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IRT ANNOUNCES NEW CORPORATE FOCUS

 IRT ANNOUNCES NEW CORPORATE FOCUS
 SAN DIEGO, March 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Peter W. Sognefest, recently


appointed president and chief executive officer of IRT Corp. (AMEX: IX), today announced a new focus for the corporation in a luncheon address to the New York Society of Security Analysts. The corporation will concentrate on the sale of automated X-ray inspection products, the marketing of its new SECURE 1000 personnel security scanning system and the provision of radiation services through its linear accelerators. At the same time, the corporation will deemphasize certain highly customized products on the industrial side of its X-ray inspection segment.
 "We intend to focus on high growth markets that are particularly suited to IRT's automated X-ray inspection capabilities," stated Sognefest. "Most importantly, we will aggressively pursue opportunities in the electronic circuit board and automotive airbag arenas. IRT's highly automated X-ray systems allow manufacturers to inspect circuit boards and airbag components at production line speeds. As a result, manufacturers who demand the highest levels of quality can use IRT systems to inspect 100 percent of their critical components in these areas."
 Sognefest emphasized the tremendous growth potential in circuit board and airbag inspection. The corporation's sale of CXI systems, which perform circuit board inspection, has increased from approximately $2.4 million in fiscal 1989 to an expected $10 million for fiscal 1992, which ends March 31, 1992. This growth has been driven by the electronics industry's shift toward surface mount components and the continuing miniaturization of electronic devices.
 The corporation also expects the market for airbag inspection to grow rapidly as the automotive industry moves toward the installation of airbags in automobiles, light trucks and utility vehicles over the next several years. Sognefest noted that the corporation's orders for airbag inspection systems had increased from $600,000 in fiscal 1991 to $1.3 million in fiscal 1992.
 In his address, Sognefest also described the strong market potential for the SECURE 1000. The SECURE 1000 can detect metallic and nonmetallic weapons, explosives, drugs and other contraband concealed on a person. As a result, the SECURE 1000 can be used to increase security at airports, border crossings, nuclear facilities, prisons, courthouses and other sensitive locations. Sognefest noted that the corporation was pursuing SECURE 1000 sales both domestically and internationally. He announced that IRT had signed a letter of intent with a major European corporation regarding distribution of the SECURE 1000 in Europe, Africa and portions of the Middle East and Far East.
 While marketing these products in high growth niches, the corporation will continue to provide radiation processing through its two San Diego-based linear accelerators. Commercial customers purchase radiation processing services to enhance the color of gemstones, to sterilize medical components, to increase the strength, rigidity and temperature resistance of plastics through cross-linking and to reduce the recovery time of silicon diodes and transistors. The corporation has generated approximately 25 percent of its revenues through radiation processing over the last three years and expects that percentage to remain relatively stable for fiscal 1992.
 Headquartered in San Diego, IRT Corp. is a major supplier of industrial real-time X-ray systems, with more than 500 systems installed, and is the technology leader in automated X-ray inspection systems with computerized defect recognition capability. The company develops and manufactures inspection and process monitoring systems, including integrated systems for aerospace, automotive, electronics and ordnance applications. IRT also operates a commercial radiation processing facility that provides high-energy electron-beam processing for many commercial applications. The company's newest line of business is the SECURE(TM) 1000, a security scanning system scanning system used to detect concealed metallic and nonmetallic objects on individuals.
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 /CONTACT: Peter W. Sognefest, president and CEO, 619-450-4343, ext. 403, or Vicki L. Foote, 619-450-4343, ext. 402, both of IRT Corp./
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