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AJAT (Finland)

www.ajat.fi

AJAT is a specialised NDT engineering company with 12 full-time employees that designs, develops and manufactures, in house, X-ray digital imaging cameras.

AJAT founded on 2001, this young company already has strong national and international connections and is located at Espoo, Finland. In Fiscal 2003 ending 8-2003 AJAT had revenues of approx. 400kEuro selling its innovative cameras. It appears that AJAT is today in a unique position worldwide to provide direct conversion X-ray cameras based on CdTe-CMOS technology.

The reason for participation is that AJAT wish to maintain the lead position they have built for themselves at a cost level they cannot maintain internally. The dissemination of their technology, particularly in such a large industrial sector, is seen as a huge opportunity. The current situation is that systems have to be demonstrated before they are adopted, and R&D efforts and hence costs are too high to enable SMEs to take a role in this regard. Detector technology developed to this level will result in significant international sales.

Reasons for participating
The reason for participation is that AJAT wish to maintain the lead position they have built for themselves at a cost level they cannot maintain internally. The dissemination of their technology, particularly in such a large industrial sector is seen as a huge opportunity. The primary commercial interest lies in the market opportunities for fast highly accurate digital inspection technology. The current situation is that systems have to be demonstrated before they are adopted, and R&D efforts and hence costs are too high to enable SMEs to take a role in this regard. Detector technology developed to this level will result in significant international sales.

Contribution to project
Dr. Konstantinos Spartiotis, who holds a PhD in Physics, is the CEO and chairman of the company and will be a key member of the project. AJAT will develop and implement the next generation of direct conversion Dynamic Digital Imaging Arrays (WP-B), including a scanning solution. AJAT are in a unique position to achieve this by virtue of their experience and expertise in this field.

FilmFree is a collaboration between the following organisations: TWI Ltd, CIT Ltd, Balteau NDT SA, Innospexion ApS, OY AJAT Ltd, Advanced Technology Group s.r.o., Isotest Engineering S.r.l., Tecnitest Ingenieros SL, Trueflaw Ltd, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd, NDT Consultants Ltd, Technic Control Ltd Co, Industrial Control Machines SA, X-Tek Systems Ltd, Applus RTD, Nexus Engineering Ltd, Airbus UK Ltd, EADS CCR - Groupement d’Interet Economique, Wytwornia Sprzetu Komunikacyjnego PZL – Rzeszow SA, Total France, Rolls Royce plc, Advantica Ltd, DB AG, Helenic Society of Non Destructive Testing, Castings Technology International, Bulgarian Welding Society, Commissariat a l’energie atomiique, Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing, Technical University of Sofia and Politechnika Szcezinska. The Project is co-ordinated and managed by TWI Ltd. and is partly funded by the EC under the IP SME programme ref: Number NMP2-CT-2005-515746.