New robotic ultrasonic testing processes are delivering results that have taken non-destructive testing from a “laboratory” to a “production” mindset. Around since the end of World War II, ultrasonic testing (UT) methods for detecting flaws in solid materials in the aerospace and aircraft industries have historically been a production bottleneck. The sophistication of the testing process, as well as the need for extremely accurate and reliable results, contribute to this time consuming process.
With the new robotic UT systems, critical non-destructive testing and inspection processes can be accomplished in less time and deliver accurate, reliable data sets to ensure quality standards are verified and met.
Why Robotic UT Is Best for Non-Destructive Testing of Aircraft Parts
Currently facing production backlogs, the aerospace and aircraft industries benefit greatly from systems that streamline production processes and ensure standards are met. Non-destructive testing using robotic UT methods, such as Pulse-Echo or Through Transmission Ultrasonic (TTU), is fast, flexible and accurate. Among its time-saving benefits, robotic UT requires very little part preparation and results are delivered instantly. Sensitive to both surface and subsurface part flaws, robotic UT can penetrate deeper than any other method of non-destructive testing, delivering accurate, reliable data. It also produces highly detailed images of a part, even with only single-sided access.
Why Genesis NSpect Robotic UT Systems Are Preferred
Genesis NSpect robotic UT workcells are strategically designed to address the growing challenges of non-destructive testing of critical aircraft structural components. Chief among these is the inspection of multiple parts with different sizes and shapes. Customized to integrate multiple processes, materials and complex part geometries, the NSpect system features multiple stations to facilitate simultaneous inspections. The result is faster throughput while providing maximum flexibility for inspection of different parts.
Another benefit of the NSpect system is its ease of use. Unlike other robotic UT systems that require Level III ASNT (American Society for Non-Destructive Testing) inspectors, the NSpect system reduces this need. With NSpect’s proprietary software, an operator can easily “teach” the system the shape of an object. This makes the system easier to use and deliver desired ROI.
The Wave of the Future
Robotic UT is the wave of the future for non-destructive testing and inspection of complex aircraft parts, offering numerous benefits over other testing methods to overcome some of the toughest inspection challenges. Genesis NSpect robotic UT systems are at the forefront of this innovation, delivering faster production times and reliable accuracy that lead to happy customers, a stronger competitive edge and wider profit margins. See how the Genesis NSpect robotic UT systems can help you to streamline your inspection of complex aircraft parts.