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A Dutch SME offers an X-ray based screening technology to identify unknown materials like crystalline, amorphous and liquid materials behind thick barriers

Country of origin:
Country: 
NETHERLANDS
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TONL20201015001
Published
15/10/2020
Last update
02/11/2020
Expiration date
03/11/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Guidance and control
Apparatus Engineering
Optical Technology related to measurements
Other Non Destructive Testing
Sensor Technology related to measurements
Coatings and adhesives manufactures
Other industrial equipment and machinery
Other Industrial Products (not elsewhere classified)
Process control and logistics
Manufacture of other special-purpose machinery n.e.c.
Other manufacturing n.e.c.
Other professional, scientific and technical activities n.e.c.
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Summary

Summary: 
A Dutch SME developed X-ray based screening technology to identify unknown materials behind barriers or irregularities in materials or material layers. The SME seeks partners to develop application specific instruments based on the X-ray screening technology, for example in the security sector or the quality control of composites and metal parts for different industrial applications. The SME is interested in commercial agreements with technical assistance and technical cooperation projects.

Description

Description: 

A Dutch SME was founded in 2010 and has invented a new method for the screening of objects based on so called elastic and inelastic x-ray scattering.

The most important features of the technology are:
1. Very high energy x-rays are used, resulting in high penetration depths.
2. The x-ray signals coming back from the materials also have very high energy, so that the signals can be transmitted through the environment.

With this screening technology it is possible to identify and analyse crystalline, amorphous or fluid materials that are hidden behind barriers like for instance glass, composites, synthetic materials, aluminium, steel or other material barriers. Further the screening technology uses a software architecture that is highly scalable for online and interconnected systems.

The screening method has been tested and proven on a large variation of prototypes and in a large number of experiments. Proof of principles have been developed for various application fields like corrosion detection, security, defence applications and testing of new composites and other materials.

Application sectors where the new to use screening method will be valuable are:
• The airport and other security sectors: mail and parcel check for known consignors, cargo check, luggage check, laptop check, non-transparent bottle check and so on.
• The defence sector: explosive detection, weapon check and so on.
• Industry in general: quality check on component production, structure and integrity checks on materials and installations.
The technology can detect cracks and thickness changes of walls (for example oil tanks), corrosion problems behind coatings and other materials, in plates and in tubes, delamination problems (for example in layered printed circuit boards), homogeneity checks of layered materials, porosity problems in materials and so on.

The Dutch SME has a certified advanced high-energy x-ray laboratory in the eastern part of the Netherlands. The laboratory of approximately 100 square meters with 4 rooms for experiments on systems is very suitable for fundamental research experiments (open non-shielded experimental set-up, proofs of principle, proof of concept), but also in the near future for the testing and validation of industrial prototypes and first series.

The Dutch SME works in close cooperation with several partner companies to offer a new line of high-resolution detectors.

The Dutch SME looks for partners to develop research & development (R&D) projects and/or industrial applications in the before mentioned application sectors.
The Dutch SME is interested in commercial agreements with technical assistance with system integrators or manufacturers of applications based on x-ray screening technology.

The Dutch SME offers the x-ray based screening technology. The partner is desired to be the system integrator or the manufacturer of the application using the screening technology.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The most important advantages and innovations are: • The determination of a large variety materials that are hidden behind barriers. The barriers could also be made of a large variety of materials. • The use of very high energy x-rays, resulting in high penetration depths. • The x-ray signals coming back from the materials also have very high energy. This results in a strong signal transport through the environment and a strong detection of the signals. • The use of a software architecture that is very suitable for online and interconnected systems. • The SME has been involved in various national and European research and development projects and built up its network with applied research institutes in Germany and the Netherlands, specialized component companies, start-ups as well as established companies and high-end system suppliers.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
Type of partner: Industry Partners: System integrators or manufacturers of applications based on x-ray screening technology. Role of the partner: The partner is desired: 1. To be the system integrator or the manufacturer of the application using the screening technology. 2. To have access to the market or the network of endusers in the application sector. The partner may also be interested in research projects using x-ray based screening technology. The Dutch SME is the co-developer of the application and offers the x-ray based screening technology module or parts thereof. The main interest of the Dutch SME is focused on commercial agreements with technical assistance with above described system integrators or manufacturers interested in using x-ray based screening technology.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,University,R&D Institution,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500