Integrated layup-quality inspection system

VISTAGY Inc. and Assembly Guidance Systems have integrated the former’s FiberSIM composites engineering software with Automatic Ply Verification (APV), an inspection feature of the latter’s LASERGUIDE laser projection system.

VISTAGY Inc. (Waltham, Mass.) and Assembly Guidance Systems (Chelmsford, Mass.) have integrated the former’s FiberSIM composites engineering software with Automatic Ply Verification (APV), an inspection feature of the latter’s LASERGUIDE laser projection system. The combination reportedly enables automatic inspection, verification and documentation of ply placement for hand-layed composite parts. VISTAGY’s FiberSIM, which supports analysis, design, manufacturing and quality inspection, automatically generates files from the 3-D CAD models that control the laser projection system during ply layup. Users can simultaneously generate APV files, giving the operator a complete set of manufacturing commands. LASERGUIDE projects the position for the operator to place a High Accuracy Manually Positioned Inspector (HAMPI) unit, which can verify material type, ply presence, sequence, location and fiber orientation, and it also detects foreign objects. LASERGUIDE will not proceed to the next pattern until the inspection results fall within manufacturing tolerances.  

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