Creaform 3D expertise in non-destructive testing in aerospace
Leading company in portable and 3D-measurement solutions and engineering services, Creaform, has announced that the company's non-destructive testing (NDT) will now be used in the aerospace industry.
With its inspection solutions, airlines as well as maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) service companies, can perform the evaluations of in-service aircraft safety efficiently, while cutting costs and saving downtime, Creaform says.
“As predictive maintenance becomes more prominent, aviation maintenance professionals and aircraft MRO providers are increasingly on the lookout for innovative methods that enable quicker and safer decisions to be made on the outcome of part defects,” says Steeves Roy, NDT product manager at Creaform. “The mapping of external surface defects on aircraft parts, which can prove difficult to obtain using traditional methods, namely hail damage, bird impacts and lightning strikes on the fuselage and wings, can be assessed with 3D scanning. When paired with advanced inspection tools, such a solution cuts down on the operator’s impact on measurements, shortens time to get the final report, and reinforces decision-making,” Roy noted.
To ensure that the solution matches aviation maintenance industry requirements and properly reflects the market needs, Creaform is partnering with major aircraft manufacturers for beta testing. It stated that the surface inspection solution for aerospace applications is set for release in October 2017.
Earlier this year, Creaform announced that the company's Handy-Scan 3D metrology-grade laser scanner had made its first major step into the aerospace industry. It was added to the Airbus Technical Equipment Manual (TEM) that is referenced in the Airbus Structure Repair Manual (SRM).
According to the company, its NDT solution is well-known in the oil and gas industry. This is comprised of its Handy-Scan 3D portable metrology-grade scanner and its Pipecheck NDT software, both of which allow automatic on-site inspection, detection and characterisation of pipeline defects. With traceable and repeatable inspection data and results, operators can access critical information for making safer decisions.