Security

Safer World With More Transparency

Safer World with More Transparency

  • Shipping containers made of carbon fiber composites are much more “scannable.”
  • The scans allow faster scans by inspectors who can cover more of the traffic flow.
  • Smugglers' (and worse) ability to hide contraband (or worse) in shipping containers is reduced with more scannability.

The Problem

At any given time, there are 17 million intermodal shipping containers moving around the world, nearly all made of steel. They move 90% of the world's non-bulk cargo and are indispensable to world trade. They also are used by smugglers, black market players, and even would-be terrorists -- ne'er-do-wells who hide contraband in the containers.  U.S. Customs officials are able to scan less than 5% of the containers. They estimate the rest of the world has a 1% inspection rate.  This means that between 95% and 99% of the shipments go unchecked.

The Solution

CrossLink Composites' proprietary processes allow manufacturers to have carbon fiber composites tailored to the situation, combining tensile strength, modulus, toughness and other properties to make strong, durable intermodal containers.  Importantly, these containers are more transparent to X-rays and other detection technologies.  This allows faster scans by Customs agents, who can cover more containers faster.

National Science Foundation (NSF) & America's Seed Fund (SBIR.STTR)

CrossLink has been awarded multiple grants from the National Science Foundation


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