Novosound is an award winning Scottish sensors company utilising thin-film processes to eliminate conventional limitations in ultrasound sensors.

The company was formed on the back of £500k of funding through the Scottish Enterprise High Growth spin out process and was subsequently spun out from the University of the West of Scotland in April 2018. Since then, it has grown to 15 staff and a six-figure turnover.

Novosound has created a ground-breaking technique for the mass-production of printable ultrasound sensors. Located near Glasgow the company utilises its in-house design and manufacturing capabilities to engineer a thin-film core material that is flexible, extreme temperature resistant, lightweight, low profile, compact, and capable of producing high resolution images.

Novosound has rapidly grown to become a global business working across a wide range of diverse industry sectors and markets.

Novosound currently sell sensors for ultrasonic non-destructive testing in the Oil and Gas, Aerospace and Semiconductor markets. The company are also developing new technology to solve imaging and measurement challenges. Including:

  • The Kelpie (Pictured), the world’s first truly flexible imaging sensor for detection of flaws and defects in complex geometries (such as wind turbine blades and aircraft wings and landing gear).
  • The Belenus, permanently installed sensors for continuous monitoring of high temperature assets (reducing down-time in the oil and gas sector).
  • High-resolution probes for acoustic microscopy.

The team’s vision is to rapidly grow a sizeable technology business and to take its products from the industrial, nondestructive testing markets (NDT) to the lucrative medical imaging and wearables markets.

By 2022, Global NDT market forecast to $7.3Bn including Sensors and Service segments; Medical Imaging market forecast to $10.46Bn and Wearables $27Bn – a total of $44.76 Bn.

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