Automatic Ply Verification (APV) streamlines quality-control procedures in manual layup operations while simultaneously improving the accuracy and verifiability of critical build parameters. The system is accepted by the FAA and DoD in meeting inspection requirements for flight critical part characteristics.
Through the APV system, inspection processes are automatically carried out when a ply inspection is specified by the production data. LASERGUIDE projects the position for the operator to place a High Accuracy Manually Positioned Inspector (HAMPI), which then illuminates, captures, calibrates and analyzes a digital image of the inspection region. The APV system verifies material type, ply presence, sequence, location and/or fiber orientation.
The APV system prevents an operator from proceeding to the next layup pattern until the inspection results fall within manufacturing tolerances. It also archives all data generated, affording comprehensive traceability to the manufacturer as well as to the end user.
KitGuide speeds up sorting and unloading of complicated cutter nests. KitGuide minimizes sorting errors by indicating which ply to pick up next.
Originally introduced in 1995, KitGuide indicates the sequence for unloading a cutter by projecting a line of laser light showing the location of each ply in a logical sequence for a kit. The system reads any native nesting data and eliminates the inefficient requirement for cutter operators to read ply maps or sort from labels.
The new Multitasking KitGuide projects kitting sequences for up to three parts simultaneously, thus increasing the unloading rate. Multitasking KitGuide also enables a single kit to be unloaded from both sides of the table simultaneously, eliminating the need to reach across the table. Each operator also has the option to wear a wireless printer that generates a detailed label to be placed on each ply as it is unloaded from the table.