The Advent of the Aerotropolis and the Need for Maximum Airport Security

In his book, Aerotropolis, Professor John Kasarda discusses the rise of the global airport-based economy, arguing that the cities which develop the airport infrastructure necessary to sustain significant air-traffic are bound to prosper in ways similar to the cities that developed port or railroad infrastructures in previous times. Reality seems to bear out his argument. Witness the meteoric growth of a city like Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, which already boasts the largest airport terminal in the world. Likewise, cities in the United States with state-of-the-art airports are witnessing boom-times. Denver International Airport in Colorado, Dulles International in Northern Virginia, and Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, with their similarly oversized capacities for handling passenger and cargo volume, are witnessing staggering economic growth around their perimeters.

If airports are the key to the economic survival of cities caught in the throes of global competition, then airport security is one of the most fundamental sectors needed to sustain that survival. Not only must airport detection devices protect the passengers and cargo of each individual plane that takes off from a given airport, but they are – like it or not – responsible for protecting the GDP of the regional economy where they’re located. It’s a giant task for a man-sized device, but modern airport security systems are increasingly “up to it.”

Today’s airport security scanners can detect essentially any harmful substance or object that could be used to the detriment of passengers or air-cargo. We at Metal-Craft & Riverside Engineering ought to know, since we machine airport security scanner components for companies whose machines are in airports throughout the world. Riverside uses their specialized Aluminum Vacuum Furnace Brazing process to manufacture heat sinks and cold plates which are inside the security scanner. The job of these heat sinks and cold plates are to remove the heat generated by the electronics inside and make sure the scanners stay at a cool operating temperature and don’t over heat. Sounds like a small job in the scheme of things, but in reality, it’s an important component in a complex machine.

These machines are not limited simply to North America or Europe; these companies have devices in service in airports in China, India, and elsewhere. With the future of airports looking to be a bright one, we foresee an ever-growing need for the types of components we fabricate at our twin facilities. Keeping people and the skies safe is a large responsibility; Metal Craft and Riverside are right there to help the companies responsible for this never ending task.

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