Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD) today joined Chesapeake Testing President and CEO Jim Foulk, Harford County Economic Developer Jim Richardson and members of the Harford County Council to help launch the company's new three dimensional X-Ray scanning technology that will help test helmets, body armor and vehicle armor used by U.S. troops on the frontlines. The state-of-the-art technology will provide Chesapeake Testing's customers in defense, law enforcement and homeland security with a better understanding of how much damage different types of armor and ballistics can sustain.
"Chesapeake Testing helps save the lives of our warfighters by testing the quality of the helmets, body armor and vehicle armor they use on the frontlines," Congressman Ruppersberger said. "This company is investing not only in the security of their country, but in their community by supporting local education and workforce development programs. I am proud to represent them in Congress."
Engineers at the Belcamp-based Chesapeake Testing will use the new system to study the "before" -- if there are any flaws or defects in the construction of the armor. They will compare that information to the "after" -- what kind of damage is done.
The new system is the first of its kind in the United States and among only three in the world. Other applications for the new technology also include the aviation, automotive and electronics industries, according to Foulk.