Leveraging AI in manufacturing quality efforts: what it takes

Now that artificial intelligence (AI) has reached broad commercial status in consumer and business applications, AI in manufacturing has also begun to take hold. This disruptive technology is likely to dramatically improve manufacturing operations over the next few years. Unfortunately, it is also likely that a “Driven by AI” sticker slapped on the side of… Read more »

From catastrophic failures to zero defect manufacturing

How machine vision and artificial intelligence saved an aerospace defense contractor Zero defect manufacturing is a relatively new quality paradigm, but more and more producers of large, complex products – most notably, aircraft and automobiles – are pursuing the goal of zero defects. After the quality escapes of early 2024, which resulted in several aircraft… Read more »

Why wind blade manufacturing needs automatic in-process inspection

Wind blade manufacturers continue to rely heavily on manual processes, but they are developing technologies to automate various aspects of the wind blade manufacturing process: material handling, ply layup, vacuum infusion, assembly and finishing operations. Their goal is to lower cycle time and production costs, which will help to reduce the levelized cost of energy… Read more »

Eliminating quality escapes from your shop floor

“Quality escape” was not a familiar term to the general public, or even to many stakeholders in the manufacturing world, until Boeing CEO Dave Calhoun used it to describe the cause of the Alaska Airlines Boeing 737-9 door plug assembly failure in January. A single improperly installed bolt slipped past inspection procedures by the supplier… Read more »

How to make multitasking laser projection work for you

When we ask tradeshow visitors who are not using Aligned Vision equipment about multitasking laser projection, the most common response we get is that their projectors have it, but they don’t use it. In theory, multitasking laser projection sounds like a valuable feature. After all, if you are able to apply one projector to multiple… Read more »

Much more than laser templating: What 3D laser projection will do for you

When 3D laser projection first entered the manufacturing realm, laser pioneer and Aligned Vision founder Scott Blake focused specifically on creating “templates of light” for structural aerospace components made from advanced composite materials. The boost to quality and reduction in cycle time were nothing short of revolutionary in this first industrial application of 3D laser… Read more »

The true value of artificial intelligence in manufacturing and inspections

Artificial intelligence (AI) has made surprisingly deep inroads into the manufacturing realm over the past half-dozen years. According to management consulting firm McKinsey, only 20 percent of manufacturers reported using AI in 2017, but today that number hovers between 50 and 60 percent. With the tight margins and stiff competition most manufacturers are currently facing,… Read more »

Raising weld quality and speed takes more than laser projection

When it comes to improving weld quality and accelerating welding operations, guidance from laser projection systems is a mature, proven technology. In fact, for more than 15 years LASERGUIDE laser projection has been used in harsh shipyard environments to provide efficient, reliable welding support for all Virginia-class submarines. To raise both quality and speed of… Read more »

How to implement automatic in-process inspection: A step-by-step guide

Automatic in-process inspection offers such immense advantages over manual inspection, one might wonder why it hasn’t already been implemented across the manufacturing world. But we get it. As with almost any new technology for the shop floor, any hesitancy probably stems from legitimate concerns about the implementation process. What does it take to develop an… Read more »

In-process inspection of large components: Doing what metrology, profilometry and smart cameras can’t

In-process inspection technologies have advanced considerably over the past decade, with many manufacturers performing inspection with smart cameras, profilometry, automated metrology systems and more. Such advancements are impressive but limited when it comes to large works-in-progress (WIPs). Picking up where these technologies drop off, LASERVISION has been designed specifically for large WIPs, like the one… Read more »