Ultrasonic non-destructive inspection (NDI) of aerospace components is one of the most reliable and productive methods of evaluating the quality of parts in production. Usually paired with robotic automation technology, ultrasonic NDI effectively identifies part flaws in a wide range of component materials and designs.
However, sometimes there are extensive design considerations that make inspection more difficult and unique considerations for the robotic components of the inspection system must be made for productive NDI.
Common Inspection Challenges in Aerospace
One of the primary challenges of aerospace inspection is that parts come in many different sizes and shapes. They’re made of different materials and they have different inspection needs. One of the most innovative features of robotic ultrasonic NDI inspection processes is that they can handle just about any type of composite aerospace component.
For irregularly shaped parts, inspection systems need a way to accurately follow the shape of the part for precise inspection – also called contour following. Complex part geometries may also require the use of immersion tanks or squirter systems for more accurate inspection.
Genesis Simplifies Inspection of Complex Composite Aircraft Parts
A manufacturer of composite aircraft components came to Genesis Systems recently with a need to automate NDI of several different large, irregularly shaped parts to meet their competitive pricing goals.
Genesis quickly integrated a Genesis NSpect 115 Workcell for NDI automation. The workcell featured a servo track mounted robot for increased access to various parts, and a custom carbon fiber yoke with a very large throat depth and squirters for even greater access to large and irregular parts.
The launch was successful for both Genesis and the customer. Robotic ultrasonic NDI proved to be far more productive than previous inspection methods and allowed the manufacturer to achieve their automation objectives.
To learn more, continue reading the Genesis NSpect 115 Workcell case study and see how this robotic integration project transformed this manufacturer’s operations.