By Peggy Malnati, CompositesWorld Magazine Contributing Writer
Aerospace-aimed ply placement technology evolves into process management and near-real-time inspection system for production laminated composite parts.
An aerospace technology that combines a camera, a laser projection system, and special software provides inline inspection and error detection in the layup of laminate composite parts. Offered by Aligned Vision (formerly Assembly Guidance Systems Inc., Chelmsford, MA, US), it is already in use at several aerospace customers. The company hopes that, as the automotive industry ramps up composites production capacity, it also will implement automatic composites inspection at a point where error detection and defect correction are least expensive.