystals
  • Liquid Scintillators
  • Plastic Organic Detectors
  • Novel Detector Materials
  • Integrated or Demountable Electronics
  • Analytical Electronics & Software

See our materials table here >

 Contact us to start the collaboration:

+44 (0) 161 763 3334

Alpha/Beta SiPM

The Scionix thin Alpha/Beta SiPM Scintillation detector continues to impress, with a built-in temperature compensated bias generator & preamplifier.

Features

  • Pulse rise time (0-100%): 150 ns (betas) & 1μs (alphas)
  • Pulse fall time (1/e): 1.2 μs (betas) & 3 μs (alphas)
  • Gain: Approx. 75 mV/MeV(betas) & Approx. 500mV /5.48 MeV (alphas)
  • Noise level: < 50 keV (betas) @ 22 degrees C

PSD

The detector used allows the user to perform Alpha/Beta pulse shape discrimination measurements.

Further Info >

SiPM MCA

The Brightspec Topaz-SiPM, a miniature MCA designed specifically for SiPM detectors.

With a size of only 7 x 4.5 x 2.6cm, the Topaz-SiPM is the smallest of the Topaz MCA series and very likely the smallest fully-featured MCA on the market today.

TOPAZ-SiPM is a compact, stand-alone digital Multi-Channel Analyser (MCA), that is able to perform Pulse Height Analysis (PHA) of the signal produced by scintillation detectors which incorporates Si devices as photomultipliers (SiPMs). 

Further info >>>

A ground-breaking radiation detection technology developed to support the UK’s nuclear deterrent is being made available to nuclear, national security, policing and counter-terrorism organisations.

The GMS595 is a sophisticated gamma dose-rate monitor developed by British company JCS Nuclear Solutions alongside the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE).

It is the most sensitive gamma radiation monitor available and is capable of making fast and accurate measurements. 

Unlike conventional gas-filled detectors, the technology used in the GMS595 is not affected by temperature or pressure and does not need time to ‘warm up’. This significantly reduces the time the operator has to wait to have an effective detection capability from two minutes down to just two seconds. It also operates across a wide energy range, removing the need for the CBRN operator to maintain, take, and monitor multiple devices when in the field.

AWE, a delivery partner for the UK’s nuclear deterrent programme, has been successfully using the GMS595 monitor for more than two years to ensure safe gamma levels are maintained across its sites. The technology is now being brought to market through a licensing deal with Ploughshare Innovations, the Government technology transfer organisation that takes research created across government departments and commercialises it to deliver societal impact.

JCS Nuclear Solutions envisage a number of organisations could benefit by using the GMS595 over traditional gas-filled monitors. These include, for example, nuclear, police, fire and first responders in HAZMAT situations such as traffic accidents involving vehicles carrying a radioactive source. They could also potentially be used by homeland security CBRN units that respond to potentially radioactive threats. 

Oliver Caunt, Managing Director at JCS Nuclear Solutions, said: “The GMS595 is a world-class monitor that addresses some fundamental challenges in the world of radiation detection and measurement, providing data from a single device that is highly accurate, consistent across a wide temperature range and requires no time to stabilise. 

“This is truly ground-breaking technology that represents the best of British design and engineering. We are very proud of this project and value the enormous effort that the team at AWE have contributed to its success.

“Ploughshare Innovations have been instrumental in getting this technology over the line and bringing it to market for use by organisations in policing and security and in a wide range of applications in the nuclear, health and radiation clean-up industries.”

Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, CEO at Ploughshare Innovations, said: “We are excited to be partnering with JCS Nuclear Solutions to license its world-class technology and bring it to a wider audience. Ploughshare Innovations enables game-changing solutions from UK government investments in science and technology for the benefit of our economy and society as a whole, and this is another great example.

“This advanced, accurate and highly convenient product has the potential to revolutionise gamma radiation monitoring, turning technology developed for defence use into something that can be used by organisations that strive to protect and reassure the public.”


JCS Nuclear Solutions have been putting its 3D printing resource to good use, in support of our local NHS Fairfield hospital, in Bury. ​

3D printing for the NHS

While production prototyping has been put on hold during the Covid-19 safety measures, JCS has been able to safely put the 3D lab to good use and supply the first batch of face-mask buckles (ear-savers). 

3D printing for the NHS

JCS Nuclear Solutions have been putting its 3D printing resource to good use, in support of our local NHS Fairfield hospital, in Bury. 

While production prototyping has been put on hold during the Covid-19 safety measures, JCS has been able to safely put the 3D lab to good use and supply the first batch of face-mask buckles (ear-savers). 

“We are delighted to have been able to divert this resource in support of Fairfield Hospital”

 Oliver Caunt (MD) Continues:

“We do not have the largest 3D printer, but we have optimised the face-mask buckle design, and they have come out very well, and will go some way to help make the NHS staff working life a little more comfortable during this exceptional time.”

We were delighted to hear back from Rachael Graham, the HR Business Partner & Donations Co-ordinator for the Fairfield Hospital, who let us know that the mask protectors were put into successful use straight away:

“On behalf of all of the staff at Fairfield Hospital, Bury, and Bury Community Services, a heartfelt thanks to JCS Nuclear Solutions for their kind donation and production of Facemask Buckles. They have been very well received, and have meant that working long days with a facemask have become a bit more bearable. It’s wonderful to have the support of a local business at these challenging times.”

 

3D printing for the NHS


During these testing times for our nuclear community, we’d like to update you on current operations at JCS.

JCS is open for business, maintaining our ability to support deliveries of our detectors, instruments and shielding materials.

Operational

The JCS team are all working effectively and safely from home in accordance with government guidelines, and closely monitoring the rapidly changing Covid-19 situation.

Deliveries continue, and we are processing shipments for our customers both in the UK and internationally whilst meeting safety & security requirements. 

Communications

To maintain continuity of our daily operations we have deployed secure online project workspaces for several of our existing projects, facilitating communication and regular updates for JCS staff, our delivery partners and customers. These are working very successfully. 

Video conferencing has taken the place of face-to-face meetings for the time being, and we are able to work with your preferred platform, such as MS Teams etc. We’re thankful at this time for our robust and secure IT infrastructure.

We are in daily contact with our key suppliers and partners and remain confident in our ability to meet your requirements.


JCS is a small business, as are a number of our key partners and suppliers. We are very grateful for the support we have received from our customers and supply chain. We are very proud to be a part of such a supportive community and will continue to do all we can to offer support in these unprecedented times. 

We ask our customers and suppliers to be understanding in the inevitable disruption we are all experiencing, and feel confident that we are doing everything we can to enable business continuity. During this time, we recognise flexibility is more important than ever, and the health and well-being of all our team and external is our utmost priority.



We wanted to reassure you that in respect of the spread of COVID-19 outbreak we are focused on two things: the health and welfare of both our customers, suppliers and staff; and our ability to continue to support customers and suppliers in all scenarios. We are therefore sharing with you some of the specific actions that we have taken.

Prior Preparation

We have a Business Continuity Plan in place and we are confident we can ensure continued operational effectiveness. Our plan identifies the requirements for the business to function under different scenarios.

Operational

  • We are able to work remotely without disruption to communications or IT infrastructure
  • We are in daily contact with our principal suppliers regarding the ability to support existing manufacture and deliveries
  • We are in daily contact with our customers who are expecting deliveries of equipment
  • We are communicating with our customers potential disruption to our ability to supply
  • We have identified urgent parts and spares that we need to hold stock for, to provide continuity of supply
  • Where we cannot secure stock of parts, or are experiencing longer lead times, we are communicating this to our customers
  • We are ensuring that we support our supply chain in terms of their own business continuity plans

Communications

  • We have cancelled all external travel and site visits in line with government recommendations
  • We have abundance of digital tools and platforms available for telecommunications and web conferences, especially for our customers who are working from home, including email, GoToMeeting conferencing, Skype, MS Teams and our regular phone numbers
  • We can happily set up screen shares and video conference calls to keep technical meetings and discussions active
  • We have a secure online project management platform for external collaborations on larger projects.

 

JCS is a small business, as are a number of our key partners and suppliers. We are very grateful for the support we have received from our customers and supply chain. We are very proud to be a part of such a supportive community and will continue to do all we can to offer support in these unprecedented times. 

We ask our customers and suppliers to be understanding in the inevitable disruption we are all experiencing, and feel confident that we are doing everything we can to enable business continuity. During this time, we recognise flexibility is more important than ever, and the health and well-being of all our team and external is our utmost priority.



The RMS30:

"A flexible & intuitive radiation detection system"

The System

Designed to be flexible and intuitive, the JCS RMS30 operates a growing range of custom designed gamma & neutron probes and is the go-to solution for a broadening range of applications across our nuclear sector.

Flexibility underpins the operation of the RMS30 where sample time, counting period, alarm thresholds (per probe) can be defined by the operator.

The RMS30 can be portable (battery-powered) or mains-powered, bench or wall-mounted, have variable cable lengths for probes and even a remote alarm module to accommodate a multitude of measurement scenarios.

Features:

  • Dual channel input
  • Accepts a variety of JCS designed smart probes
  • Recognises probe-type
  • Supplies correct voltage to all system probes
  • Network Capabilities
  • User-defined units: sV/h, CPS, rem/h
  • Displays data (e.g. μSv/h) from 1 or 2 probes
  • Logs data to internal memory for PC retrieval by USB
  • Portable

Further Info >

Uses

The RMS30 accepts a growing number of JCS designed probes and accessories, which will further extend how and where the instrument can be deployed.

The RMS30 is currently being used for:

  • Decommissioning
  • POCO
  • Area gamma monitoring
  • Area neutron monitoring
  • In cell radiometric profiling
  • Remote monitoring
  • Obsolescence management
  • Facility monitoring
  • Underwater monitoring

More information on the RMS30 here >

Case Study

Live animal monitoring in the Chernobyl exclusion zone

An innovative portable detector for the live-monitoring of radionuclides in small terrestrial animals in the Chernobyl exclusion zone.

Radionuclide measurements in wildlife are required to demonstrate that the environment is not significantly impacted by radioactivity. Determination of internal radionuclide activity concentrations often requires destructive sampling. Development of alternative (non-lethal) measurement methods is therefore desirable.

Read more … > 


Next Exhibition

SRP Annual Conference 2020

We will be showcasing our range of instruments, shielding, detectors and exhibiting our RMS30 gamma and neutron sensors which, as a smart device, is gaining some serious traction across the UK nuclear landscape.

This year we’ll also be demonstrating the BrightSpec MCA range, their new dedicated SiPM MCA and their bGamma, gamma spectroscopy software.

When: 28 – 30 Apr 2020

 

 

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