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Non-Contact Inspection System

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / SBIR
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Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: Non-Contact Inspection System
Agency: DOD
Contract: FA8650-11-M-5197
Award Amount: $149,972.00


ABSTRACT: Inspection of machined composite laminate parts is currently performed using a precision milling machine (PMM) to maneuver a touch probe. When performed on complex parts, this inspection process is extremely time consuming and ties up the PMM for longer time periods than the actual machining. PMM throughput needs to be increased to achieve the F-35 FY2017 program goal of one aircraft per day. The goal of this project is to increase production rates by performing part inspection and verification during milling operations. Our approach will increase production rates, provide automated quality assurance, and enable on-line verification of machine accuracy. BENEFIT: The technology developed on this project will provide a new method for automated, real-time measurement of the key features of these composite laminate parts (e.g., inner mold line surface and edge profiles and holes). Use of this technology is expected to significantly reduce F-35 production time and cost.

Principal Investigator:

David B. Kynor
Principal Engineer
(603) 643-3800

Business Contact:

James J. Barry
(603) 643-3800
Small Business Information at Submission:

Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71 Hanover, NH -

EIN/Tax ID: 020259551
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No