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These Pacific Northwest National Laboratory staff members won a 2003 R&D 100 Award for the Product Acoustic Signature System (PASS): Front row left to right: Joe Harris, Todd Samuel; back row left to right: Juan Valencia, James Skorpik, Richard Pappas, Dennis Mullen, Brion Burghard, Kayte Judd, Brian Tucker, Aaron Diaz, Bill Cliff, and Larry Reid.

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Document Title: 2003 R&D 100 Award Winners: PASS
Category: People: Awards
Media Type: Photos
Date of Image/Photo: July 18, 2003
Background: The Product Acoustic Signature System (PASS) is an acoustic inspection device that uses ultrasonic pulse echo technology to non-intrusively interrogate and identify the contents of sealed containers. With PASS in hand, Customs inspectors can tell if the tanker truck or barrel in front of them contains crude oil, vegetable oil, or chemical weapons agents. PASS can also detect hidden packages and compartments and determine the container's fill level - all without having to open lids and conduct time-consuming, potentially hazardous physical sampling and searches. PASS was developed at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and is licensed to Mehl, Griffin, & Bartek, Ltd. which is manufacturing and marketing the device.
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