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Science & Research

Designed in close collaboration with the scientific community

Industrial progress begins with research – and Comet Yxlon is right there to support it. Through long-term relationships with research institutions, Comet Yxlon stays abreast of the latest requirements in the various fields of science. Based on these close collaborations Comet Yxlon has developed a wide range of CT inspection systems and CT functionalities specifically for use in research, with exceptional versatility and flexibility.

From Megalodon teeth to carbon bikes, from soil samples to medical implants – Comet Yxlon supports science and research with cutting-edge X-ray and CT inspection systems.

Covering a wide range of applications and fields of research:

Material physics (carbon and composite materials, batteries)

Additive manufacturing

Mechanical Engineering (assembly, metrology, in-situ)

Biology (morphology, zoology, evolutionary biology) and paleontology

Digitization of museum and university collections


Cultural assets

Pharmaceutical research

Plastic injection molding




How X-ray and CT inspections can support materials physics

How X-ray and CT inspections can support materials physics

From carbon-fiber reinforced plastics to solid-state batteries – material science covers an extremely wide field of applications and materials. X-ray and CT inspection with Comet Yxlon systems is a major driver in the fast and accurate analysis of critical parts and components.

Carbon and composite materials

Composite parts such as carbon-fiber reinforced plastics (CFRP), glass-fiber reinforced plastic (GFRP), or wood fiber composites (WFC) aim to be lightweight and stiff at the same time, which makes them challenging to produce in perfect quality. Quality control usually focuses on fiber direction, density, and distribution as well as typical carbon defects such as delamination, pores, and air inclusions.

Battery material research

Lowering cost and weight, increasing performance, reliability, and efficiency – the development of batteries e.g., electric vehicles require improving every part, from underlying chemistry to packaging. Battery material research has become a hot topic for scientists: new designs like solid-state batteries, the analysis of components, and long-term studies drive the optimization of batteries and their materials, like cathode and anode materials.

Research and development in additive manufacturing

Since it is very important to determine the correct printing parameter set for each alloy, researchers and developers in additive manufacturing (AM) usually print small test specimens (often cubes or cylinders) with different parameter sets. Comet Yxlon X-ray tech helps scientists to analyze and evaluate the quality of the specimens, e.g., their relative density as well as the number, positions, and geometrical qualities of individual pores.

Research and development in additive manufacturing
Combining tensile and X-ray testing in mechanical engineering

Combining tensile and X-ray testing in mechanical engineering

While conventional tensile testing reveals the tensile and compressive strength of a material, it does not give information on which exact physical changes to the internal structure occurred during the inspection. Combining in-situ tensile testing, heating or cooling and X-ray technology supplies materials researchers with new insights. Comet Yxlon systems can be used to test objects with a wide variety of forms and sizes at low or high forces, such as cardboard, fibers, artificial joints, automotive components, metal foams, turbine blades, or core samples for the petrochemical industry.

CT for bore core, soil, stone, and rock analysis in geoscience

Comet Yxlon CT systems support the oil and gas industry in their examination of ground structures, delivering e.g., information on crystal inclusions in bore core samples. With sophisticated tools like the Comet Yxlon flow analysis, geologists can quantify and analyze the properties of different porous and multi-component materials. Absolute permeability, tortuosity, pore size distribution, electrical resistivity, and thermal conductivity as well as their associated material properties can be calculated. During the analysis of stone and rock, e.g., volcanic stone, CT imaging shows the number of inclusions such as glass and crystals.

CT for bore core, soil, stone, and rock analysis in geoscience
CT examination of cultural and archeological artifacts

CT examination of cultural and archeological artifacts

Whether scientists want to check the authenticity or preservation condition of their historical treasures, find objects hidden in the artifacts, or explore ancient manufacturing techniques – computed tomography can help. As a non-destructive inspection technology, CT facilitates a damage-free analysis of archeological objects and even supports archeologists in the field with the examination of objects still embedded in the ground. Furthermore, the CT data of an original artifact can be used to generate a replica with 3D printing.

Micro-CT supporting pharmaceutical research

In the pharmaceutical industry, micro-computed tomography (CT) is an important method for product research and development, packaging, quality assurance, and quality control of drugs and medical devices.

Tablet analysis

  • Tablet density analysis (porosity, pore size, distribution of materials)
  • Micro-crack identification
  • Examination of coating thickness, uniformity, and distribution of active ingredients

Packaging & sealing

  • Seal integrity: Location of gaps and leaks
  • Comparison of component variations from different suppliers

Product inspection

  • Checks of closed/sealed packaging
  • Defect detection
  • 3D measurements
  • Pre- and post-usage performance tests
Micro-CT supporting pharmaceutical research
CT-based quality control in plastic injection molding

CT-based quality control in plastic injection molding

With Comet Yxlon CT technology, manufacturers can address three major challenges in plastic injection molding and provide their customers with high-quality products – at the right cost in the right timeframe. First, using computed tomography instead of manual measurements for the initial articles can speed up the development process significantly. CT reduces the time-to-market and the risk of a delayed break even. Second, CT can ensure consistent production quality over time by using the data from automated CT inspections for process optimization. Finally, the integration of CT data into each product development and/or life cycle step helps prevent process chain failures.

CT metrology: dimensional analysis with scientific precision

Analyses and measurements of internal object structures have become very important, especially in the context of new additive manufacturing methods. Non-destructive testing with Comet Yxlon CT metrology CT scanners produces valuable volume data with comprehensive geometrical information for science and research. With an almost unlimited number of reference points, a complete part can be measured, while internal measurements for cavities and material interfaces in hybrids and assemblies can be added later.

CT metrology dimensional analysis with scientific precision
Implantology how CT improves design and quality control

Implantology: how CT improves design and quality control

Medical implants such as artificial hip and knee joints are complex products that must meet high-quality requirements. In the production and quality control of these medical devices, the use of CT inspection technology proves to be extremely helpful. Comet Yxlon CT systems use the most accurate metrology tools to reliably identify defects or design flaws, such as powder residues that can occur in additive manufacturing (AM). With an extensive portfolio of CT inspection systems – like the FF CT series – Comet Yxlon answers to implantology’s demand for flexible and partially modular systems.

Raising the bar for carbon bicycles with X-ray and CT

From bicycle forks and frames to handlebars and seat tubes – the quality of carbon-made bike parts has a significant impact on overall product safety. Comet Yxlon is a longstanding partner of the bicycle industry and provides X-ray and CT inspection systems for the entire manufacturing process from initial design to pre-production and post-production. Typical applications of X-ray and CT tech are the analysis of wall thicknesses, lamination, or glue points, to ensure that carbon parts are free from inclusions, cracks, or other irregularities.

Raising the bar for carbon bicycles with X-ray and CT


Inspection Systems

Our world class Imaging Division offers a range of innovative and cost effective equipment for industrial X-ray and CT for non-destructive parts inspection.


Service & Maintenance

We have a team of equipment and process specialists capable of providing 24/7 rapid-response, ‘frontline’ support and training to compliment your own technical personnel.

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Featured Products

We offer a broad range of cutting-edge X-ray and CT products designed to support all your industrial inspection needs. Whether your component is measured in micrometers or meters, we have a system that fits.

Coment Yxlon FF85 Computed Tomography inspection system Aerospace


With its dual-tube configuration, the high-energy, high-resolution FF85 CT achieves extremely precise inspection results for a wide variety of material types and part sizes.

Coment Yxlon FF35 Computed Tomography inspection system aerospace


With its optional dual-tube set-up, the FF35 CT combines unprecedented CT data quality with the highest versatility when inspecting small and medium-sized parts.

Comet Yxlon UX20 x-ray and CT inspection system

Yxlon UX20

Designed to provide intuitive operation, the UX20 system makes it easy for users of all expertise levels to conduct highly efficient X-ray and CT inspections in record time.

With its optional dual-tube set-up, the FF35 CT combines unprecedented CT data quality with the highest versatility when inspecting small and medium-sized parts.


With its large inspection envelope, multiple field-of-view extensions, and a powerful 450 kV X-ray tube, the UX50 takes the inspection of complex, dense parts to the next level.

Coment Yxlon Cheetah EVO X-ray inspection system

Yxlon Cheetah EVO

The Cheetah EVO is designed to meet the demands of Industry 4.0, enabling efficient and reliable inspection in the SMT and semiconductor industry as well as in laboratories.

Why choose Etek Aero

With our team of experienced and factory trained service engineers, Etek Aero provide a world class service that focuses on quick response times and putting customers first.

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