Sensory Analytics is recognized with a Technology Innovation Leadership Award for an in-process method of measuring coating thicknesses down to sub-micron levels

December 9, 2021

SAN ANTONIO— As coatings become increasingly thin and are applied within tight tolerance limits, the ability to measure accurate, precise, and uniform layer thickness during production allows manufacturers to capture in-process defects and eliminate product waste.

A non-contact measurement system developed by Sensory Analytics is reported to improve coating quality by providing precise, in-line measurement of coating thickness down to sub-micron levels. The coating measurement technique employed by the Sensory Analytics SpecMetrix® systems uses ruggedized optical interference (ROI) technology to perform in-line process control, according to a release from the market research and consulting firm Frost & Sullivan, which recognized the capability recently with a 2021 Technology Innovation Leadership Award.

Sensory Analytics’ optical measurement system consists of proprietary algorithms, software, and three-part gauging systems. According to Frost & Sullivan, the system is well-positioned to address existing and emerging challenges faced by customers in the automotive, aerospace, battery, building materials, electronics, and packaging industries.

“SpecMetrix® algorithms and software calculate coating layer thickness to provide precise coating thickness measurement data as output,” said Isaac Premsingh, senior consultant at Frost & Sullivan, in the release. “It is the only technology that can provide a substrate-agnostic direct absolute thickness and basis-weight measurement solution for all wet and dry coatings within the measurement range. This technology’s diverse application and stage-gate efficiency have led to its wide-scale global deployment and subsequent commercialization and strong customer acquisition success.”

The ROI technology is reported to be a more reliable in-process method for measuring the thickness of  metal coil coatings, and is mainly requested by manufacturers of architectural metal cladding, roofing, HVAC systems, appliances, electronics, and lithium-ion battery electrodes. It is said to solve the problems that industrial customers would face as a result of using traditional methods to measure pigmented or opaque coatings.

“Sensory Analytics pushed the limits of conventional optical interference to create a new white space that has now become a standard in optical thickness measurement, solving unmet challenges and providing unprecedented levels of process data,” Frost & Sullivan said in the release.

“Innovation is at the core of Sensory Analytics’ value creation framework, with R&D taking the largest portion of total spend every year,” said Premsingh in the release. “With a focus on developing commercially viable technology solutions that meet unsolved industrial customer needs, the company has consistently created innovative SpecMetrix® product offerings that are properly aligned with evolving trends in end-market segments.”

Frost & Sullivan presents the Technology Innovation Leadership Award each year to a developer of advanced products with innovative features and functionality that are gaining rapid acceptance in the market. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the enhanced customer value that it enables, the company said.

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