computed tomography

Inside Fireworks with Computed Tomography

At Avonix Imaging we are an inquisitive group and think it’s “a blast” (pun intended) using our super cool equipment to see what makes stuff tick.

Ever wonder what’s inside fireworks? We did! Here’s our CT (Computed Tomography) scan of an 8-shot repeater aerial firework…called Kaleidoscope.

Happy 4th of July from Avonix Imaging!

For more information about our 2D and 3D X-ray imaging services visit: Avonix Imaging or give us a call: 855-228-6649.

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Saline Lectronics

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Saline Lectronics - Avonix Imaging Blog

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Saline Lectronics

Nikon Metrology has revolutionized defect analysis for electronic components for one Michigan company. Saline Lectronics is an electronics contract manufacturer, founded in 2002 and located in Saline, Michigan. Their experienced team of electrical, mechanical, test, and quality engineers solves the most complex and technical challenges for their customers. Therefore, it’s important for them to utilize the best equipment available. Saline Lectronics invested in the Nikon XT V 160. This offers the most accurate and reliable defect analysis of their customers’ highly complex, extremely dense circuit board assemblies.

Traditionally, the electronics manufacturing industry has relied on 2D X-rays systems or manual visual inspection to determine whether a connection is acceptable. However, these methods are subjective and can be unreliable. Nikon specifically designed the XT V 160 for use in production and failure analysis laboratories. This offers Saline Lectronics technicians a reliable, highly magnified look at component connections that ultimately saves time during both the build and troubleshooting processes. In addition, the non-destructive process offers a real-time, automated system for clear, pass/fail reporting.

Avonix Imaging partners with Nikon Metrology to provide world-class industrial x-ray and CT imaging equipment to companies like Saline Lectronics in the U.S. and internationally.

Read more about Saline Lectronics at the Nikon Metrology blog.

Year In Review 2016

Year In Review

As we begin 2017, Avonix Imaging has much to celebrate from the past year. We’d like to share some highlights as we look at our year in review.


As Avonix Imaging continues to grow its reputation and name in the industrial x-ray and computed tomography (CT) industry, we’ve also grown our staff to accommodate our clients’ needs. In 2016, our staff doubled, adding top-quality personnel to strengthen the areas of electrical engineering, equipment services, and contract inspection services. Our team is dedicated to exceeding expectations both in the quality of the imaging and the customer service provided, and continues to operate with the high standards and values of company founders Jeff Diehm and Brian Ruether.


In 2016, we embarked on a project to develop and build our own walk-in x-ray enclosure with an Avonix large-format manipulator system that will allow us to inspect larger parts and higher density materials with a dual 225/450 kV Nikon micro-focus system configuration. This will be an immense benefit for our customers, whether they are looking to purchase a system of this caliber or utilize our contract inspection services.

New Location

The year’s most visible change for Avonix Imaging was the move to our new location. We purchased a building and relocated from our original office in Plymouth, Minnesota, to a larger facility in Maple Grove, Minnesota, with an expanded applications and demo lab as well as a high-quality assembly area for our systems integration efforts. As a result, this allows us additional capabilities in all aspects of our business.

Looking Ahead

Even as we celebrate our 2016 successes, we’re looking forward to what’s in store for us in 2017 as we continue to grow and enhance our products and processes. April will mark our fifth anniversary, and we want to celebrate with you. Look for more details soon about an open house anniversary celebration.

We’d like to offer our sincere thanks to our colleagues, our partners, and, most of all, our customers. You’ve been instrumental in the success of Avonix Imaging and we appreciate your support. Here’s to another great year at Avonix Imaging.

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Mindarika

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Mindarika

Nikon Metrology Case Story: Mindarika

For needed improvements in their quality assurance department, award-winning Mindarika turned to Nikon Metrology for computed tomography (CT) capabilities. Mindarika, India’s largest four-wheeler automotive switch manufacturer, has since seen a global improvement in its productivity, and continues to explore the full potential and capabilities of the CT system.

Avonix Imaging partners with Nikon Metrology to provide world-class industrial x-ray and CT imaging equipment to companies like Mindarika in the U.S. and internationally.

Read more from Nikon Metrology.

Contract Inspection

Avonix Imaging Logo, Minneapolis Imaging, Digital X-Rays, CT ScansIn any industry, being unable to find a failure in materials, products, or components can be frustrating and costly. You lose valuable time and dollars testing the part again and again. The failure may result in significant production delays or even greater losses when you can no longer move forward with the project. Avonix Imaging can help.

Avonix Imaging is a leading provider of industrial x-ray and computed technology (CT) imaging services to a multitude of industries, including aerospace, automotive, electronics, food, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and many others. In addition, 2D x-ray and CT can be utilized in a multitude of applications within each industry, and new uses continue to emerge.

We offer industrial x-ray imaging and CT systems from Nikon Metrology as well as custom solutions. However, not every company has a need for on-site equipment. That’s where our inspection services come in. On an as-needed basis, we can provide 2D or CT imaging scans at our state-of-the-art Center of Excellence in Plymouth, Minnesota.

Our inspection process is simple. Call us to discuss your application and potential solutions. You can upload a high resolution photo, up to 5 MB, so that we can have a clear picture and a better understanding of the product or part. Once we discuss and agree to the scope of the project and associated costs, ship the part to our lab. When your part arrives, we complete your scan with the fastest turnaround in the industry. We’ll return the part and deliver superior imaging results via WebEx, a flash drive, or a personal visit, whichever you prefer.

Founded on the expertise and guiding principles of its owners, Jeff Diehm and Brian Ruether, Avonix Imaging is committed to providing the best imaging available in the market, in a timely manner and at a price that makes this exceptional service an exceptional value as well.

Solve your manufacturing challenges with Avonix Imaging. Call us to learn more.

X-Ray CT System Installation at Mexican University

Avonix Imaging, Nikon Metrology, M1 CT X-ray scanning systemA Mexican university has a brand-new CT scanning system thanks to Nikon Metrology and Avonix Imaging. This May, Avonix ventured south of the border to build and install a Nikon Metrology dual-source 225kV and 450kV M1 CT X-ray Inspection System at Benemérita Universidad Autónoma de Puebla (BUAP).

The M1 Configurable CT X-Ray Inspection System provides the power needed to penetrate through high-density parts and generate scatter-free CT volumes with micron accuracy. The M1 is available in a walk-in room or a self-contained standalone cabinet and takes configurable and customizable design to the next level.

Located in Puebla, BUAP is excited to utilize the cutting-edge technology for chemical, automotive and food industries in the region and conduct research in biochemistry, forensics and archeology. While the institution has past experience with x-ray technology, the university is new to the world of x-ray scanning. BUAP is planning to use the machine to partner with nearby Volkswagen and Audi plants and develop national testing standards for Mexico.

Here at Avonix, we are proud to partner with one of Mexico’s oldest and most prestigious public universities. We hope the M1 CT system will bring BUAP a new world of discoveries and opportunities!

Meet Our Newest Employee

“I live by the philosophy that our customers are the reason we exist as a company, and deserve to be treated as such. My responsibility is to maintain their trust and help nurture that relationship.”
Dave Theisen

Dave Theisen has been specializing in the industrial x-ray and maintenance business for nearly 20 years. In 1994,Dave went to work for Park Industries, Inc. in St.Cloud, MN performing welding, machine fabrication and assembly of large stone working saws, CNC routers, edger’s, and polishing equipment. This led to becoming a Field Service Technician and eventually to a Field Service Coordinator/ Customer Service position, where Dave practiced a strong focus on building and maintaining good customer relations. After graduating from St. Cloud Community and Technical College in 2011 with a degree in Industrial Electronics/Mechatronics, Dave joined North Star Imaging (NSI) in 2011 as a Field Service Technician who focused on installation, repair, and preventative maintenance of industrial x-ray equipment. He also provided customer service phone support when in the office while having the strong ability to troubleshoot complex electrical and system performance issues. Dave has a strong belief in a “Customer” focused service experience.

Welcome to the Avonix team, Dave!

Our Process

From start to finish, our process is simple:

  1. Contact Us – via email or phone to discuss your application and the potential solutions. A picture is worth a thousand words!
  2. Send the Part – Once we agree on the scope and cost, simply send us your parts for scanning.
  3. We Scan It – We have the fastest turnaround in the industry – as quick as one day!
  4. Data Delivery – We’ll return your parts & deliver the results in your desired method (WebEx, Flash drive or personal visit)

Please contact us to discuss your imaging needs! We can quickly guide you through your questions on imaging services or equipment.

2355 Polaris Lane North, Suite 104
Plymouth, MN 55447

Phone: 763-447-4187
Toll Free: 855-2AVONIX (855-228-6649)

Who Is Avonix?

Avonix Imaging is an industry leading x-ray and CT imaging source, providing world-class industrial x-ray and CT (computed tomography) imaging services and equipment.

Avonix Imaging has new, state-of-the art CT imaging equipment located in its applications lab in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, with the technical expertise to meet a wide variety of x-ray imaging needs. Avonix provides 2-dimensional digital realtime x-ray imaging (DDA/DR) as well as the more advanced, 3-dimensional CT scanning method for an unparalleled view of the internal configuration of customer components. In addition, Avonix represents Nikon Metrology with its complete line of x-ray CT systems and has equipment service capabilities and consulting services available to offer a well-rounded suite of products and services.

Before Avonix launched, we recognized there was a need for a more customer-focused approach to both the contract services and systems sales segment. We wanted to develop a system where the needs of the customer came first and the profitability of the company would follow.

We knew if we put our clients at the forefront of our efforts on a daily basis, constructing a true “Win-Win” scenario in which the value of the service or equipment made it beneficial to all parties, then everyone would prosper from our efforts.

From the customer-centric business philosophy, Avonix Imaging was born in 2012. Jeffrey Diehm and Brian Ruether have a combined 55+ years in the industrial x-ray business. The proven leadership, passion and dedication of the Avonix team is unique to the industry and evident in the quality of work by Avonix Imaging.