Open House Piques Interest in Technology for the Defense Industry

CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 1, 2010 – The more than 40 visitors who attended an open house on October 25, 2010 at the joint offices of NLA Diagnostics and A-Metrics showed great interest in the companies’ leading-edge technologies for both military and civilian applications.  The crowd, which included investors, friends and members of the companies’ Board of Advisors, were treated to a variety of demonstrations and an information session.

According to Principal W. Richard (“Rick”) Webster, the NLA Diagnostics team showcased current projects that perform portable, non-destructive, acoustic wave testing of structural integrity of critical components such as wings and rotor blades, nacelle and airframes, plus both military and civilian body armor, as well as vehicle armor. The technology is now adapted for quantifying the integrity of concrete structures such as bridges. Discussions also included two U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) proposals, design enhancement and ruggedization of the NLA Defender, and the possible beginning of light manufacturing and assembly in mid-2011 near Ft. Bragg or Camp Lejeune.

The leadership at A-Metrics, pioneers in sub-angstrom measurement, overviewed the company’s development of a simple, robust, low-cost, bi-directional displacement sensor that has applications for military operations, such as tactical infrasound, battlefield detection, and passive radar and sonar, as well as civilian applications, including environmental initiatives, earthquake detection and geophysics applications.

During the event, a core group of distinguished guests, including retired Air Force Col. Patrick Gardner, Ph.D., and Steven Green, Director of Economic Development for Sen. Richard Burr, gathered in the boardroom for a demonstration by Director of Engineering Aldo Bellotti.  In addition, Director of Business Development William Choate provided an update on market penetration to date.

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