Direct Conversion Opens Application Innovation Centre in Munich

Direct Conversion AB,  based in Stockholm Sweden, has opened its Application Innovation Centre in Graefelfing, Munich. The facility showcases Direct Conversion’s advanced photon counting X-ray products, allowing customers to see for themselves the latest X-ray imaging technology in action.

Direct Conversion AB designs and manufactures advanced, photon counting detector technology for industrial and medical X-ray imaging. The company was created by combining the world-class technical expertise of two respected imaging brands, Ajat (Finland) and XCounter (Sweden). Direct Conversion’s unique pixelated, hybrid detector technology combines highly sensitive, direct converting CdTe detector material with advanced signal processing in its proprietary electronic circuitry (ASIC), on a small scale, at very high precision.

The detectors are characterized by their extremely high speed (up to 2000 fps) of operation and their ability to handle clinically relevant X-ray fluxes (up to 10 9 events/s/mm²). In addition, the software provides all the necessary corrections for artefact-free imaging. As a result, they produce sharper images and a better signal/noise ratio than conventional detectors and enable spectral imaging to better separate different materials.

The Centre has designed around Direct Conversion’s innovative concept of product development, so dedicated customer application solutions for non-destructive testing of batteries can be refined and tested in situ in the initial stages, avoiding costly evaluations at point of delivery further down the line.

CEO Spencer Gunn explains, “I am very excited by what we have created. The customer can come in, see demonstrations using our detectors, explore integration examples and try out imaging applications of their own. This will allow existing and potential users of our detection systems to grow their confidence in our solutions and the detectors’ abilities.“

And looking ahead Spencer adds, “Direct Conversion will be able to broaden its application experience and present our detectors in their best light which means an easier route to long term customer relationships and improved services.”

Specialists from target sectors will tour shielded X-ray laboratories and examine self-shielded X-ray equipment for industrial imaging applications and quality inspection testing. Also on show is an industrial AXI system for high-speed applications and a universal CT-setup for industrial feasibility studies.

Adding depth to the customer experience, Direct Conversion will be running workshops, seminars and training focused on all aspects of its disruptive technology and there will be ongoing proof-of-principle (POP) and proof-of-concept (POC) studies.

Located in Munich’s “biotech triangle”, the Centre will further strengthen Direct Conversion’s collaborative work with the neighbouring Technical University Munich (TUM) and the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität (LMU).

A two-day inaugural symposium marked the opening recently with guest speakers from industry including talks on X-ray inspection of polymer batteries in automotive and mobile applications and the quality control of lithium-ion batteries using X-rays.

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