Industrial CT Scanner

Providing non-destructive imaging
services for industry and research

Computed tomography (CT) scanning is one of the best non-destructive techniques available to analyze and model the structure and distribution of materials such as hardwood and softwood; oil and gas; geological samples; or mechanical, automotive, and manufacturing equipment, amongst others.

What makes FPInnovations’ CT scanner unique is that it is one of the world's largest non-military CT scanning machines, allowing us to scan large and dense objects that cannot be done elsewhere as we use a 4 MeV high-energy linear accelerator X-ray source (200 R/min @ 1 m). The scanning envelope is 5000 mm high and its diameter is 1000 mm. It can handle an object with a weight up to 2 tonnes and its spatial resolution is 0.4–0.8 mm. For more than 15 years, our team of experts has served a wide range of industries, from research through manufacturing and forensic work to biology and museums in their scanning needs, handling specific project-related technical challenges and offering CT data analytical knowledge to customers.

Your benefits

The unique method developed by FPInnovations allows us to reduce operating costs and generate additional steam and power. Other benefits:

  • Among the most powerful CT scanners in Canada
  • Industry-leading 4 MeV high-energy linear accelerator
  • Large sample size: 5000 mm high × 1000 mm diameter and up to 2 tonnes weight
  • X-ray–based, non-destructive technology
  • A team with unique expertise for high-quality work

From scanned objects as diverse as mechanical devices in automotive and manufacturing equipment, to Shelby tubes in the mining or oil and gas industry, to logs from the forest products industry … the CT scanner offers X-ray CT services for a wide range of practical applications that will meet your imaging needs.


  • Inspection of mechanical parts and assemblies (for hard or impossible-to-reach areas)
  • Porosity analysis
  • Wall thickness analysis
  • Density profile analysis
  • Reverse engineering
  • Failure analysis
  • Void analysis
  • Examination of sealed containers or objects
  • Non-destructive assessment of historical objects
  • Evaluation of geological samples
  • Forensic investigations
  • Non-contact measurement of fragile objects

Industries served:

  • Forestry R&D
  • Pulp and paper
  • Aerospace
  • Mining
  • Oil and gas
  • Construction
  • Energy
  • Defense
  • Automotive
  • Archeology
  • Paleontology
  • Geology

Relevant projects done with our CT scanner:

  • Smithsonian National Museum – fossil scan
  • BC Coastal Program – log scanning
  • Mt. Polley Mine Tailings Storage Breach – soil samples
  • Hopkins Marine Station/Stanford University – whale scan
  • Zoology Department/UBC – Whale scan
  • US Space Program – Miscellaneous
  • Top-tier oilfield service company – large mechanical devices
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