Hexagon MI Features Carbon Composite Inspection System

Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has announced it will showcase a new Carbon Composite Inspection System for the Aerospace industry in its booth at the WESTEC 2017 exhibition, Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California, from September 12 – 14, 2017.

Based on Apodius 3D technology, the new technology offering features advanced inspection and analysis of lightweight carbon-fiber components at an unprecedented level of speed and detail. The unique solution automates the manual visual inspection process of carbon composites, and helps to reduce component weight and material usage. The system is comprised of a portable ROMER Absolute Arm with Integrated Scanner, the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision Sensor camera-based scanning hardware, and the custom-built Apodius Explorer 3D real-time software package.

WESTEC’s will also feature a new Smart Manufacturing Seminar Series designed for manufacturers who rely on Industry 4.0, and those who have not made the move. On Tuesday, September 12 at 1pm, Scott Everling and Don Manfredi will present Automation and Smart Quality for Aerospace Application. During this presentation, manufacturers will learn from an automation viewpoint how to leverage flexible measurement technologies to validate processes and enable data-driven decision-making throughout the product lifecycle. Metrology and automation will be explored in terms of driving continuous improvement in every stage of the manufacturing process. The speakers are both members of the Integration Solutions Business Unit at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence.

“Our focus for WESTEC is Smart Quality and the potential of smart, data-driven manufacturing. We are excited to showcase a significant measurement offering for the carbon-fiber composite industry, a sector that continues to experience exponential growth,” said Zvonimir Kotnik, Director of Business Operations at Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence North America. “The Composite Inspection System merges the existing strengths of the ROMER Absolute Arm product line with the sensor and software expertise of Apodius. This collaboration has produced a quality assurance solution that will fuel further advancement of this sector.”

The ROMER Absolute Arm SI acts as a global reference system for data collected by the Composite Inspection System, addressing  a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, transportation, marine, electronics, infrastructure and more. This solution delivers high-definition fiber orientation and geometry measurement, as well as complete three-dimensional model creation and analysis. Operators can perform actual-to-target value comparison and detect, document and classify previously difficult to define composite production errors. The new product is compatible with all ROMER Absolute Arm SI models.

Apodius is an emerging leader in lightweight carbon composite inspection and analysis. Combining progressive sensor and integration knowledge with advanced data processing and interpretation expertise, the company delivers leading quality assurance solutions to OEMs and suppliers across every industry in which composite component production is a key concern.

With a focus on realizing and integrating measurement solutions for composite production that target both process and product characteristics, Apodius also develops innovative software packages for the analysis of measurement data and supports automation concepts requiring production-integrated quality control.

For more information: www.hexagonmi.com  www.apodius.com