NON-CONTACT PENCIL PROBE FOR ADVANCED MANUFACTURING INSPECTION

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5265
Amount: $207,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1988
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
2331 University Ave Se, Minneapolis, MN, 55414
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
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Business Contact
 DR. STEVEN K. CASE
Title: PRESIDENT
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Research Institution
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Abstract
AS THE UNITED STATES MOVES TO JUST-IN-TIME MANUFACTURING, THERE WILL BE INCREASED EMPHASIS ON RAPID AND ACCURATE INSPECTION TECHNIQUES. FOR THESE REASONS, RESEARCH AIMED AT THE ULTIMATE DEVELOPMENT OF A HIGH ACCURACY, MINIATURE PROBE CAPABLE OF INSPECTING MANUFACTURED PARTS WITH COMPLEX GEOMETRIES IS PROPOSED. A NOVEL LASER BASED, NON-CONTACT INSPECTION TECHNIQUE FOR PRECISION MEASUREMENTS OF INTERNAL SURFACES, DEPTH OF SMALL HOLES, EDGES OF SLOTS, INTERNAL THREADS AND NUMEROUS OTHER INSPECTION APPLICATIONS, IS DESCRIBED IN THIS PROPOSAL. THE DEVELOPMENT OF AUTOMATIC INSPECTION SYSTEMS, SUCH AS THE PENCIL PROBE, WILL HAVE A MAJOR IMPACT ON ADVANCED MANUFACTURING PROCESSES. TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY, THERE MUST BE IMPROVED QUALITY, INCREASED PRODUCTION RATES, REDUCED LEAD TIME BETWEEN DESIGN AND MANUFACTURE, REDUCED COSTS AND A SAFE ENVIRONMENT PROVIDED FOR WORKERS.

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