3D inspection of composite structures

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  • Inspection system for composite structures with focus on textile fabrics
  • System measures fiber orientation, detects production faults
  • Winner of JEC Asia Innovation Award, Category: Quality Control

High component costs have so far prevented the breakthrough of fiber composite materials in series production. In addition to the fibers themselves, the currently used manufacturing processes are responsible for most of the component costs. The basic requirement for significant cost reductions is to further automate processes.

Inspection system for composite structures with focus on textile fabrics

The company Apodius addresses this issue by providing a measurement technology for automated fiber composite production. The new Apodius Vision System 3D (AVS 3D) is an inspection system for composite structures in general and for textile fabrics in particular.

Apodius Vision System 3D

Apodius Vision System 3D during measuring of a composite structure (source: Apodius)

System measures fiber orientation, detects production faults

The AVS 3D measuring system enables the complete digitization of large preforms and components starting from the fiber and ending with the finished composite product. Combined with a global reference system (e.g. a robot), it provides a complete three-dimensional digitization of geometry, surface texture and fiber orientation. Captured geometries are wrapped with the component surface texture. Fiber orientations are calculated, compared to reference values and provided in a 3D-model for return in simulation or engineering software. Production faults are detected via actual-theoretical comparison. Due to the production integrated use of AVS the further processing of faulty components can be avoided. An IP-67 protection protects the system from carbon fibers and carbon dust.

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