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Advanced Photonix Receives Contract for THz Measuring System

ANN ARBOR, Mich., May 17, 2012 — Concurrent Technologies Corp. (CTC) has awarded a $300,000 contract to Advanced Photonix Inc. (API) to deliver a terahertz system to support the US Air Force’s need for accurate coating removal on aircraft.

The contract will culminate with the delivery of the company’s new T-Gauge system and a sensor specific to the application in its second quarter of this fiscal year.

CTC, an applied scientific R&D services organization, was contracted by the Air Force to develop a robot-mounted laser ablation scanner capable of removing partial or entire paint layers from the surface of an aircraft. Paint removal requires very accurate thickness measurement of the various layers. API’s T-Gauge system, coupled with a high-speed line scanner, will play an integral role in the laser removal process.

The system will scan the surface and develop a 3-D map that will feed back to the robotic motion control and accurately move the laser for proper and accurate paint removal.

The T-Gauge system also could be used in industrial markets, said Robin Risser, chief operating officer for API.

After a short feasibility study, CTC amended the contract to include a high-speed scanning system to provide accurate measurement of the preablation coating. The commercial availability of the T-Gauge system enabled the company to accelerate the completion of its contract and reduce the development risk that was initially envisioned.

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