Data aggregation software for carbon composites

NLign Analytics has introduced to the composites industry a new software platform designed exclusively for carbon composite manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) organizations.

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NLign Analytics (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) has introduced to the composites industry a new software platform designed exclusively for carbon composite manufacturers and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) organizations. The NLign platform is designed to aggregate inspection, maintenance and manufacturing data useful by displaying it in a 3-D environment. This approach is said to reveal hidden relationships in the data, reducing the time, cost, and effort needed to create and maintain carbon composite structures.

NLign Analytics notes that carbon fiber composites allow the aerospace industry to create stronger, lighter and more efficient parts, but they can be difficult to manufacture and repair because of the large amounts of data generated. NLign, says the company, transforms raw data into actionable information that simplifies the manufacturing and repair process. Data are mapped to a 3-D computer model of the part, reportedly making it easy to find and access needed information. The system can automatically collect aircraft inspection data from non-destructive inspection (NDI) equipment, inspector annotations, digital images, SAP systems, paper forms and other process data.

Early adopters of NLign—including the U.S. Navy, U.S. Air Force, and private sector companies in the Airbus and Boeing supply chains—have reportedly cut costs and reduced scrap rates by improving their first pass yield, or the number of parts that pass inspection the first time. Over time, trends in multiple structures can be identified faster, saving time and money by helping to prevent problems before they occur. 

NLign also has applications for aircraft in the field. By snapping a digital photo, precise damage location information can be captured and relayed back to maintenance, repair and overhaul teams. According to the U.S. Navy, repair tasks that once took one to two days can now be completed in as little as an hour using NLign. Early rollout of the system is showing the potential to save the Navy more than $1 million in labor costs annually on one aircraft fleet it manages with NLign.

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