Process Industries

API Introduces the T-Gauge

April 3, 2012

The system has been developed for industrial quality and process control, using terahertz energy and high-speed data processing to perform nondestructive inspection of nonconducting products.


ANN ARBOR, MI /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Advanced Photonix Inc. (API), announces that it is introducing a new terahertz product at the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) in Orlando, FL. The new system, called T-Gauge, was developed for the industrial market to be used on the factory floor for quality and process control, including manufacturers of web processing and converting products.

The ability of terahertz energy to penetrate nonconducting materials, combined with the system's high-speed data processing, enables nondestructive inspection of web-based products with feedback for continuous process adjustments. The T-Gauge is nonnuclear and provides sensitivity to both physical and chemical composition changes in products. It has the ability to measure single and multi-layer thickness, density, and basis weight, and it can detect subsurface defect and delamination, which can be used to monitor process and product quality.

API is the "first company to commercialize terahertz technology and deploy it to the factory floor through the use of its patented fiber-coupled sensors." This enabling technology gives manufacturers the flexibility to mount the sensors on a scanning frame without contacting or impeding the product, and to collect more information than previously possible to control the manufacturing process for tighter tolerances, resulting in cost savings and improved quality.

"We are excited to introduce the T-Gauge system. This technology is aimed at replacing nuclear gauges while improving quality control and saving material at our customers. Web processing and converting is one of many markets we are working with globally to take the terahertz technology to the factory floor. API, along with our value-added reseller channel, is driving hard to optimize our product offering to meet the needs of the industrial market," said Richard Kurtz, CEO of API.

About API
Advanced Photonix Inc. (API) is a leading supplier, with a broad offering of optoelectronic products, to a global customer base. It provides optoelectronic solutions, high-speed optical receivers, and terahertz instrumentation for telecom, homeland security, military, medical, and industrial markets. With its patented technology and state-of-the-art manufacturing, it offers industry-leading performance, exceptional quality, and high value-added products to its OEM customer base.


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