A L I G N E D   V I S I O N

SOLUTIONS

At Aligned Vision, we love to hear customers affirmatively marvel, “We can do that?” Our pioneering work has eliminated whole warehouses, cut hours of manual processes, and enabled low-skill operators to complete work that previously required skilled artisans. Rate, weight and quality drive our industry, and our solutions address all three. Our innovations have dramatically increased throughput, drastically reduced the cost of production and rework, and enhanced quality and traceability.

EXECUTIVES gain repeat business, satisfied customers, and a healthier profit and loss statement.

ENGINEERS gain confidence that components are built rigorously in accordance with their designs and specifications.

MANAGERS gain new tools and methods for streamlining fabrication and raising production rates.

OPERATORS gain clear and easy-to-use guidance for each task of each build.

INSIGHT

We help customers recognize where to improve processes and clearly define a path toward success.

INNOVATION

We stick with the task of creating a comprehensive solution until we’ve maximized the payoff for you.

COLLABORATION

Our innovations are successful only when our customers gain optimal benefit from them and get results.

TRANSFORMATION

Solutions that inspire you to focus less on fixing small problems and more on seeing the whole process.

LASER TEMPLATING

BENEFITS

Low production cycle times
High accuracy

After nearly three decades of using “templates of light” to swiftly and accurately align composite plies onto layup tools, composite fabricators may have trouble imagining the warehouses full of physical mylar and fiberglass templates that dotted the fabrication landscape in the 1980s. Aligned Vision pioneered industrial laser projection in 1988, and since then has accomplished every major “first” in this technology.

Key to the effectiveness of laser projection are both hardware and software developments. Today’s LASERGUIDE and LASERVISION systems are equipped with the most advanced lasers, galvanometers, optics and temperature stabilization mechanisms. Software enables seamless importation of design files and creates 3D projection patterns; enables multitasking; and facilitates integration with automatic fabrication equipment.

AUTOMATED INSPECTION AND DEFECT PREVENTION

BENEFITS

Assurance of built-as-designed components
Prevention of defects, reworking and scrap

Accurately laid up plies are essential to achieve “as-designed” part performance. Until recently, fabricators have been unable to accurately verify whether as-built fiber orientations, ply positioning, and other key parameters comply with the model definition. Nor could they automatically detect Foreign Objects and Debris (FOD) or other defects so that correction could occur immediately.

Now, LASERVISION directly relates the orientations and boundaries defined in the model with the as-built parameters. The system captures and analyzes calibrated images of the surface of each ply as it is laid up. Automatic defect detection saves LASERVISION users from the high costs of major rework or scrapping of composite components. LASERVISION has been proven in applications in which automatic detection of FOD is essential to part integrity.

ELECTRONIC PROCESS CONTROL AND DOCUMENTATION

BENEFITS

Maximum information content for each part produced
Detailed, quantitative evidence of the correct build

Fumbling through hardcopies of work instructions, tracking progress only with stamps and signatures – these bottlenecks and sources of error in composite fabrication are now things of the past. Aligned Vision’s BUILDGUIDE Process Control Suite electronically directs operators, helping to ensure that the right ply sequence, right debulk cycles, and so on, occur according to the engineer’s instructions.

BUILDGUIDE also provides traceability through automatically populated electronic records of material and production information. Ply presence, sequence, material batch, out time; debulk time, vacuum and duration; production information entered by operators; and inspection information and images generated by LASERVISION automatic inspection, are all kept in a database, referenced by work order, in a reportable form suitable for electronic transmission or hardcopy generation.

INTEGRATION AND IIoT

BENEFITS

Automatic maintenance of common coordinate system
Lightweighting

Solutions with their products. Our Software Development Kit (SDK) is a library that allows programmers to write software to directly control LASERGUIDE or LASERVISION from the automated system controller.

For both integrated and standalone appliations, our Fabrication Management Solutions generate a wealth of data that may be fed back to the design model to facilitate process improvement. Traditionally, the uncertainty created by manufacturing variations has been addressed through overdesign, with its attendant material, weight and cost penalties. But today, LASERVISION reduces the need for overdesign by serving as a data hub for IIoT systems and smart factories.