Inspection of aerospace components often proves to be a bottleneck for manufacturers. The need for quality inspection always outweighs the need for productivity, as there is no room for error in the aerospace industry. Tight tolerances and strict regulations demand full inspection of parts to ensure they won’t fail in flight.
Balancing the need for accurate inspection with productivity requires a shift from a “laboratory” mindset to a “production” mindset. Many aerospace manufacturers make this shift by investing in robotic automation.
Why Robotic Ultrasonic Inspection is Best for Aerospace Manufacturers
Robotic ultrasonic inspection, whether using Pulse-Echo or Through Transmission Ultrasonic (TTU) methods, provides a fast, flexible and productive way to inspect parts. Very little part preparation is required for this type of inspection and results are delivered instantly.
Robotic inspection using ultrasonic techniques is sensitive to both surface and subsurface flaws in parts, penetrating deeper than most other types of inspection even when only one side of a part is accessible. In this way, robotic ultrasonic inspection offers more accurate and reliable inspection data than other forms of inspection.
Robotic Ultrasonic Inspection of Carbon Fiber Aircraft Clips
Recently, a leader in the aerospace industry was struggling to improve productivity for inspection of carbon fiber aircraft clips – existing inspection methods were too slow and creating a production bottleneck.
Genesis Systems Group implemented the Nspect 210 robotic system for non-destructive inspection leveraging ultrasonic testing techniques. The robotic system was able to inspect 100% of the parts much faster than older methods. In fact, cycle time for over 650 unique parts was reduced to under 3 minutes.
In the end, the robotic system for ultrasonic inspection proved to be extremely flexible and fast. The speed and accuracy of inspection was greatly improved for this manufacturer, and productivity was greatly improved. The production bottleneck was effectively removed, contributing to higher throughput at a lower cost.
To learn more on this topic, continue reading the case study on the Genesis Nspect 210 system for robotic ultrasonic inspection.