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At 1MILLIKELVIN, our vision is to be the driving force behind elegant solutions to complex problems, making life easier for our customers and shaping a better and smarter tomorrow

Our team of engineers, scientists, and tech enthusiasts brings together diverse skills and backgrounds to push the boundaries of innovation.

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Our History

It is important to acknowledge that innovation never occurs in isolation, and in our case it builds on previous pioneering efforts in TSA (Thermoelastic Stress Analysis) system development, starting in 1978:

  • 1978: Mountain & Webber introduces the world’s first commercial TSA system, SPATE (Stress Pattern Analysis by Thermal Emission), a single-element raster-scanning liquid-nitrogen-cooled instrument.
  • 1992: The Defence Science and Technology Organisation (now DSTG), develops FAST (Focal-plane Array for Synchronous Thermography), the world’s first digital focal plane array-based instrument.  By employing a mechanically cooled detector, FAST eliminated the inconvenience of liquid nitrogen replenishment.
  • 1995: Stress Photonics Inc. releases DeltaTherm, the first commercial system based on focal-plane array technology.


These three systems shared one thing in common – the use of science-grade photonic detectors. This made them relatively costly and cumbersome to implement, particularly outside of benign laboratory environments.  At the Defence Science and Technology Organisation, the use of SPATE and FAST systems on aircraft Full-Scale Structural Fatigue Test (FSFT) components led to frustration and some new thinking.

  • 2006: DSTO with help from Kheang Khauv (MD of LRM Technologies and 1MILLIKELVIN) creates MiTE (Microbolometer, Thermoelastic Evaluation), the first microbolometer based stress imaging system.
  • 2006 – 2009: MiTE prototypes are used to image stress in F/A-18 centre barrels undergoing FSFT as part of the F/A-18 life extension program. These prototypes were so compact and rugged that they were able to be installed directly on the highly loaded centre-barrel structure itself, furnishing measurement access to areas that previously were off limits. Imagery obtained from these systems is used to validate finite element stress predictions in geometrically complex areas.
  • 2014: A MiTE prototype is successfully demonstrated on an F-35C CV (Carrier Variant) durability test article in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • 2015: MiTE is applied to the F-35B STOVL (Short Take Off and Vertical Landing) and then more extensively on the F-35A CTOL (Conventional Take Off and Landing) durability test articles.
  • 2017: DST Group and LRM Technologies enters into a licensing agreement to commercialise the MiTE technology
  • 2018: Kheang Khauv establishes 1MILLIKELVIN to focus the MiTE commercialisation efforts. The commercialising agreement is transferred from LRM Technologies to 1MILLIKELVIN.
  • 2019: The first 1MILLIKELVIN product demonstrator is revealed at the AINDT (Australian Institute for Non-Destructive Testing) Conference
  • 2020: Kheang Khauv wins the Mal Campbell Excellence in Thermography Award at the AUSPTA (Australian Professional Thermographer’s Association) annual general meeting for his outstanding contribution to Infrared Thermography
  • 2022: The world’s first dedicated, dual channel stress imaging camera, the 1MILLIKELVIN LTS-640V, is revealed at the Singapore Airshow
  • 2023: 1MILLIKELVIN wins both the National and SME Innovation Awards at the Avalon Airshow in Melbourne.

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