National Research Council of Canada and Fives partner on inspection technology for aerospace

The joint venture is working to develop an advanced profilometer that will provide faster and more accurate part inspection.


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The National Research Council of Canada (NRC, Ottawa, Canada) and Fives (Hebron, KY, US) have joined forces to improve the efficiency of manufacturing composite parts. The joint venture is working to develop an advanced profilometer that will provide faster and more accurate part inspection.

Based on an innovative optical technology, the advanced profilometer for composite placement reportedly shows considerable advantages over existing inspection technologies used for the same purposes. According to the NRC, the in-process inspection technology will help manufacturers meet strict standards by providing superior measuring information without limiting the process functionality. The ultimate goal is to speed up manufacturing processes, reduce the risk of errors and help composite manufacturers be more competitive.

Fives has started the last testing stage of the next-generation profilometer with customers and expects to begin commercializing the technology before the end of 2019. The NRC and Fives will continue to work together to advance the technology and bring innovative manufacturing solutions to the aerospace industry.

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