COMET announces technological breakthrough

Ground-breaking innovation in X-Ray tubes

The COMET Group, a global leader in the manufacture of components and systems for the growth markets of non-destructive materials testing, security and semiconductors, has developed a ground-breaking new solution for more efficient non-destructive testing of large objects. In the light of increasing demand in this sector, this innovation provides a major boost to COMET’s growth prospects in this area. During the second half of 2008, total business has continued to develop in line with expectations.

With the presentation of its new high-energy product line at the 17th World Conference on Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) in Shanghai, COMET was once again able to underscore its leading position in the field of industrial X-Ray technology. The output of 450 kV – previously considered to be the maximum – was exceeded by a large margin with the introduction of a 600 kV X-Ray source. This remarkable increase in performance enables objects such as large engine blocks and turbine blades to be inspected, something that has so far only been possible using expensive linear accelerators. As well as including larger objects, objects as tested to date can be inspected significantly faster, bringing about a notable increase in productivity, especially for three-dimensional depiction by means of computer tomography (CT). COMET is planning on expanding high-energy developments and is already at the research stage with an 800 kV concept. In addition, the attractiveness of COMET’s X-Ray sources is underscored by a significant reduction in size and weight. For example, the volumes and weights of the units in the new “Compactus” tube line are 50% smaller than those of their equivalent-power predecessors. 

Sales and earnings development 2008

During the second half of 2008, business has continued to develop in line with the expectations communicated at the last financial statement press conference. With a book-to-bill ratio of 1.07, incoming orders are at present well above current sales.
The audited results for 2008 and another review of the prospects for 2009 will be presented at the financial statement press conference in Zurich on 2 April 2009.