ANN ARBOR (WWJ) — Ann Arbor-based Advanced Photonix Inc. (NYSE: API) announced that it has sold the first T-Gauge 5000 system to a Fortune 500 aircraft component manufacturer.

The 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.

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API says the 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. Measurement of thickness, density, and certain material properties can be used to monitor the quality of the product being produced.

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“This is another step in the market expansion for our T-Gauge 5000 system,” said API CEO Rick Kurtz. “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 continue to work with our value-added resellers 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 builds optoelectronic sensors, devices and instruments used by test and measurement, process control, medical, telecommunication and homeland security markets. The company has three product lines: Optosolutions focuses on enabling manufacturers to measure physical properties, including temperature, particular counting, color, and fluorescence for medical, homeland security and process control applications. The terahertz sensor product line is targeted to the process control, to enable quality control, and security markets through nondestructive testing. High-speed optical receiver products are used by the telecommunication market in both telecommunication equipment and in test and measurement equipment utilized in the manufacturing of telecommunication equipment.

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