Royal Engineered Composites reports that it is the first North American aerospace composites company to add ‘time reversal’ technology to its non-destructive inspection capabilities. 

The technology, supplied by Zetec, a provider of non-destructive evaluation (NDE) inspection solutions, uses a phase array ultrasonic technology to help improve the efficiency and flexibility of inspection solutions.

Royal says that the investment in this technology will allow the company to support structural composite fabrication. It is under contract to provide such structural components to a tier-one supplier for a composite-intensive commercial aircraft, and Zetec's technology has increased the  potential of phased array UT technology, helping Royal exploit the capabilities of phased array ultrasonic technology to perform more efficient and reliable inspections.

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