AFP Automated Inspection System Performance and Expectations.

Paper #:
  • 2017-01-2150

Published:
  • 2017-09-19
Abstract:
In AFP manufacturing systems a large portion of total production time is consumed by inspection. The aerospace industry is responding to this inefficiency by focusing on the development of automated inspection systems. The first generation of automated inspection systems are now entering production. This paper reviews the performance of the first generation system and discusses reasonable expectations. Estimates of automated inspection time will be made, and it will be shown that the automated solution enables a detailed statistical analysis of manufactured part quality and provides the data necessary for statistical process control. Expectations will be set for the accuracy for both ply boundary and lap/gap measurements. The time and resource cost of development and integration will also be discussed.
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