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Busy Times in the Radonova Lab – Nearly 30,000 Detectors Analyzed in One Week

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May always equates to a seasonal peak for Radonova. This year, the world’s leading radon laboratory beat previous records for the number of detectors analyzed in one week. Oscar Wännerud who is responsible for Radonova’s laboratory, comments on the season high:

– In May, we enter our most intensive period when it comes to incoming deliveries of radon detectors. In many countries, the radon measurement season ends at the end of April, resulting in a peak of incoming detectors. This year we peaked in the third week of May when we analyzed a total of 29,626 detectors. It is a historical record for Radonova and another acknowledgment that we are the world leader in radon measurement and analysis.

Maintaining quality standards and rapid analysis in the face of increased digitization

– One of the biggest challenges during this part of the season is to keep the analysis time down. This was achieved even though there were huge volume pressures on the laboratory. It’s worth stating that customers should register their information via My pages. By doing so, they are guaranteed to get the shortest possible analysis time.
– At our laboratory we have a committed and competent workforce with extensive experience in the radon industry, increased digitization and automation means that we are scaling-up our operations but never at the expense of quality.
– As a service we are constantly evolving and questioning established routines. We believe it is always possible to improve processes to ensure smoother operations.

The significance of new legislation

Since the EU’s new Radiation Protection Directive (2013/59/Euratom) began to be applied in 2018, Europe’s employers have become responsible for controlling the radon content in workplaces.

– We have seen a clear increase in the number of companies measuring radon in the work environment. Given the health risks that elevated radon levels causes, it feels good to be part of a team that is ensuring that fewer people are exposed to high radon levels. Remember it is easy to measure radon, both for private individuals and employers. Our customer service team is always keen to speak to anyone who has questions or is uncertain about how to go about conducting a test.

Read more about radon and its risks here» 

For more information on radon and radon measurement visit www.radonova.com.
For more information, please contact Bill Rounds, President of Radonova
Phone: +1.331.814.2201, E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

British Columbia Lung Association to Provide Radonova’s Test Kits for Home, Workplace and School Radon Monitoring

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Through its partnership with Radon Environmental, the British Columbia Lung Association (BCLA) is providing Radonova’s radon detectors to consumers to offer a fast, efficient, and accurate way to find out if your home, school or workplace has potentially hazardous indoor radon levels. The detectors supplied by the BCLA gives the public the option of choosing either a short or long-term test kit. All test kits provided are recognized by Health Canada and C-NRPP certified. This news follows on from The Lung Association – Ontario also announcing that it would be offering Radonova’s state-of-the-art radon monitors to the general public.

“The air you breathe, regardless of where you live or work, is important to your health. The BC Lung Association is committed to protecting your breathing and that’s why we are excited about being able to offer a variety of radon test kits for the public,” said Christopher Lam, President & CEO of the BC Lung Association.

The two alpha track radon detection devices the BCLA will be making available to the public are Rapidos and Radtrak². Rapidos is a short-term radon measurement test kit that captures a measurement of radon levels over a 10-30 day period. Measurement reports are available from Radonova’s laboratory within 1-2 weeks after the laboratory has received the detectors.

Both accurate and flexible, Rapidos is one of the most effective and flexible ways to measure radon in residential buildings, workplaces and schools.

Radtrak² is Radonova’s flagship long-term radon test kit and tests home’s and workplaces  for radon over a sustained period, as encouraged by Health Canada. With ultra-high accuracy over a prolonged period of time, it provides a full and clear perspective on the risk of radon exposure in the tested location.

Radon is an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas that can accumulate to unnaturally high and dangerous levels in homes and workplaces. Young people and children are more vulnerable to radiation as they have higher respiratory rates than adults. However, consumer knowledge on how to detect Radon and meaningfully reduce exposure is still relatively low.

Bill Rounds, President at Radonova, said: “Our work with the various Lung Associations in Canada highlights that the general public and businesses are gradually becoming more aware of the dangers of radon. Radon is a global health problem that is estimated to cause 230,000 cases of lung cancer each year¹. A recent report by the World Health Organization states that radon should be regarded as a carcinogen on a par with tobacco smoke². The technologies we offer ensure customers are receiving a reliable, high quality measurement that will aide in helping individuals make decisions about their home’s indoor air quality.  Living with high radon is truly an unnecessary health risk. Elevated radon levels in the home can easily be reduced, but you have to test to know.”

Radon Environmental President & CEO, Alan Whitehead commented: “We’re delighted to have expanded our Radon Testing Device and Service Agreement with the British Columbia Lung Association, to provide our extended range of Radonova short term (Rapidos) and long term (Radtrak²) alpha track radon detection devices. We supply many local health authorities and public testing initiatives across Canada and our partnership with the BCLA will lead to increased public awareness and radon testing in British Columbia. Radtrak² has the largest range of detection of any alpha track device and the Radonova laboratory is the only ISO17025 certified alpha track testing facility of its kind, so our clients can be confident in the lab analysis and its QA process. One of the features that our clients like the most is RadOnline, Radonova’s online customer portal. Through MyPages, customers can easily input measurement data, retrieve reports, and have an overview on every project, in real-time.”

To learn more about radon testing and to purchase a test kit, BC residents can visit here. Short and long-term radon tests include delivery of confidential lab test results.

Radonova is the laboratory of choice for numerous government radon surveys, as well as other public and private sector large scale measurement contracts around the world.  A truly global laboratory, Radonova is active in over 50 countries and has performed millions of measurements.

For more information on radon and radon measurement visit www.radonova.com.
For more information, please contact Bill Rounds, President of Radonova
Phone: +1.331.814.2201, E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

¹ Environmental Health Perspectives, 31 May 2018, https://ehp.niehs.nih.gov/doi/10.1289/EHP2503.

² World Health Organisation, ‘Guidelines on Housing and Health’, 27 November 2018, https://www.who.int/sustainable-development/publications/housing-health-guidelines/en/.

Radonova Intercomparison Receives High Marks from PHE

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Radonova Laboratories has achieved outstanding results in a preliminary comparative reference test performed by the state-owned PHE (Public Health England). The intercomparison tests were performed at five different radon levels – Radonova participated with two different types of detectors for each exposure. In all ten cases, Radonova’s results differed by less than 4% from the respective reference value.

During the reference test, radon detectors were exposed to different levels of radon. The results are then compared to the official reference values ​​as dictated by PHE. Radonova’s detector Duotrak had a particularly small deviation where three out of five tests deviated by less than one per cent from the reference value.

Demanding test
“For several years, Radonova has regularly been involved in this type of comparative reference test. We are consistently given high marks but are still very pleased by the fact that this is probably our best result so far. It feels particularly good when we are constantly working on developing and refining our radon detectors as well as instruments and measuring methods,” said Radonova Laboratories CEO, Karl Nilsson.

“PHE’s comparative reference test is among the most demanding in the industry. It tests both low and high exposures which places particularly high demands on reliability. We are always looking to offer our customers the highest quality technology and take this as an acknowledgment that we continue to be at the forefront of the market for radon measurements,” comments Bill Rounds, President of Radonova.

The radon detectors were subjected to exposure between 137 – 2180 kBqh/m3. PHE is expected to publish the report towards the end of 2019.

For more information on radon and radon measurements visit www.radonova.com.
For more information, please contact Bill Rounds, President of Radonova
Phone: +1.331.814.2201, E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

Radonova’s Newest Product – Robin

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Earlier in the year, Radonova took the strategic decision to broaden its range of radon measurement technologies by adding several advanced instruments and products to its portfolio via the acquisition of the radon measurement instrument division of Gammadata Instruments.

Here we take a more in-depth look at ROBIN, one of the state-of-the-art radon monitors developed and manufactured by Gammadata, which is compact, light and suitable for all types of ventilation control facilities where there is a need to monitor radon levels.

Industrial ROBIN

Renowned for its stability and rugged aluminium design, ROBIN is an industrial radon sensor for ventilation applications such as air handling units, roof fans and radon evacuation fans. For industrial radon detection, there are two versions of ROBIN offering different measurement ranges: 0-400Bq/m3 and 0-4000Bq/m3. Each unit is factory calibrated with traceable industry standards.

ROBIN measures radon air levels and converts the concentration to an accurate output signal. The sensor can be connected to a fan controller, PLC or any other analog input signal device.

The sensor has high immunity to EMC and can withstand interference from thyristor controllers. The radon sensor can be deployed as a fixed installation and is placed in ventilation ducts, air handling units or just in a room. Due to its design, ROBIN functions independently of air flow conditions and can measure accurately in both laminar and turbulent airflow.

Technical Specifications for ROBIN 0-400 Bq/m³ and ROBIN 0-4000 Bq/m³:

Measurement principle: Filtered diffusion to high voltage measurement chamber
Detection principle: Alpha spectrometry
Output signal: 1-10 V
Measurement range: 0-4000 Bq/m³
Maximum measurement range: 0 – 100000 Bq/m³
Accuracy: Typically within 25% @ 200 Bq/m³
Time resolution: From 1 h
Connection: 4-pole connector block
Weight: 240 g
Dimension:  Length 60 x Width 76 x Height 45 [mm]
Power supply: 12 V DC or 10 – 30V AC/DSDC(two models).
Power consumption: < 50 mW
Temperature Storage: 0 – 70
⁰C
Temperature Operation: 0 – 60
⁰C

ROBIN in Mining

For the mining industry, a reinforced version of ROBIN is available for fixed installations in underground environments. The mining version of ROBIN measures the radon in air and converts the concentration to a proportional output signal.

The default measurement range is 0-4000 Bq/m³, but this can be easily customized on request. As with other versions of ROBIN, the radon sensor has a high immunity to EMC. Protection against humidity is achieved by additional painting on the PCB and the provision of a thermal load in close proximity to the detector which duly prevents condensation.

Technical Specifications:

Measurement principle: Filtered diffusion to high voltage measurement chamber
Detection principle: Alpha spectrometry
Output signal: 1-10 V
Measurement range: 0-4000 Bq/m³. Range is customizable.
Maximum measurement range: 0 – 100000 Bq/m³
Uncertainty: Typically within 25% @ 200 Bq/m³
Time resolution: From 1 h
Cable gland: M20
Connector: Shielded Cable with 4 leads. Internally to 4-pole connection block.
Weight: 240g
Dimension: Length 80 x Width 76 x Height 45 [mm]
Power supply: 10 – 30 V AC or DC
Power consumption: 60 mA at 24V
Temperature Storage: 0 – 70
⁰C
Temperature Operation: 0 – 60
⁰C
Humidity: Improved protection against humidity

For more information on radon and radon measurement visit www.radonova.com.
For more information, please contact Bill Rounds, President of Radonova
Phone: +1.331.814.2201, E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

The Lung Association – Ontario to Provide Radonova’s Rapidos and Radtrak2 for Home, Workplace and School Radon Testing

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Through its partnership with Radon Environmental The Lung Association – Ontario is providing Radonova’s radon detectors to consumers to offer a fast, efficient, and accurate way to find out if your home, school or workplace has potentially hazardous indoor radon levels. The detectors supplied by The Lung Association – Ontario gives the public the option of choosing either a short or long-term test kit. All test kits provided are recognized by Health Canada and C-NRPP certified.

“The air you breathe, regardless of where you live, work, or socialize, is important to your health. The Lung Association is committed to protecting your breathing and that’s why we’re excited about this new partnership and being able to offer a variety of radon test kits for the public. Testing for radon is simple, convenient and inexpensive. With these do-it-yourself kits, it’s easy to follow the instructions included and test your home,” says George Habib, CEO of The Lung Association – Ontario.

Rapidos is a short-term radon measurement test kit that captures a measurement of radon levels over a period of 10 days. Online analysis and measurement reports are available from Radonova’s laboratory within 1-2 weeks after the laboratory has received the detectors. Both accurate and flexible, Rapidos is one of the most effective ways to measure radon in residential buildings, workplaces and schools.

Radtrak2 is Radonova’s flagship long-term Radon test kit and tests home’s and office’s for radon over a sustained period. With ultra-high accuracy over a prolonged period of time, it provides a full and clear perspective on the risk of radon exposure in the tested location.

Radon is an invisible, odourless and tasteless gas that can accumulate to unnaturally high and dangerous levels in homes and workplaces. Radon is the second most frequent cause of lung cancer, after cigarette smoking and the leading cause in non-smokers. Young people and children are more vulnerable to radiation as they have higher respiratory rates than adults. However, consumer knowledge on how to detect Radon and meaningfully reduce exposure is low.

Bill Rounds, President at Radonova, said: “We work with strategic partners, like Radon Environmental, to enable our products to be accessed by a wide variety of organizations. Remember, radon gas cannot be detected without the proper equipment. This means, while it is easily remedied when detected, cases of non-detection pose a great risk to humans in an unmonitored house, building or school. We offer state-of-the-art technology which mitigates this risk.”

Radon Environmental President & CEO, Alan Whitehead commented: “We are delighted to have teamed up with the Ontario Lung Association to provide Radonova’s short and long-term alpha track radon detection devices. We supply many local health authorities and public testing initiatives across Canada with these devices and our partnership with the OLA will lead to increased public awareness and radon testing in Ontario. Radonova is the world leader in alpha track technology, their laboratory is the only ISO17025 certified alpha track testing facility of its kind, so our clients can be confident in the lab analysis and its QA process. One of the features that our clients like the most is RadOnline, Radonova’s on-line customer portal. Through MyPages, customers can easily input measurement data, retrieve reports, and have an overview on every project, in real-time.”

To learn more about radon testing and to purchase a test kit, homeowners can visit here. Short and long-term radon tests include delivery of confidential lab test results.

Radonova is the laboratory of choice for numerous government radon surveys, as well as other public and private sector large scale measurement contracts around the world.  A truly global laboratory, Radonova is active in over 50 countries and has performed millions of measurements.

For more information on radon and radon measurement visit www.radonova.com.
For more information, please contact Bill Rounds, President of Radonova
Phone: +1.331.814.2201, E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

Radonova’s Busy Start to the 2019 Radon Conference Season

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Radonova kicked off a very busy upcoming radon conference season with back to back shows at the Las Vegas International Builders Show, the EPA Region 7 Stakeholders meeting in St. Joseph. MO, and rounding out the week with a ‘home-court’ event at the Midwest AARST Stakeholders Meeting in Oakbrook, IL.

2019 International Builders Show – Las Vegas, NV

At the IBS event, we joined one of our biggest partners, Radon Environmental Management Corp, at their booth. With the event focused on builders and new construction, radon testing and radon resistant new construction were a primary focus. REMC’s mitigation products, the Airwell and Radon Guard were on display alongside all of Radonova’s testing devices. A spot near the booth was in demand when Mike Holmes and Mike Holmes, Jr. stopped by for a Facebook live event promoting their ‘Make It Right’ mission and in support of REMC and Radonova’s Homles Approved products.

2019 EPA Region 7 Meeting – St. Joseph, MO

EPA Region 7 had a positive showing this year, hosted in Missouri and consisting of measurement specialists, mitigation contractors, and state officials from the entire region. Consisting of Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, and Kansas, this region is extremely hands on due to the higher radon concentrations typically seen in homes in the midwest. Kansas State University assisted with the production and both days were filled with engaging speakers and radon plans at the state levels to get all residents testing for radon. We had the privilege of having our own booth at this event and were happy to be partnered near Alpha Energy Laboratories, David Smith Radon Supply, and the NRSB certification board. For a quick trip, it was great to see a lot of our industry partners and supporters.

2019 – Midwest AARST Annual Stakeholders Meeting – Oakbrook, IL

MWAARST rolled into Oakbrook again March 7th and 8th. Being one of the largest and most attended AARST chapter events, talks and participants needed to be split into 2 days with record attendance being capped and closed BOTH days! Being right in Radonova’s backyard we definitely wanted to help out this year. In addition to being a gold sponsor in attendance with our own booth, between the two days we were able to have every Radonova employee in attendance. Thursday night, during the Radon Mingle, Radonova upped the ante and brought of some of the most delicious appetizer offerings Pinstripes had to offer. The evening capped off by dinner with a handful of industry partners, including some of our friends at Spruce and Eric Lewandowski from Professional Radon Systems and the AARST Board of directors. Not to mention, even the days speaker and passionate radon induced lung cancer survivor and advocate, Rachel Malmberg joined us! MWAARST has a lot of irons in the fire and Radonova cannot wait to get more involved and see the next chapter unfold under new president Dan Potter!

With no intention on slowing down, be sure to follow us on social media and be sure to catch up with us at a handful of events all throughout March and April.

Radonova Introduces Individual Date-Marking for Detectors Used in Radon Monitoring

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Together with the recently launched vacuum packaging, the unique date-mark ensures that the monitoring and analysis work can be carried out with the utmost reliability.

Tryggve Rönnqvist, technical manager at Radonova Laboratories, describes the benefits of date-marking the detectors:

“By date-marking each individual pack, we further increase the measurement certainty of short-term monitoring. If radon monitoring is carried out over seven to ten days after the detector has been stored for a year, this could have some effect on the result. Quite simply, it’s more difficult to measure lower concentrations reliably if the monitoring period is short and the storage time is long. Even though we’re talking about small deviations, we always strive to give our customers the most accurate monitoring results possible which is why we have updated the way we manage our inventory stock.”

Easier for stockists and customers with their own stock of detectors

“Above all, per device date-marking makes life easier for international stockists and customers who previously ordered date-marked boxes of radon detectors. Now they can quickly see how old each detector is and optimise their warehouse logistics accordingly. Real estate agents are another good example of businesses that benefit from clear date-marking. Monitoring is often fast and frequent in this segment and many agents, therefore, often have their own supply of detectors. By date-marking each device, we’ve made it easier to use the detectors in the right order.”

“Although our monitoring is already at the very forefront of reliability, clear date-marking of each detector and the newly introduced vacuum packaging helps us to offer even simpler, more reliable radon monitoring.”

The newly launched vacuum packaging provides a maximum storage time of eight months for short-term monitoring and three years for long-term monitoring.

Radonova also recommends beginning long-term monitoring within 18 months because the measurement uncertainty decreases the sooner monitoring begins. For further information about radon and radon monitoring, contact us here.

Radonova Expands North American Team

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Amber Szromba has joined Radonova’s North American operations as a Marketing and Administrative Coordinator.

Amber will be responsible for coordinating and managing Radonova’s presence at North American trade shows, negotiating sponsorships and sourcing and providing support for new marketing initiatives. In order to drive office efficiencies at Radonova’s corporate headquarters in Westmont Illinois, Amber will also be providing administrative support to the onsite executive team as well as supporting the Operations and Production teams from an administrative and departmental liaison capacity.

Bill Rounds, President at Radonova, said: “We’re delighted to have Amber onboard, as she joins a growing, ambitious team which is making great strides in the North American marketplace. Her experience will be essential in the months and years to come. By continuing to strengthen our team, we are ensuring our aggressive growth plans become a reality. We are leaders in our field due to a longstanding tradition of innovation, our ultimate aim is to become the de facto supplier of radon measurement technologies worldwide.”

Radonova is the laboratory of choice for numerous government radon surveys, as well as other public and private sector large scale measurement contracts around the world.  A truly global laboratory, Radonova is active in over 50 countries and has performed millions of measurements.

For more information on radon and radon measurement visit www.radonova.com.
For more information, please contact Bill Rounds, President of Radonova
Phone: +1.331.814.2201, E-mail: bill.rounds@radonova.com

Benjamin Portin sees opportunities at Radonova

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Settling into a new job isn’t always easy. Benjamin Portin, however, has quickly become a part of Radonova Laboratories. After starting as a temporary worker at Radonova, Benjamin now works full-time in the company’s production and analysis department.

“Naturally, it helps that, in my case, I worked at Radonova while I was studying. But I get the feeling that this is a workplace where you quickly become one of the team. It’s also a place where you have great freedom with responsibility. There’s very little micromanaging here, instead, everyone knows what needs to be done without needing instructions for each work stage,” says Benjamin.

Growth and strict demands have to be matched

As a world leader on a market with strict demands in all stages, the continued success is based on the company and employees being in sync. Promoting a corporate culture characterized by dedication and a willingness to learn is a key component. Another is that all employees see opportunities to develop.

“It’s nice to work at a company where you know that several of the managers started on the shop floor, like me. Anyone who is both driven and willing to learn has every opportunity to develop. This is a company and market that offers very exciting career opportunities,” continues Benjamin.

“Radonova is currently growing in several markets. At the same time, we’ve positioned ourselves as a company with very high quality, and the fastest delivery and analysis times on the market. In turn, this places strict demands on each individual employee. Everyone has an important role to play and we’re mutually dependent. Clearly this is a team effort,” comments Bill Rounds, President of Radonova.

The work itself is important

It’s estimated that more than 200,000 people a year die as a result of radon-related lung cancer. More and more countries are beginning to understand the importance of working to reduce exposure to radon.

“People’s knowledge of radon in general is still quite basic. At the same time, it’s clear that many people are surprised that understanding what the situation is where you live or work doesn’t have to be difficult. In many cases, remedying an elevated radon level doesn’t have to be particularly complicated either. Obviously, it’s more enjoyable to go to work knowing that what we do helps to influence human health for the better,” Benjamin concludes.

Benjamin studied the nature programme at upper secondary school. Today he works with production and the analysis of radon samples.

Radonova Launches a New Product for Safe Radon Monitoring in Soil

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Radonova Laboratories is launching a new detector that makes it safer and easier to monitor radon in soil. The new Ecotrak® detector can be used ahead of new builds and property modernisations and provides quick, reliable information on the amount of radon in the soil being tested.

Unlike other commonly used soil detectors, Ecotrak® is covered by international comparative tests. The detector is supplied in a Tyvek bag, which protects against moisture, dirt and other factors that could affect the result.

Ecotrak® does not have to be returned for immediate analysis, rather it can be collected and stored at stockists for a short period. This enables more streamlined handling and means that detectors from several different monitoring periods can be sent for analysis at the same time.

“Monitoring radon in soil is relatively simple. The challenge is to monitor it in such a way as to provide a reliable result. In part, this means that the product itself has to be high quality and able to withstand the stresses that are part and parcel of monitoring in soil. However, it also means using an accredited laboratory that takes part in international tests. This enables us to carry out fact-based comparisons with large amounts of reference data,” says Karl Nilsson, CEO of Radonova Laboratories.

“With the new Ecotrak offering we are  making it simpler and safer than ever to monitor radon in soil. No matter what type of construction is involved, there’s value in understanding the radiation source in the ground, and propensity for elevated radon emanations. What’s more, in some cases the local building committee requires a study into radon levels before granting building permits. Should monitoring show that the site is what’s termed ‘high risk’, construction methods can be modified, including radon barriers and other preventative methods,” says Bill Rounds, President at Radonova.

Ground radon in brief

Uranium and radium are the two elements that contribute to the levels of radon gas found in soil. Levels of radon gas can vary widely depending on the type of soil. As a general rule, the airier the soil composition, the higher the level of radon. Conversely, a more compact composition makes it more difficult for the radon to circulate in the soil.

Ecotrak® in brief

  • Covered by stringent international comparative studies
  • Not sensitive to moisture (large amounts of water do, however, affect the results)
  • Supplied in a protective Tyvek bag
  • Can be collected and stored for a short period (for efficient handling of multiple measurements)
  • Monitoring usually takes place over one to seven days
  • Can be used all year round (provided the soil is free of frost)
  • The recommendation is to use at least three detectors for the first 100 m² of the site where the property or construction will stand, and then it’s a good idea to have at least one extra detector per extra 50 m².

For further information about the new Ecotrak® detector, contact Radonova here»

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