Ludlum Measurements Blog

Our 'Featured Products' button is back

Posted by Carol Truitt on Mon, Sep 26, 2016 @ 16:09 PM



It had started off great.

Some months ago we had a Featured Products button that enabled you to click once and be presented with the latest developments in Ludlum Measurements, Inc. instrumentation and services. It was all lovely until that day that something happened and it all vanished. Attempts to bring it back were futile.

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Sept 20 & 21: Instrument Repair & Calibration Course

Posted by Carol Truitt on Wed, Aug 17, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Ludlum Measurements will be holding a Repair & Calibration class in conjunction with the South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society meeting.

This will be an intensive two-day training course that involves calibration, repair and maintenance on Ludlum manufactured instruments. The training is scheduled for Tuesday & Wednesday, September 20-21, 2016 to enable those participating in the South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society's Technical Meeting and Affiliates' Fair to get added value for their travel.

Note also that this Repair & Calibration course is approved for 32 continuing education credits by the American Academy of Health Physics. The cost for this class is $500 per attendee. For further details on covered topic visit the Ludlum Training Courses website page.

Class size is limited to 12 attendees, and has a 5-person minimum. Early registration & payment is encouraged. Accommodations and meals are not covered by the course fee. The course will break for lunch for approximately one hour each day.

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Topics: calibrate, repair, training

It's Almost Back to School Time

Posted by Carol Truitt on Mon, Aug 15, 2016 @ 14:08 PM

Ludlum Measurements will be holding a Repair & Calibration class in conjunction with the South Texas Chapter of the Health Physics Society meeting. The course, which has been granted continuing education credits by the American Academy of Health Physics, is planned for Sept 20 and Sept 21 to immediately preceed the meeting. It will cost $500 per person and will be held for a minimum of 5 registered attendees.

We will have more details soon, so watch this space.

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Topics: calibrate, repair, training, instruments

Health Physics Society Mid Year Meeting 2016

Posted by Larissa Place on Wed, Jan 27, 2016 @ 14:01 PM

The Health Physics Society 2016 Mid-year meeting is coming to Austin, Texas, January 31 to February 3. A broad variety of radiation protection subject matter is planned during the meetings, in addition to opportunities to visit the exhibition booths of related industries, included Ludlum Measurements.

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Topics: HPS MidYear Meeting

Shall We Meet?

Posted by Carol Truitt on Tue, Dec 15, 2015 @ 10:12 AM

Spokane, Washington is located in the USA’s Pacific Northwest, while Fort Lauderdale is sited along the Atlantic coast in southeast Florida. Other cities scattered across around the country include Las Vegas, Nevada, Lexington, Kentucky, Chicago, Illinois, and Charleston, South Carolina, and many others. Why do we mention them? We do so because at least one of these cities is bound to be within easy range of travel for you.

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Topics: exhibition, trade shows

Electronics Training Course in Austin with Austin

Posted by Mitch Moore on Thu, Nov 19, 2015 @ 15:11 PM

For those of you joining the Health Physics Society at their 49th Midyear Meeting and just can't get enough knowldege, then we have just the ticket for you! 

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Topics: training

The Answers Might be Blowing in the Winds

Posted by Carol Truitt on Mon, Nov 9, 2015 @ 10:11 AM

Ludlum Measurements, Inc. is a long-time contender in the radiation detection instrumentation industry. Fifty-plus years of innovation in designing state-of-the-art detectors, counters, scalers, and other items related to detection and measurement of radiation and contamination would seem to be enough to keep any company busy, but we have diversified our focus on nuclear power and its associated requirements to include wind-generated power.

Our company headquarters is based in Sweetwater, Texas, the administrative center of Nolan County. Due to its strategic location within the plains, ridges, and tablelands of the state, the wind is a near-constant force. With fossil fuels exacting steep costs both to the environment and to consumers’ pockets, ‘mining’ the wind became a huge growth industry in the early 2000’s.

Tall, some would say elegant, wind towers march across the landscape of west Texas. Trios of narrow blades, as sweeping and graceful as an arctic tern’s wings, rotate in near-silent stateliness that belies their genuine speed. The rotation causes the turbines to convert the moving air to electrical energy via a complex configuration of generators, converters, switches, and boards, and feed it to the transmission line far below near ground level. This is where the magic happens, where Ludlum Measurements’ engineers and technicians apply their expertise to the project.

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2015 National Nuclear Science Week Big Event

Posted by Larissa Place on Mon, Oct 12, 2015 @ 15:10 PM

The American Nuclear Society (ANS) Oak Ridge/Knoxville section is collaborating with regional and national organizations to host activities in Oak Ridge and Knoxville, TN, that will be featured for the 2015 Nuclear Science Week observance.

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Time to Review Those A, B, Gs

Posted by Carol Truitt on Mon, Aug 31, 2015 @ 07:08 AM

As evidenced by all the targeted merchandising, it’s back to school time in the USA, UK, and Canada. Pencils, pens, notebooks, PCs, and children’s clothing are being advertised to entice the consumer dollar through the doors during these weeks leading up to the school year. Other parts of the world community have similar marketing strategies prior to the start of their school years, too, although the academic year launches in other months. No matter when they’re held or how steep the discounts, getting ready to head back to school can be expensive. If only the classes were free!


In our industry we begin our schooling by learning our A, B, G’s – that is, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma, (along with Neutron) radiation. Conceiving, designing, engineering, perfecting, and manufacturing our famous line of instruments has kept our company in the ‘school of experience’ for over fifty years.

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Topics: training, alpha, beta, gamma, instruments

Is a Cable Able to Affect an Effect?

Posted by Mick Truitt on Wed, Aug 19, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

A question: Can changing the length of a cable used to attach a detector and instrument cause a difference in the readings obtained?

Sometimes the answer to a question is simply another question. Why would this be necessary? Well, do you want a good answer or not? (Did you see what we did there?) When a customer contacts Ludlum Measurements with a question regarding the application of one of our instruments we nearly always require more information in order to provide an accurate response.

For example, today’s question concerned the customer’s desire to know if a different cable length on a detector would require the instrument to be recalibrated to this new length. This is an excellent inquiry. Even so, it is going to generate an equally important question: What detector are you using with it?

Though we know the theory and could guess what would happen, we nonetheless performed some real-world testing to demonstrate its validity.

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