VSG and North Star Imaging Sign Joint Partnership Agreement to Provide Unprecedented 3D Imaging and Analysis Solution for Digital Nondestructive Testing

Bordeaux, France and Rogers, Minnesota- FEI's Visualization Sciences Group (VSG) and North Star Imaging (NSI) announce the signing of an OEM partnership agreement between the two companies. North Star Imaging will begin offering VSG's Avizo Fire high-end 3D visualization and analysis software as an integrated component with their 3D X-ray scanning solutions.

NSI's high speed, high resolution 3D Computed Tomography X-ray imaging systems will be enhanced by now also offering VSG's ability to supply fast analysis and modeling of the collected data. This combination provides the best in-class solutions by both companies and facilitates a wide range of research & development applications while improving in-line production testing.

According to Abigail D. Lape, Research Scientist in Global Food Research group at Cargill, "The collaboration ensures Cargill's place on the forefront of providing complete solutions to our clients and customers in the areas of food research, safety and forensics. NSI ImagiX system provides imagery beyond basic visualization to a level of high definition imaging which assists in revealing structure-function relationships in complex systems containing a wide range of components. In addition, the VSG Avizo Fire software package provides versatility in acquiring quantitative information giving us further insight often required for proper characterization of these systems. "

North Star Imaging's X-View CT series systems integrate the most powerful CT reconstruction and visualization software available, including modules for calibration, measurement, real-time segmentation and surface extraction (point cloud and CAD capabilities). Through the use of NSI's proprietary efX-CT software, CT system speed and ease of use is unmatched in the industry. This software offers a simple 5-step, start-to-finish CT process, plus the ability to upgrade existing systems from DR to CT. The integration of VSG's Avizo Fire software allows for additional advanced inspections above and beyond what is currently included with efX-CT.

Avizo Fire software from VSG allows the import and fusion of multi-modal 2D and 3D data and gives insight into materials and components properties on full 3D structures, at any scale and size. Using powerful volume rendering, segmentation, 3D reconstruction and quantification Dr. Abigail Lape (Cargill's Global Food Research lab) with North Star Imaging ImagiX system running Avizo Fire software tools, Avizo Fire enables researchers and engineers to perform interactive exploration, visualization, analysis and measurement, as well as to deliver powerful presentations of their results. For Material Sciences or Industrial Inspection, Avizo Fire offers high-performance capabilities with powerful automation mechanisms.

"NSI's scanning solutions complemented by VSG's Avizo Fire software represent an optimum combination for the industrial inspection market", says Patrick Barthelemy, VSG General Manager for North America. "This comprehensive offering efficiently addresses the high image quality and accuracy requirements in NDT, and greatly improves analysis and inspection productivity throughout all phases of a material or product life cycle."

"VSG's Avizo Fire software adds even more capabilities to NSI's already feature rich Computed Tomography X-ray Systems," says John Clark, NSI's CT Product Manager. "Avizo Fire visualizes the 3D CT dataset exceptionally well and provides a solution for even the most complex inspection requirements."

The combined X-View CT Computed Tomography System/Avizo Fire solution is available immediately through North Star Imaging existing sales channels. For more information, please visit www.4nsi.com/about-industrial-xray/contact.

About North Star Imaging
NSI is a leading manufacturer of turn-key Industrial 2D Digital X-ray and 3D X-ray CT systems. Industrial X-ray scanning allows users to view and inspect both the external and internal structures of an object without opening it up or otherwise destroying the item.

Industrial X-ray scanning is frequently used for R&D, Failure Analysis, Quality Control, Internal Measurements, High Speed 3D Scanning, 3D Metrology and more.
More information: www.4nsi.com

NSI's Inspection Services Group houses the most advanced X-ray/CT lab in North America and offers need based scanning services for anyone needing X-ray/CT inspection.
More information: www.xrayinspectionservice.com

About Avizo® visualization and analysis software
Avizo® software is a powerful, multifaceted tool for visualizing, manipulating and understanding scientific and industrial data. Wherever 3D data sets need to be processed, in materials sciences, engineering applications, and non-destructive testing, Avizo offers abundant state-of-the-art features within an intuitive workflow and easy-to-use graphical user interface.More information: www.avizo3d.com

About VSG:
FEI's Visualization Sciences Group (VSG) is the leading provider of high-performance 3D visualization software, delivering 3D applications and graphics toolkits for engineers, scientists,and developers, across many industries: materials research, non-destructive testing, biomedical/life sciences, natural resources and more. VSG is an FEI company, the world leader in electron microscopes. More information: www.vsg3d.com

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