Automated Surface Inspection

Handheld 3D scanner used to speed up aircraft defect inspection

Tuesday 11th June, 2019

Boeing aircraft defect inspection

Creaform has announced that its HandySCAN 3D laser scanner can now be used for recording blends, defects and dents in all models of Boeing commercial aircraft.

A service letter with guidance has been released by Boeing, explaining how to use the 3D scanners to measure dents and blends on aeroplanes. The SmartDENT 3D solution and the HandySCAN 3D scanner were used in the process of guiding Boeing’s quality requirements for the service letter.

Nondestructive inspection (NDT)

The handheld 3D solution helps make the inspection as fast and efficient as possible. The scanner enables both savings in time and money, as the longer an in-service aircraft is grounded, the more airlines lose money. The savings would be felt across the industry but Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul centres (MRO companies), aircraft manufacturers and airlines, would benefit the most.

Benefits of handheld 3D inspection

  • Eighty times faster than standard aircraft defect inspection techniques
  • The scanner is highly accurate up to 0.025mm and has a resolution of 0.100mm
  • Real-time software visualisation allows operators to grade defects and assess accurate results
  • The scanner is handheld and lightweight, meaning hard to reach areas of the plane, such as under the wing, can be easily inspected

Shelton Vision has experience in inspecting man-made leather seating, carbon fibre (UD, weaving, fibre placement) and related aircraft products.

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