Advanced Photonix (API) Reports Record Terahertz Shipments in December

January 3, 2013 12:03 PM EST Send to a Friend
Advanced Photonix (AMEX: API) has built and shipped a record number terahertz systems in December 2012. Of the four systems shipped, two of the systems were part of a three system order previously announced for the Japanese market. The other two systems were part of the Appleton Paper strategic alliance, also announced earlier.

On August 1, 2012, Advanced Photonix® announced the sale of three T-Gauge® systems to the Company's Japanese distributor for deployment on a manufacturing line providing 100% inspection and quality control of packaged products. This is the first industrial deployment of terahertz in Japan. The T-Gauge® systems will inspect individual packages for contaminates or anomalies in a powder. This high-speed application was jointly developed by API and our distributor. The system will scan each individual package in five seconds using both imaging and waveform analysis to determine product quality.

On September 5, 2012, Advanced Photonix® announced a strategic alliance and the sale of two systems to Appleton Paper, a specialty coating developer and manufacturer of thermal, carbonless, security and specialty papers. Appleton will utilize terahertz energy to perform various critical measurements in order to provide inspection and quality control of current and newly developed coated products. The ability of terahertz energy to penetrate non-conducting materials allows for the inspection of solid and liquid products that have already been packaged. The wide frequency content and high precision of the T-Gauge® system provides sensitivity to both physical and chemical changes. Measurement of thickness, density, and certain material properties can be used to monitor the quality of the manufactured product.


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