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Sonotron NDT Receives 2004 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Innovation

Palo Alto, Calif. — July 07, 2004 — In a recent study titled, World Non-destructive Test Equipment Markets, Frost & Sullivan has highlighted Sonotron NDT’s flagship ISONIC 2001 range of portable ultrasonic inspection systems for its ability to constantly evolve and cater to a wide range of end-use applications.

A relatively young ISO 9001 certified company, Sonotron NDT designs, manufactures, and markets non-destructive test (NDT) equipment and technologies for ultrasonic inspection, mechanical impedance analysis (MIA) and eddy current implementations. The company is powered by the strong NDT knowledge base of its scientist founders.

From its origins in 1993, Sonotron NDT has ventured toward developing innovative ultrasonic inspection equipment. Early on, the company identified the market need for a reliable solution that delivers technology sensitive to detect defects, while reducing excessive dependence on skill sets of operator. These efforts culminated in the creation of the PC-based modular version, ISONIC which is the precursor to the ISONIC 2001 range.

"Sonotron NDT has designed the ISONIC 2001 to be completely mechanics-free, and it is one of the pioneering products to successfully integrate PC-based functionality into a portable ultrasonic inspection unit," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Jaidev Rammohan. "By incorporating specific software and hardware components on the basic platform, this browser enabled unit can be configured by customers to evolve and meet diverse application requirements ."

For developing an easy-to-operate, cost-effective NDT system that delivers reliable, accurate, and repeatable tests, Sonotron NDT is conferred with the 2004 Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Innovation in the global NDT equipment market.

The award is presented each year to the company that has developed products with more innovative capabilities than competing products in the NDT equipment market. It recognizes the company's successful adoption of a new technology or enhancing an existing technology that has become a part of its well-designed product family. Such innovation is expected to significantly contribute to the industry in terms of product performance and degree/rate of technical change.

Sonotron offers four variants of the ISONIC 2001 – for basic ultrasonic inspection and imaging, weld inspection and imaging, straight beam inspection and imaging, and large area inspection and imaging.

"The real time presentation of test results in 3-D images format and ability to transfer these results in Microsoft® Word and Excel formats illustrate the user friendliness of ISONIC 2001 equipment," notes Rammohan. ‘Its compatibility with probes of different vendors also provides customers a distinctive cost benefit’.

The ISONIC 2001 system finds use in a number of applications including inspection of circumferential butt weld, composite logs and annular plates, and corrosion mapping on the pipe core and metal glass lining. The battery operated and portable nature of the ISONIC 2001 facilitates long -duration data capture and storage. Also noteworthy is its rugged design which permits its usability in extreme conditions and terrains.

With a number of such potential benefits for end users, ISONIC 2001 seems the apt tool for Sonotron NDT's customers in the aerospace, automotive, chemical and petrochemical, power generation, military, nuclear, and other NDT application markets to forge ahead on their growth path.

About Sonotron NDT

Sonotron NDT is relatively young ISO 9001 company, headquartered in Israel, with global distribution arrangements. Since its inception about a decade back, Sonotron NDT has aspired to tread the less traversed path in the NDT market. While embarking on this business venture, the company conducted a thorough investigation of end-user practices and requirements. Representing a conceptual breakthrough in the NDT, the company's products reverse the paradigm of the traditional non-destructive testing and discover vast potential of their modality

About Frost & Sullivan

Founded in 1961, Frost & Sullivan is recognized as a global leader in growth consulting. Frost & Sullivan awards are presented to companies that demonstrate excellence in their industry through diligence, commitment, and innovative business strategies required to advance in the global marketplace. Frost & Sullivan rigorously analyzes specific criteria to determine award recipients in a vast variety of market industries and landscapes. For further information, visit www.frost.com.

Contact:

Lori Donch
210.247.2417
ldonch@frost.com

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