Title: SMART FACTORY APPLICATIONS FOR INTEGRATED LASER PROJECTION AND AUTOMATIC INSPECTION
Abstract: Systems with integrated laser projection and automatic inspection are entering service in composites manufacturing. The ability to capture calibrated, high-magnification and highresolution images of complex parts as they are being fabricated brings many benefits to cost and quality. Flaws are recognized and addressed as they are created, at the earliest point in the manufacturing process, where correction can be accomplished at the lowest cost and in the shortest time. The quantitative data generated by this detailed imaging enables designers to perform analysis on as-built, rather than nominal, with the knowledge that critical characteristics can and will be maintained in each instance of the part. This reduction in manufacturing variation and uncertainty enables more optimized design and a reduction in material and processing to achieve desired performance. Having immediate, detailed knowledge of defect formation enables deep learning across a network where all systems benefit from knowledge obtained from any node. The automatically created, detailed “digital twin” documentation enables improved decision making in the future when more is known about the long term performance of current materials and processes. Examples of monitoring FOD, peel ply, material type, material location, fiber orientation, shear, wrinkles, bridging (and secondary bridging) with both prepreg and dry fiber are presented.
Authors: Scott Blake
Conference: CAMX 2017 –Orlando