Airbus Helicopters (formerly Eurocopter)
Dual-Robot Ultrasonic Testing of CFRP and other composite aerospace components:
Over 200 different types of helicopter parts are scanned fully automated by two standard industrial robots. The robots are mounted in a gantry with a travel of 6m. Using water coupling, test methods include through-transmission, pulse-echo and phased array with 64 elements. Both robots are achieving an absolute accuracy of better than 0.5 mm over the working envelope of 7 x 2 x 4 m³. Continuous operation began in 2004, including autonomous night shifts on a regular basis.
PDF: A Twin Robot Approach for UT Inspection and Porosity Evaluation of Complex Shaped Helicopter Components