Ultrasonic Sciences Ltd
From our original formation in 1987, USL has grown to become the UK's only manufacturer of ultrasonic testing systems and instruments, in the process becoming one of the world's major suppliers to industry of automated and semi-automated systems.
The potential of our equipment was recognised by industrial customers and we were tasked with designing larger and more complex machines. One of the first such applications in 1990 was the inspection of double curved jet engine parts made by the new process of SPFDB (superplastic forming and diffusion bonding). An immersion system was developed for non-contact scanning using high frequency ultrasound, a very early example where a complex surface profile was followed by programmed manipulation of a probe using a 5 axis mechanical system.