Non-Contact Inspection System

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$149,972.00
Award Year:
2012
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
FA8650-11-M-5197
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-117-1247
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112C-117
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
David Kynor
Principal Engineer
(603) 643-3800
dbk@creare.com
Business Contact:
James Barry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
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.

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