Novel Inspection Solutions

SubTera develops inspection solutions to help industry reduce emissions, extend the life of existing assets, and improve operational decisions. 

Our non-contact, real time sensing technology determines the internal or underlying condition of polymers, foams, insulations and other advanced materials used globally across the oil, gas, chemical and renewable power industries.

Since 2012 our team has been researching and developing novel sub-terahertz inspection technology and working with industry partners to test and evaluate our capabilities.

In addition to our solutions, we provide consultancy services, such as conducting feasibility studies and inspection process development support

Our Story - Rust Never Sleeps

The company was formed to identify and advance new inspection tools to detect Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI) on pipework and vessels within the energy and processing industries.

Terahertz sensing technology, originally developed for satellite-enabled monitoring of the ozone layer, was identified as a potential CUI detection technology. A leading research institute was contracted to conduct an independent feasibility study of sub-terahertz sensing technology. Completion of the research activity highlighted the benefits of the approach.

The company proudly became a member of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Centre in Harwell, UK.

In 2017 SubTera introduced the B10-80, a CE marked technology demonstrator; which enabled the company to bring the technology out of the lab. Field trials were conducted with several operators to further understand terahertz sensing for the detection of CUI and the requirements of such inspection tools.

We began the development of a handheld version of our inspection technology in 2019; the development was conducted in collaboration with the UK’s Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), based in Aberdeen.

In 2020, SubTera became a corporate member of the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing.

During 2021 SubTera began field testing Pi, the handheld inspection tool developed in collaboration with NZTC.

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