Tecnatom places NDT system with Harbin Hafei Airbus

Spain-based Tecnatom's ultrasonic inspection system will be used by Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre to make composite parts for the A350 XWB and A320 programs.

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After an international bidding process, Tecnatom (Madrid, Spain) will supply a new ultrasonic inspection system to Harbin Hafei Airbus Composite Manufacturing Centre (HHACMC, Harbin, China), the joint venture between Airbus (Toulouse, France) and its Chinese partners. This factory, located in northeast China, produces composite parts for the A350 XWB and A320 programs.

This latest contract adds another of Tecnatom’s ultrasonic inspection system for aircraft composite components delivered in 2011 to the same customer. The Spanish company already has four inspection systems in major aerospace consortia of China, a consolidated strategic aerospace market that represents almost half of its exports.

The new inspection system incorporates the latest technology developed by Tecnatom, in a more advanced and flexible configuration, by using two robots (Taurus Twin) which move on a set of 15m linear tracks. This is the second Tecnatom inspection system in this plant, which already supplied in 2011 a Cartesian system with two vertical arms that offers the possibility of multi-technique, pulse-echo, phased-array and water jet transmission inspection.

In total there are four systems provided by Tecnatom in China, two located in COMAC (Shanghai Aircraft and Beijing R&D factories) and AVIC, plus both mentioned in Harbin.

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