Zooming in on the technical tasks of GRINNER, we asked Daniel Odili, Director of Business Development at Varex Imaging Sweden AB to give an insight into the company’s operations.

In my role, I spearhead the integration of cutting-edge imaging solutions into diverse industrial applications. Key responsibilities encompass evaluating and overseeing novel strategic business opportunities, initiatives, partnerships, alliances, and joint ventures within the technical realm. Additionally, I lead the planning, design, due diligence, and execution of strategic business objectives with a strong focus on technical implementations in niche industrial markets.

Varex Imaging Corporation is a leading independent supplier of X-ray tubes and image processing solutions. From medical imaging to cargo screening and border security, our components are used by X-ray imaging system manufacturers around the globe to detect, diagnose, and protect.

Our products are designed to harness the power of X-ray energy to pioneer advances in many applications. We offer a wide range of products, including X-ray tubes, X-ray detectors, high-voltage connectors, X-ray collimators, ionization chambers, mammography paddles, solid-state automatic exposure control systems, buckies for digital imaging, X-ray acquisition software, post-processing software for any imaging modalities, including AI algorithm.

Our goal is to help our customers become world-class system suppliers by strengthening their competitiveness and enabling them to bring products to market faster. Our rich history spans 75+ years of dedication to the imaging industry, but our everyday work is devoted to our partners’ success.

Despite our young age, Varex Imaging Corporation has a rich history of experience dating back to the 1930s, when Jack McCullough and Bill Eitel created Eimac Products. Eimac quickly became known for producing high-quality, high-power transmitter tubes and relocated its manufacturing operations to Utah after receiving a large military contract in 1941.

Foreseeing the end of the war, Eimac Products began to expand its expertise to include new tube types, such as television cathode ray tubes (CRT) and microwave tubes for radar applications. Eventually, Eimac would merge with Varian in 1965.

As Varian grew to a global household name in X-ray imaging, it became apparent that a “spin-off” company would be needed to operate the ever-expanding imaging components business. For this purpose, Varian Medical Systems created Varex Imaging Corporation on January 1, 2017. Together, the two companies can concentrate their efforts on the unique needs of each business and pursue distinct opportunities for long-term growth and profitability in the imaging industry. Varex Imaging acquired Direct Conversion in 2019 and is proud of its extensive range of photon counting and traditional X-ray detectors that provide high-quality imaging for radiographers, dentists, and engineers around the world.

At the heart of GRINNER X-ray Inspection System is Varex’s X-ray imaging technology which has been implemented within diverse industrial x-ray applications. We will deploy our line scanning photon counting technology that delivers high quality images at high speed, adding real benefits to the identification and discrimination of materials in conveyor belt solutions.

We will work with GRINNER technology partners to implement our advanced X-ray imaging solutions, and develop a high technology readiness level prototype system for detecting batteries in WEEE products. Our scope of work includes GRINNER project interaction and coordination with stakeholders, design and development of early prototype solution for data gathering, design and develop multi-energy photon counting technology, image acquisition and control software and joint development of full x-ray prototype for data gathering, testing and validation at various WEEE recycling facilities.  

We believe that transitioning toward a circular and lower-carbon economy by reusing and recycling end-of-life products enables us to maximize value for our customers while reducing our environmental impact. Together with our suppliers and partners, we endeavor to create a responsible supply chain that drives quality and efficiency while addressing human rights and environmental impacts. GRINNER project enables us to harness the power of collaboration, creating cost effective X-ray imaging solutions in response to the changing needs of our society. As we continue to grow, we want to empower communities, generate growth, and unlock new opportunities while keeping people and the planet healthy and safe.