Sensory Analytics Announces Issuance of Broad New Patent Covering Coating Thickness Measurement  

Greensboro, NC – Sensory Analytics, the fast-growing supplier of highly precise and award-winning SpecMetrix® coating thickness and film layer measurement systems, announced today that the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has issued an impactful new patent, U.S. Patent No. 10928185, that further protects their proprietary product offerings. This important patent covers the methods and systems for Sensory’s exclusive ruggedized optical interference (ROI) technologies that power all SpecMetrix coating thickness measurement systems. Furthermore, this latest patent solidifies and significantly expands the company’s intellectual property portfolio related to the measurement of all applied coatings onto metal and other industrial substrates.

“The addition of this broad patent extends the strength and reach of our intellectual property protection around the unique technical advantages of our SpecMetrix product lines. We look forward to rapidly expanding the use of our industry-leading SpecMetrix coating thickness measurement solutions within the global coated metal, flexible packaging, automotive, electronics, glass, and other industrial manufacturing markets,” commented Greg Frisby, Global Industry Manager for SpecMetrix Systems at Sensory Analytics.

Most legacy methods for measuring coating thickness have not been effective for in-process coating use as they provide insufficient meaningful data for quality and process control improvements. The ability to continuously monitor and adjust the thickness of applied coatings more precisely prevents poor product quality due to under-application. In-process measurement tools also help control coating uniformity during production to prevent over-application and reduce costs. Built upon the company’s expanding intellectual property portfolio, SpecMetrix measurement systems can immediately address these longstanding issues and provide Sensory customers and industry partners with more accurate, objective, and real-time coating measurement data. With the unique ability to measure a wide variety of clear and opaque coatings and materials, SpecMetrix systems are helping manufacturing customers in over 50 countries to experience significant savings by optimizing coating usage, increasing production throughput, reducing labor hours, and avoiding expensive quality claims.

The Bronx Group will be responsible for handling sales and support efforts for coil coating companies and suppliers in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), led by its Moscow-area offices. Sensory has provided The Bronx Group this exclusive license to help further introduce its SpecMetrix coil coating thickness measurement systems to new and existing customers in this territory. Read the full article announcing this partnership, courtesy of Coatings World, at the link below.

Guayaquil, Ecuador – Recognized metal container solutions leader FADESA has been awarded the advanced designation of a SpecMetrix Certified facility for its two plant locations in Ecuador and Peru. This award recognizes the company’s successful transition and demonstrated commitment to the highest level of film weight quality and coating process control. To earn this select classification, FADESA has completed installations of the latest SpecMetrix® In-line coating thickness measurement systems onto all plant coating lines within both of their state-of-the-art metal packaging manufacturing facilities and have completed certified training for all plant coating team members on these next-generation QA tools.

FADESA Ecuador and FADESA Peru, both companies of Grupo Vilaseca, are the first metal packaging manufacturers in South America to be awarded “SpecMetrix Certified” status. FADESA is acknowledged for their dedication over the last 60 years to innovation and coating quality excellence, which is affirmed by their commitment to the exclusive use of SpecMetrix systems for their coating measurement needs. FADESA can now assure its valued customers that they will benefit from the most advanced film weight control and coating quality systems available today. Award-winning SpecMetrix In-line systems are uniquely capable of providing instant, actionable coating thickness or film weight data for wet or dry coated flat sheets immediately following application, thereby enabling immediate process improvements.

According to Vivian Poteat, Global Sales Support Manager of SpecMetrix Systems at Sensory, “We are excited to have FADESA as a pioneer in this region and show their commitment to continuous improvement of their production processes by using the most advanced coating thickness measurement solutions available today. FADESA is a proven leader in packaging production, and we are honored to support their efforts to be globally competitive and attain the highest possible level of coating quality assurance and process control.”

Juan Carlos Procel, President of the Grupo Vilaseca Packaging Unit, added, “Transforming the industry is our new purpose. We strive to constantly reinvent ourselves, generating changes that accompany the growth of our customers and inspire all in this industry to begin building a sustainable future. Our goal is to create a culture of continuous improvement by always increasing productivity, product quality, and customer satisfaction. We have invested in the high-impact SpecMetrix systems from Sensory Analytics on all of our varnishing lines to ensure proper coating application and provide our customers with reliable packaging solutions. Our success has been based on our talent and achieving operational performance with the highest efficiency and competitiveness.”

Sensory Analytics is globally known for our breakthrough ROI technologies incorporated into its award-winning SpecMetrix coating thickness and film layer measurement systems. The issuance of the new ASTM D8331 standard affirms that our impactful measurement solutions can help create higher global standards for established industrial markets, and bring significant quality improvements and cost-saving benefits to manufacturing plants that count on them. Read the full article announcing the new standard and its significance for metal coil applications from PCI Magazine at the link below.

Greensboro, NC – Sensory Analytics, the fast-growing supplier of highly precise and award-winning SpecMetrix® coating thickness and film layer measurement systems, announced the issuance of the Company’s latest patent, European Patent No. 2972070. This new patent covers methods and systems for the in-process thickness measurement of thinner coatings or layers on various substrates. The patent extends the Company’s current intellectual property portfolio related to measuring thinner coatings and layers into the EU.

“The addition of this EU patent reflects our ongoing focus on broadening the geography and application range of our SpecMetrix product line and our intellectual property portfolio,” said Greg Frisby, Global Industry Manager for SpecMetrix Systems at Sensory Analytics. “We look forward to expanding the breadth of our exclusive SpecMetrix coating thickness solutions within the global coated metal, flexible packaging, automotive, electronics, glass, and industrial manufacturing industries while adding value for our global partners and shareholders.”

Built upon its expanding intellectual property portfolio, Sensory Analytics has launched a series of innovative measurement tools including its exclusive SpecMetrix coil coating measurement systems for primer, pretreatments, clear coats, back coats, and highly pigmented thicker topcoats directly on coil coating lines or in QA labs. All SpecMetrix systems give users accurate, objective, and real-time coating measurement data without any operator interpretation or involvement. With the capability of measuring a broad coating thickness range from 0.2 to 250 microns and a wide variety of materials from transparent to highly pigmented coatings, SpecMetrix systems help manufacturing customers in over 40 countries to reduce costs while streamlining plant QA processes. These patented and exclusive offerings are integrated with proprietary SpecMetrix software to automatically capture and deliver real-time coating and layer thickness data for improved process control and quality assurance.

Sensory Analytics was honored to have SBA (Small Business Administration) Administrator Jovita Carranza and her staff visit our headquarters facility in Greensboro, NC on July 10th. Administrator Carranza meet team members, toured our facility, and learned about our exclusive SpecMetrix coating thickness measurement systems. We are thankful for the assistance of the PayCheck Protection Program as well as many other initiatives offered by the SBA that have helped our company continue to grow.

Greensboro, NC – Already one of the fastest growing companies in the Southeastern US, Sensory Analytics has relocated into a larger facility in Greensboro, NC to help meet surging demand for its exclusive SpecMetrix® measurement solutions. Sensory’s new headquarters and technical center enables the company to better support its valued global customer base and meet its expansion needs. The new space includes a state-of-the-art assembly and test area along with expanded R&D, prototype development, inventory management and shipping and receiving areas. The additional office, meeting and training facilities enables the company to accommodate its growing team and meet increased demand for customer and partner training sessions.

Rapid growth at Sensory is being driven by rising global customer demand for the company’s award-winning SpecMetrix coating thickness and layer measurement systems. SpecMetrix systems are now in expanding use at industrial leaders in over 30 countries. The SpecMetrix product line delivers unprecedented levels of process control and quality data to manufacturers within the metal and flexible packaging, coil coating and other industrial markets. This valuable real-time data helps system users to reduce costs, optimize process control and better ensure product quality.

In addition to providing more space, the new facility permits the fast-growing technology leader to optimize its own development and production processes. Sensory Analytics previously expanded its former West Market Street location in Greensboro several times due to rapid business growth. Sensory has doubled its workforce over the past two years and expects to continue to add additional technical and support positions in 2020.

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Odense, Denmark – Global metal decorating and packaging solutions leader, Glud & Marstrand, member of The Envases Universales Group, has secured the advanced designation as a SpecMetrix Certified facility. Glud & Marstrand ‘s installation of Sensory Analytics’ award-winning SpecMetrix® In-line coating thickness measurement systems on all coating lines within its state-of-the-art Odense, Denmark facility and completion of certified training for their appointed plant champion and all coating team members qualified them for this select classification. Attainment of “SpecMetrix Certified” plant status confirms the successful transition to a higher level of film weight process control and next generation quality assurance tools.

The company’s exclusive use of SpecMetrix systems affirms Glud & Marstrand’s long-standing commitment to coating quality excellence and the highest film weight process control standards. The plant and their valued customers will benefit from the use of the most advanced film weight control and quality systems available today. SpecMetrix In-line systems are uniquely capable of delivering an unprecedented level of highly accurate, continuous and real-time film weight measurement data for wet or dry coated flat sheets immediately following application, enabling plant teams to make more informed decisions quickly.

According to Greg Frisby, Global Industry Manager of SpecMetrix Systems at Sensory, “Glud & Marstrand has been a recognized world leader in global packaging solutions based upon a commitment to innovation and the continuous improvement of their processes and products. As a valued industry supplier for 140 years, we are honored to partner with Glud & Marstrand to enable our industry-leading SpecMetrix film weight control systems to become an integral new addition to their expanding success story.”

Brian Nielsen, CEO, Dan A. Christensen, Vice President Supply Chain and Henrik K. Olsen, Senior Printing Manager of Glud & Marstrand, part of The Envases Universales Group, added, “Innovative and high-quality metal packaging solutions have made Glud & Marstrand a preferred and respected supplier. The high quality of our products is the cornerstone of our business. We ensure high quality through effective quality management by involving Sensory Analytics and their high-impact SpecMetrix systems. We are always striving to improve and optimize the quality of the processes as well as the products while respecting the environment by reducing waste. Because we always want to improve our business and performance, we welcome the opportunity to further enhance our quality performance as the first SpecMetrix Certified facility in Northern Europe.”

 

Company Contacts:

 

Devon Edmonson

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Sensory Analytics

devon@specmetrix.com

 

Jannie Linette Grandt

Marketing Coordinator

Glud & Marstrand

jlg@glud-marstrand.com

 

Martin Dieu

Quality Inspector

Glud & Marstrand

mhd@glud-marstrand.com

 

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Greensboro, NC – Sensory Analytics, the fast-growing supplier of highly precise and award-winning SpecMetrix® coating thickness and film layer measurement systems, is pleased to announce the promotion of Vivek Komaragiri to Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of the Company. Komaragiri most recently served as the Technical Director for Sensory Analytics. In his newly expanded role, Komaragiri will be responsible for leading Sensory Analytics’ global technology strategy and new product development efforts.

Vivek Komaragiri has been an integral part of Sensory Analytics’ technology development and application engineering teams since 2005. He earned a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering at Mississippi State University and a second master’s degree in physics at North Carolina A&T State University. Vivek brings a broad educational background in optical physics, software and electronics as well as over a decade of experience in the development of real-time optical thickness measurement methods for industrial coating applications to his new role. Vivek led the Sensory Analytics team that developed the ruggedized optical interference (ROI) measurement technology that enabled the SpecMetrix In-line coating thickness measurement systems to win multiple technology innovation awards from technical juries in the United States, European Union and Asia.

“We are pleased to acknowledge and reward Vivek’s technical development leadership and successes to-date through his promotion to Sensory CTO. We are highly confident of his continued ability to drive new coating measurement innovations at Sensory to best meet the quality demands of established and emerging global manufacturing industries,” stated Greg Frisby, Global Industry Manager for SpecMetrix Systems at Sensory Analytics.

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Greenville, PA – Independent metal coating and decorating leader, Metal Litho and Laminating, LLC dba Select Metal Litho Greenville, has secured the advanced designation as a SpecMetrix Certified facility based on their demonstrated commitment to the highest level of film weight quality and control. To earn this select classification, Metal Litho and Laminating, LLC, a subsidiary of Reynolds Services, Inc., has installed Sensory Analytics’ latest SpecMetrix® In-line coating thickness measurement systems on every coating line within its state-of-the-art facility and completed certified training for their appointed plant champion and all coating team members on these next-generation tools.

The company’s commitment to exclusively use SpecMetrix systems has enabled the facility to be the first plant in the United States to be awarded “SpecMetrix Certified” status. Metal Litho and Laminating, LLC and its valued customers will benefit from the most advanced film weight control and coating quality systems available today. SpecMetrix In-line systems deliver accurate, high-speed coating thickness or film weight measurement data for wet or dry coated flat sheets immediately following application, providing real-time process control and quality assurance to manufacturing and QA teams.

According to Vivian Poteat, International Sales Support Manager for SpecMetrix Systems at Sensory, “We are honored to support these efforts by a leading independent metal decorator to achieve the highest possible level of coating quality assurance and process control. Metal Litho and Laminating, LLC is dedicated to incorporating advanced production and testing technology into its facility, to now include the highly advanced SpecMetrix In-line film weight control systems.”

Brandy Hammerschmidt, Director of Corporate Services at Reynolds Services, added, “The quality of our products is of utmost importance at RSI. Our subsidiaries are committed to continuously improving processes and systems by making regular investments in innovative technologies and new machinery, including these high-impact SpecMetrix Systems from Sensory Analytics. Our company’s main goal is to provide the best quality products to our customers, so we welcomed the chance to further enhance our quality performance as the first SpecMetrix Certified facility in the United States.”

Company Contacts:

Devon Edmonson

Sales and Marketing Coordinator

Sensory Analytics

Tel: +1.336.615.6090

devon@specmetrix.com

 

Brandy A. Hammerschmidt

Director of Corporate Services

Reynolds Services, Inc.

Tel: +1.724.646.3781

brandy@rsi.biz

 

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