I am the marketing communications manager at NDC Technologies, and I admit that all my life I’ve been a “techno geek.” And that’s because I like to know how things work. I’m fascinated by technology and the science behind it. I’ve always worked with companies that produced or promoted industrial B-to-B technical products. And it’s also a big reason on why I joined NDC Technologies. We develop cool technology that’s used to perform a wide span of measurements across a broad scope of applications.
We’re All About Technology-Based Solutions
To give you an overview, NDC delivers key measurement and control solutions to manufacturers. Our range of technologies include laser, ultrasonic, infrared, gamma, beta, x-ray and terahertz. This diverse spectrum of technologies allows us to provide the most accurate, reliable and appropriate solution to meet a customer’s unique measurement needs and overcome specific measurement challenges.
For example, we offer laser-based measurement technology to accurately measure the diameter and ovality of round products such as cables, wire, tubes, hoses, pipes, rods and bars. This is really important because a product with an “out-of-tolerance” diameter or roundness can dramatically affect product performance.
The Truly Versatile Near Infrared
Our near-infrared sensors reliably measure moisture across a broad scope of applications including food, industrial materials (powders, granules, etc.), tobacco, paper, film and coatings. (More on paper, film and coatings below.) Our infrared sensors can also measure key constituents such as fat, oil and protein – critical process parameters that affect the taste, texture and quality of food products. Tightly controlling the level of these parameters enables manufacturers to produce a consistent product. And this determines the overall quality that drives customer satisfaction.
Technologies that Measure Thickness and Other Parameters
Along with our infrared technology, we use X-ray, gamma, beta, optical and terahertz technologies to perform a diverse range of thickness measurements including plastic film thickness and barrier layer thickness. For example, these measurements play a huge role in helping to ensure that the packaged foods you buy from local supermarkets retain their freshness and flavor. In the converting industry, we again use infrared technology help to control the moisture and coatings on paper, film, foil, labels and tape so these products provide the performance you need for everyday use. We even offer a haze technology to measure the optical quality of transparent materials such as optical films, solar panel films, anti-glare films, agricultural films, packaging films and more.
More on Length and Speed
I mentioned laser-based technology earlier. This technology is also used in other applications to perform non-contact length and speed measurements. We use laser doppler velocimetry (a sophisticated technique) to accurately measure the length and speed of any moving flat, round or other shaped product during production. An example is its use in metal processing applications. Our non-contact laser gauges enable metal manufacturers to control the length and speed of billet and slab casters, cutting operations, product elongation in mills and thickness tolerances in cold rolling mills, to name a few. A notable application is automobiles where this technology enables manufactures to achieve the high-quality production of thinner, stronger, more lightweight products.
You can see now why I’m so excited about our technology. It’s because we offer the broadest range of measurement technologies in the industry. And these technologies are really transforming processes operations at customer locations around the world. Our customers are benefiting from the value these technologies offer. It helps them to enhance production processes, increase productivity, boost process efficiencies and deliver the highest quality products.
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