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Globally Matched SonoTools Streamline Component Inspection

Elk Grove Village, IL — February 3, 2016

Automated acoustic micro imaging tools in different manufacturing plants can often produce different images of defects in identical components. Resolving these differences to qualify component quality acceptability can be difficult and time-consuming.

Automated C-SAM® systems, such as the ‘dual tray - dual scanning’ DF2400, that give precisely the same image of a given component at all of a company’s locations have now been introduced by Sonoscan and are already at work in multiple plants worldwide.

Called Globally Matched SonoTools™ (GMST), the new systems unleash the full potential of automation, calibration and consistency to image and qualify large numbers of components with a minimum of human attention. At any of a company’s locations, a technician selects the scan recipe for a component, pushes a button, and gets fully comparable results. There are no discrepancies to discuss with other manufacturing locations.

The new systems differ sharply from the more common non-automated laboratory type systems and from unmatched production systems. More details can be found in an article in the February issue of Evaluation Engineering magazine or from

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Sonoscan, Inc. 2149 E. Pratt Blvd., Elk Grove Village, IL 60007. Phone 847-437-6400. Contact Bill Zuckerman x237. Email; web

About Sonoscan®: Sonoscan is the leading developer and manufacturer of acoustic microscopes and sophisticated acoustic micro imaging systems, widely used for nondestructive analysis of defects in industrial products and semiconductor devices. For over 30 years, Sonoscan’s attention to customer needs and investment in R&D has created systems that set industry standards for speed and accuracy. Key products include C-SAM® systems for off-line and laboratory analysis and FACTS2™ for automated production inspection.

Through its SonoLab division Sonoscan applications engineers, with experience totaling more than two centuries in acoustic microscopy, assist hundreds of customers annually in solving materials problems and quality control issues. SonoLab operates applications testing laboratories in multiple global locations to serve the inspection needs of customers that do not have their own capability.