New 3D laser inspection solution with software dedicated to surface damage assessment on airplanes in maintenance

Taquin, Olivier; Ametek SAS - Division Creaform; France

Taquin, O.; Creaform; France

ID: ECNDT-0492-2018
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Session: Aerospace 3
Room: G1
Date: 2018-06-12
Time: 16:20 - 16:40

Impacts on airplanes fuselage can be caused by hail storms, falling tools, bird impacts, and various other sources. The position, size, diameter, shape, and correlation between defects must be verified to determine the airplane serviceability as fast as possible to minimize downtime and its associated cost. The geometrical assessment of dents is one of the critical tasks performed by MROs, therefore demanding repeatable, traceable and accurate measurement tools. This paper describes how a metrology-grade 3D scanning technology combined with a dedicated software can simplify the deployment in the field, increase the ease-of-use by the inspectors, and allow quick decision making while addressing the needs for high quality auditable results. Inspectors can configure their scan and reporting parameters to meet their specific needs and export the data in Excel, cvs and txt file formats. This solution now certified by Airbus and included in their Technical Equipment Manual can contribute in reducing damage assessment time by up to 80% while minimizing the risk of human error.