2015 Global Composite Nondestructive Testing Equipment
Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award
Frost & Sullivan Commends MWI Lab's Vision in
Developing a Breakthrough Nondestructive Testing
Technology for Composites and Advanced Materials
MWI's novel technology makes it a potential leader in the innovation, design and
commercialization of electromagnetic antennas
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the
composite nondestructive testing (NDT) equipment market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Material-
Wave Interactions Laboratories, LLC (MWI Lab) with the 2015 Global Frost & Sullivan
Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award. The increased use of composites and advanced
materials in the automotive and aerospace industries is creating a host of challenges with respect to
material inspection and testing. In this scenario, MWI Lab is emerging as a game changer with its
cradle-to-grave approach to testing of composites. The MWI NDT technology can test materials
across the manufacturing process, right from raw materials (raw resins, adhesives, webs, mats) to
semi-finished (honeycomb/foam blocks, laminates) and, finally, the finished structures (radomes,
canopies, wing structures).
MWI Lab's unique and patented technology employs Gaussian beam polyrod antennas and
electromagnetic linearly polarized resonant loop sensors (E-pods) across a broad microwave (MW)
spectrum. These sensors are incorporated into NDT solutions for in-process quality control (QC) or
quality assurance (QA) during manufacturing. The company's solutions include reel-to-reel scanners,
defect detection systems, insertion loss devices, reflection loss devices, in-process uniformity
scanners and handheld scanners.
"MWI Lab's technology and solutions are likely to become the standard of advanced composites
testing for in-process QC during manufacturing and QA for the continual improvement of existing
and new composites," said Frost & Sullivan Principal Lead Nikhil Jain. "No other composite NDT
technology currently matches MWI Lab's broad application base or ability to provide real-time testing
without damaging the material."
MWI Lab's peer companies tend to use traditional NDT methods for testing of composites and do not
possess MW NDT technology for in-process testing of advanced composite materials. They also
lack the ability to measure absolute MW composite material properties such as permittivity,
permeability, complex impedance and conductance.
In addition, MWI Lab's composite NDT testing antennas weigh only a few pounds, can be mounted
within inches of the test material with spot sizes smaller than 3 inches square, and provide
continuous data feeds at in-process manufacturing line speeds.
"Significantly, the price of MWI Lab's technology is comparable to traditional NDT technologies, and
the company offers additional options of rentals or outsourced test services," noted Nikhil. "Besides,
it presents outstanding cost savings to end users that opt for in-process testing of advanced
composite materials. Research shows that the production efficiencies of midstream or upstream
composite manufacturers that have implemented this solution have more than doubled from 46
percent to 98 percent."
Furthermore, MWI Lab's provision of real-time, in-process testing enhances customer value by
drastically lowering inspection time for composite testing and scrap. Compared to competitive
solutions such as X-ray and ultrasonic NDT, MWI Lab's technology decreases scrap by as much as
80 percent and cost by 310 percent. These savings are derived by shrinking sample preparation
time from hours to seconds, and sample sizes from square yard to square inches.
For delivering a clearly superior technology in the composite NDT equipment market, MWI Lab richly
deserves Frost & Sullivan's 2015 Global Entrepreneurial Company of the Year Award.
Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that has demonstrated excellence in
devising a strong growth strategy and robustly implementing it. The recipient has shown strength in
terms of innovation in products and technologies, leadership in customer value as well as speed in
response to market needs. In short, the award looks at the emerging market players in the industry
and recognizes their best practices that are positioned for future growth excellence.
Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global
markets for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as
leadership, technological innovation, customer service and strategic product development. Industry
analysts compare market participants and measure performance through in-depth interviews,
analysis and extensive secondary research to identify best practices in the industry.
About Material-Wave Interactions Laboratories, LLC (MWI Lab)
Material-Wave Interactions Laboratories, LLC (MWI Lab) is an award-winning leader in the
innovation, design, and commercialization of electromagnetic antennas for the nondestructive testing
(NDT) of composites. MWI Lab is becoming the standard of advanced composites testing for in-
process QC during manufacturing and QA for the continual improvement of existing and new
composites. Composite engineers today struggle to perform NDT on these critical materials "cradle-
to-grave", from raw materials, to semi-finished goods, and finally to finished parts. MWI's
breakthrough intellectual property & technology produces unequaled NDT antennas, test systems, &
test services for advanced composite industries.
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