Composite Manufacturing Process Control System

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 28264
Amount: $749,909.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1996
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
800 West Cummings Park Suite, 3600, Woburn, MA, 01801
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Scott Blake
 (617) 933-8400
Business Contact
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Research Institution
Assembly Guidance will develop and operate a proof-of-concept Composite Manufacturing Process Control System for hand laid composite parts. The functional elements of this system are: An Assembly Guidance LASERGUIDE projection system which references tooling and projects correct sequence, location and orientation of plies of composite material directly onto the parts as they are being built. The data for this information will be delivered in electronic form directly form the CAD system of Dow-UT Composite Products, Inc. An Acuity Imaging IMAGE ANALYST POWERVISION 90 vision system will be integrated with the laser projection system. The vision system will provide in-process monitoring and documentation of correct sequence, location and orientation of the plies of composite material. The vision system will reference the same electronic data used by the laser projection system. The integrated projection and vision systems will be operated in a production environment utilizing the facilities, personnel, tooling materials, and datasets of Dow-UT Composite Products, Inc.. The process of using this new system will be documented, evaluated and refined.

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