The X-Tek team

X-Tek Systems Ltd was founded in 1986 by Roger Hadland. It manufactures high-resolution industrial X-ray inspection systems, including computed tomography (CT) systems. In October 2005, the X-Tek team took an eight-and-a-half-tonne X-ray CT system, known as "BladeRunner" to Athens to inspect the Antikythera Mechanism fragments over the course of two and a half weeks. David Bate and Martin Allen collected over 600GB of X-ray image data using the BladeRunner, while Andrew Ramsey reconstructed these into 3D CT volumes. He analysed these to create images of the internal structure of the fragments. Under the corrosion could be read inscriptions which had lay hidden from sight for over 2000 years. Alan Crawley and Peter Hockley provided valuable technical assistance on site, while many other colleagues helped develop the unique 400kV microfocus X-ray source back at base in Tring, England. The high power X-ray source is now used to inspect aircraft turbine blades and other dense castings.

Some of the results can be seen on the X-Tek web site.

In December 2007, X-Tek was acquired by Metris, a Belgium-based metrology company.