All Nippon Airways Spearheads Quick and Quantitative Composite Inspection Method
February 21, 2014 – BELTSVILLE, MD – Imperium, Inc. today announced that Boeing has
included a procedure for using Imperium’s ultrasonic imaging device, the Acoustocam™, in its
787 Dreamliner Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) manual. The procedure provides a method to
inspect the 787 Dreamliner’s carbon fiber-composite airframe in the field quickly and
“It is wonderful to see our technology validated by a world-class organization such as Boeing,”
said Bob Lasser, President and CEO of Imperium. “The increased prevalence of composite
structures requires a new set of inspection tools, and these tools must be fast and easy to use
in the field while still providing customary quantitative ultrasonic data. Clearly, our Acoustocam
suits this growing need.”
Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company and a leading commercial aircraft manufacturer,
publishes NDT manuals that contain maintenance and inspection procedures for its aircraft.
Boeing’s procedure for the Acoustocam™ is available to all 787 Dreamliner owners. The
procedure, entitled “Part 4 – Ultrasonic Inspection of BMS 8-276 Solid Laminate Fuselage
Structures for Damage (Ultrasonic Camera),” helps NDT inspectors capture real-time, highresolution
ultrasound images of composite structures.
Hiroshi Kobayashi, Senior Manager of Structural Engineering at All Nippon Airways (ANA), said
that the Acoustocam™ produced superior results over other NDT devices and was “very helpful
in capturing the image of internal structures quickly.” ANA, Boeing’s largest 787 Dreamliner
customer, initiated the Acoustocam™ procedure development process in 2013.
Founded in 1996, Imperium develops and markets handheld ultrasonic devices to NDT
professionals who need to inspect quickly large surface areas while maintaining sub-millimeter
image resolution. The lack of heavily trained personnel drove the Company to develop the
Acoustocam™, which generates subsurface images that are easily understood and interpreted.
Headquartered in Beltsville, Maryland, Imperium conducts all engineering, development, and
manufacturing (including full semiconductor processing) in its 6,000 square foot facility. With
clients around the world, Imperium is dedicated to delivering top-quality, user-friendly ultrasonic
imaging products for use in a variety of industrial applications. For more information, visit
Imperium’s website at www.imperiuminc.com.