Advanced Photonix® (NYSE MKT: API), announced that it has sold the first T-Gauge® 5000 system to a Fortune 500 aircraft component manufacturer. The T-Gauge® 5000 system will be used as an off-line nondestructive quality control instrument to provide inspection of components prior to assembly. The first system is planned to be installed in the industrial laboratory, where other products and processes can be evaluated. The T-Gauge® 5000 is upgraded to add XY or CT translation movement for subsurface inspection of defects at a later date. This system is expected to be the first in a number of systems deployed to this market.
The ability of terahertz energy to penetrate non-conducting materials allows inspection of products prior to assembly. The wide frequency content and high precision of the T-Gauge® 5000 terahertz source provides sensitivity to both physical and chemical changes in the product. Measurement of thickness, density, and certain material properties can be used to monitor the quality of the product being produced. Although initial work on application feasibility has been performed in conjunction with engineers at API, companies are beginning to take on this responsibility themselves allowing API to concentrate on just providing the terahertz sensor.
This is another step in the market expansion for our T-Gauge® 5000 system. The aircraft market, both commercial and military, is one of the pillars of our sales and marketing strategy. The fact that our customers are deploying our equipment for quality control is a testament to the high value that they place on the capabilities that terahertz measurement provides. We are the worldwide leader in deploying terahertz into manufacturing environments. We continue to work with our value-added re-sellers and OEM’s in application development for various markets and look forward to growing our sales and marketing channel in the coming fiscal year.
Advanced Photonix, Inc.