Hole-to-Edge Measurement Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch:
Air Force
Amount:
$149,970.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-5190
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-122-0632
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-122
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator
 David Kynor
 Principal Engineer
 (603) 643-3800
 dbk@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
ABSTRACT: Modern military aircraft incorporate large numbers of holes located close to part edges to save weight and maximize performance. Accurate measurement of the distance between hole centers and the edge of the part is critical to ensure that structural integrity of the aircraft is maintained. Present measurement methods are extremely time consuming and difficult to apply to large numbers of holes. The goal of this project is development of an automated hole-to-edge measurement tool that is fast, easy to use, and highly accurate. Our approach relies on proven noncontact inspection technology that provides extremely high accuracy when used for making dimensional measurements of aircraft components. BENEFIT: The technology developed on this project will provide a new methodology for high-speed, easy to use measurement of hole-to edge-distances in aircraft assemblies. Use of this technology is expected to help ensure airframe integrity while significantly reducing F-35 production time and cost.

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