FibreEYE

State of the art in-process composite fibre inspection system

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The ‘FibreEYE’ Inspection System is a state of the art system designed for in-process verification of the composite fibre deposition process.

It utilises a very high speed camera to verify the deposition integrity of glass or carbon fibre tows or fabrics into a mould tool. In an Advanced Fibre Placement (AFP) scenario the system is mounted alongside or in line with the deposition head and continuously monitors for features such as gaps, overlaps, twists and bridging. In a fabric draping situation the system is mounted on the fabric gripper or on a secondary robot and can be used to verify fibre volume fraction and edge location.

Logged defects are stored in a manufacturing database along with their location and defining characteristics.

Key capabilities
THICKNESS MEASUREMENT

FibreEYE allows for intelligent fibre density analysis throughout the lay-up process.

PROFILING TECHNOLOGY

Rapid generation of surface information with minimal data dropout at fast scan speeds.

REAL TIME ANALYSIS AND DISPLAY

Flexibility to distribute complex measurements and analysis operations over multiple processors and servers for faster results and feedback.

IMAGE NORMALISATION

Algorithms compensate for offset scans to rescale and realign generated surface profiles in real time.

Technical specification

The system is designed to detect the following surface anomalies:

  • Gaps
  • Overlaps
  • Twists
  • Bridging
  • Fibre orientation
  • Fibre volume
  • Fibre thickness
  • Edge location
  • Fuzzballs
  • Foreign object detection

Adjacent scans are analysed and features spanning more than one scan are concatenated into a single anomaly.

Profile capture at 800FPS. Typical application speeds:

Path speed (mm/s) Resolution in direction of travel (mm) Scan resolution (μm) Height resolution (μm)
1000 1.25 55 27
500 0.63 55 27
250 0.32 55 27
100 0.13 55 27

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