X-RAY WorX GmbH, Evince Technology (Evince), and Magnatek (Aarhus, Denmark) have today announced the start of a new industrial collaboration to help further commercialise Evince’s unique diamond-based vacuum electron source (VES) and high voltage diode technologies for use in a new generation of x-ray sources.

The two year project, called RADICLE X-Ray, is being supported with £1.42M (€1.585M) of R&D funding via the Eurostars programme and will allow the three companies to pool their resources and expertise to deliver a prototype micro-focus x-ray generator tube and associated power supply. The two devices will fully exploit the potential performance advantages of Evince’s embedded field emission VES and diode technologies, and will lead to the world’s first diamond-based x-ray tube system using diamond in both the electron source and high voltage generator. Target applications for the new system include nano- and micro-focus inspection, CT imaging, 3D visualisation and scientific research.

“The RADICLE-X-Ray partnership is a really exciting opportunity for Evince to demonstrate our fundamentally new approach to diamond electronics in not one but two parts of an x-ray system. Both build on the same core technology but in two very different devices that will help set new benchmarks for device robustness and performance.” said Gareth Taylor, CEO of Evince Technology.

Holger Behnsen, managing director of X-RAY WorX added: “A diamond-based electron source could significantly increase the lifetime, efficiency and performance of x-ray generators, providing instant-on with no need for pre-heating, eliminating the need for thermal management and requiring almost minimal maintenance during long-term use.”

Henrik Ibsen, CEO of Magnatek said: “Magnatek will incorporate Evince’s diamond-based diodes into a new high voltage supply, offering significant new features and potentially enabling the company to further expand and strengthen its position in fast-growing x-ray markets such as baggage screening, industrial CT scanning and electronics circuit board screening.”

About Eurostars
Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, co-funded from the national budgets of 36 Eurostars Participating States and Partner Countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. In the 2014-2020 period the programme has a total public budget of €1.14 billion.

The programme is designed to support international innovative projects led by R&D-performing SMEs and to help accelerate the development and commercialisation of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. For further information see: eurostars-eureka.eu

About X-RAY WorX
X-RAY WorX GmbH is one of the leading global suppliers of high resolution microfocus tubes for non-destructive testing, computed tomography, and metrology in industry and science. The company’s products are widely used within the aerospace, automotive, and electronics industries, as well as in scientific research. Typical applications include the high-resolution computed tomography of electronic and mechanical components, the testing of weld seams and two- and three-dimensional inline X-ray inspection in production environments. 

About Evince Technology
Evince Technology is developing a completely new class of solid-state electron devices that fully exploits the unique properties of synthetic-diamond. Initial target markets for these devices include: high voltage protection diodes, and solid-state vacuum electrode devices for high frequency imaging, materials processing, defence and aerospace applications.

Evince is based at NETpark, Sedgefield, County Durham, and aims to develop then licence its unique patented technologies to third-party device developers and manufacturers. The company is privately funded by investors from Thames Valley and Oxford Investment Networks, London Business Angels and Syndicate Room members, and also supported through technology innovation grants. For further information see: evincetechnology.com

About Magnatek
Magnatek is a leading and innovative company providing highly stabilised, high frequency X-ray sources and high voltage X-ray generators for medical and industrial instrumentation. The company designs and manufactures its controllers and generators with voltages up to 250kV and more than 1kW power, and with its products being installed and used in a vast array of applications in industrial, medical and scientific communities. For further information see: magnatek.dk