Aerospace manufacturers are facing ever-more stringent tolerance demands on critical defense programs, including the manufacturing of components and final assembly of the next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft. By deploying the latest metrology tools, aerospace/defense builders can meet the high-tolerance demands of the JSF program, which can be much greater than more typical aircraft requirements. Today's technology includes inspection systems using lasers, vision, portable arms, and gantry-based CMMs that can handle a wide variety of metrology tasks. Laser-based inspection measurement systems from Metris USA Inc include the company's Laser Radar and Indoor GPS metrology systems used to measure large aircraft workpieces. On-machine verification software packages have made OMV more capable, as with the latest version of PowerInspect from Delcam PLC. Delcam recently updated PowerInspect to include support for the Revo five-axis scanning probe from Renishaw PLC. With OMV technology, aerospace manufacturers have more ways to accurately measure for such applications.
Aerospace: DEMANDS PRECISION INSPECTION Patrick Waurzyniak Manufacturing Engineering; Mar 2009; 142, 3; Docstoc pg. 7
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