Cemenska, J., Rudberg, T., and Henscheid, M., "Automated In-Process Inspection System for AFP Machines," SAE Int. J. Aerosp. 8(2):303-309, 2015, doi:10.4271/2015-01-2608.
In many existing AFP cells manual inspection of composite plies accounts for a large percentage of production time. Next generation AFP cells can require an even greater inspection burden. The industry is rapidly developing technologies to reduce inspection time and to replace manual inspection with automated solutions. Electroimpact is delivering a solution that integrates multiple technologies to combat inspection challenges. The approach integrates laser projectors, cameras, and laser profilometers in a comprehensive user interface that greatly reduces the burden on inspectors and decreases overall run time.This paper discusses the implementation of each technology and the user interface that ties the data together and presents it to the inspector.