Hole-to-Edge Measurement Tool

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$1,015,556.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
FA8650-13-C-5185
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
F112-122-0632
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
AF112-122
Solicitation Number:
2011.2
Small Business Information
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
072021041
Principal Investigator:
DavidKynor
Principal Investigator
(603) 643-3800
dbk@creare.com
Business Contact:
JamesBarry
President
(603) 643-3800
contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institute:
Stub




Abstract
ABSTRACT: Accurate determination of the distance between fastener holes and part edges is critical to ensure structural integrity in military aircraft. These measurements are particularly important as part flanges are reduced and tolerances are tightened to save weight and increase performance. Current measurement methods rely on manual calipers and are extremely time consuming, labor intensive, and prone to operator-induced errors. Creare proposes to develop a handheld inspection tool capable of measuring hole diameter and associated hole-to-edge distance. Our system is designed to be very easy to use and fast enough to provide immediate feedback to the operator. During Phase II, we will develop a prototype system and evaluate system performance in conjunction with our Manufacturing Partner to evaluate accuracy, suitability for use in the manufacturing environment, and ease-of-use. BENEFIT: The handheld inspection tool developed on this project is expected to have broad application in aircraft inspection for measurement of part geometry, fastener placement, and gap thickness. Creare is also actively pursuing commercial applications in industrial manufacturing and other sectors.

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