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Flash X-ray Systems (FXR)

ATI has produced and sold Flash X-ray Systems for more than 45 years and has a world-wide reputation for quality, reliability, durability and customer technical service.  Most of our systems produced since the 1960s are still in operation today. Our modular design and backwards compatibility has given our customers the ability to upgrade existing equipment with current state-of-the-art technology.

ATI offers a full line of flash X-ray systems.  These include systems with a nominal voltage of 150 kV, 300 kV, 450 kV, 1 MV and 2.3 MV, the largest commercially available system on the market.

X-ray Sources X-ray tubes

Flash X-ray systems provide a unique method of imaging very fast events which cannot be captured using normal photographic techniques. X-ray images can be obtained in 20 to 50 nanoseconds even through smoke, fire and metal. Even under the harshest conditions precise details of a test event can be recorded.


Tubes are available both for direct mount and for remote tube head configurations. We also have multiple head machines that allow an event to be recorded from multiple angles at the same time or in a rapid-fire sequence.


Remote X-ray Controller Remote Power Supply


How are our products unique?

  • Using Flash X-ray systems provides a unique method of imaging very fast events, which cannot be captured utilizing normal high speed and ultra-high speed photographic techniques.   Flash X-ray images can be obtained in 20 billionths of a second looking through all types of debris as a result of a ballistics or explosive event  such as smoke, fire, plastics and metal.

What makes their use a critical enabler for important testing?

  • The L3 offers  Flash X-ray System from 150kV to 2.3MeV that provides a “burst” of  X-rays with substantial  X-ray penetration and extremely short X-ray exposure times that produces stop-motion radiography of high-speed projectiles, fragments, internal components, target dynamics, energetic materials and other dynamic parameters  involved in the study of rapidly moving objects.

Why is the testing important?

  • The Flash X-ray technology has become the primary imaging and engineering diagnostic tool on nearly every ballistic and explosive test range worldwide.  Without Flash X-ray imaging the Scientist, Physicist nor Engineer would not be able to record precise internal details and structures of their dynamic test events.  More importantly Flash X-ray Imaging enables the researcher to validate engineering models and designs which are primary to the development of nearly every military weapon and protection system supporting the warfighter past or present.

What are some interesting uses to which our systems have been put?

  • Testing and Imaging Capabilities:

    • Explosively Formed Projectiles

    • Improvised Explosive Devices

    • Shock Dynamics

    • Hyper Velocity Impact Studies

    • Shaped Charge Jet Profiles

    • Energetic Materials
  • X-ray crystallography

  • Thermobaric Reaction

  • Kinetic Penetrators

  • Ballistic Flight Dynamics

  • Motion Analysis

  • Body Armor and Helmets

What are some of our technology innovation in radiography?

  • ATI has worked hard to keep up with the demanding requirements of our Test and Evaluation customers.  Recently we have incorporate a number of innovation such as:

    • Full remote control High Voltage Power Supply (HVPS)

    • Fiber optic interface

    • Object oriented system control software

    • Fully Integrated remote control “All in One” Trigger generator, Delay Generator, and Pulse Event timer (XCON)

    • Full remote control gas controls

    • Plug and Play X-ray tubes

    • Oil filled cable that will not break down even with use with 1MeV
  • Right angle and straight line remote tubeheads for all voltages

  • 450kV and 1Mev capacity system for greater X-ray penetration

  • Specialized X-ray sources and X-ray tubes

  • Soft and mono-chromatic X-ray imaging

  • Ballistic imaging stations

  • Mobile X-ray facilities for ballistic test ranges

  • Integration of computed radiograph and DR imaging as the primary image acquisition


Dependable Innovation.