Modernization of Equipment in Aerospace Nondestructive
Equipment used in aerospace non-destructive inspection presents opportunity for
modernization. Many inspection cells in production operate using a widely
available control system software that is suitable for most inspection
applications with minimal customization. The size and complex geometry of
airframe components demand more application-specific system design to ensure the
reliability and cycle time required for an aerospace production schedule.
Ordinary inspection systems require manual teaching for program generation and
lack datum-finding systems required to rerun programs without modification.
Integration of offline programming software and machine vision instruments can
save inspection technicians hours or shifts per part by eliminating the need for
program retraining due to variation in part delivery position. Modernized
inspection cells will reduce labor burden on technicians and provide reliable
cycle time information to production planners.