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NDT.net Issue - 2013-05 - NEWS
NDT.net Issue: 2013-05
Publication: e-Journal of Nondestructive Testing (NDT) ISSN 1435-4934 (NDT.net Journal)

Tecscan's Side-Arms Gantry System: Powerful Solution Designed to Evaluate Large Aerospace Composite Structures and to Perform Complex 3D C-Scans

TecScan Systems28, Boucherville, Quebec, Canada

TecScan introduces a new Squirter Gantry system with two side-arms configuration which is specially designed to perform 3D scanning of complex composite and metallic structures. The Gantry System is composed of an industrial mechanical scanner and a control workstation. The mechanical scanner is a large industrial Cartesian coordinate robot with two side-arms which can accommodate up to 10 independent axes.

Our standard configuration consists of 2 independent X-axis towers (X1 & X2), 2 horizontal Y carriages (Y1 & Y2), 2 vertical Z-axis (Z1 & Z2), and two Swivel / Gimbal assemblies; this gantry system can also be custom designed to meet clients’ needs. All motors are high quality servomotors equipped with gearboxes and optical encoders. The Gantry system also comes with two squirter nozzles and all the required water metering and filtering equipment.

The workstation consists of an industrial enclosure containing the control computer, all the required electronics including motor drive electronics, as well TecScan’s state of the art 3D motion controller and ultrasonic inspection hardware. The Gantry squirter scanning system is operated using our amazing TecView™ 3D software package, which takes control of all the axes, setups all inspection parameters and performs all required C-Scan and B-Scan analysis of the collected ultrasonic data.

This Gantry squirter solution uses ultrasonic Pulse-Echo (PE) and Through-Transmission (TT) testing techniques, the latter being the most commonly used when inspecting thick composite materials for delaminations, and sandwiched honeycombs for evaluating the presence of bond failure or crushed cores. The system produces A-Scan, B-Scan and C-Scan images of the inspected structure and defects as small as 4 mm can be detected and mapped on the 3D C-Scans depending on the inspected material.

System characteristics & performances:

  • Two independent X-axis towers for full 3D scanning
  • Computer controlled and operated by TecViewTM 3D
  • High-speed inspections on 3D surfaces (above 200 mm/s)
  • Large scanning envelope
  • Simultaneous Pulse-Echo & Through-Transmission
  • Scanning motion profile created from CAD files
  • Interactive tools for part entry
  • Probe & beam calibration
  • Easy interpretation of results (3D display)
  • Defect sizing on curved surfaces

About TecScan Systems
TecScan Systems Inc., a leader in innovative non-destructive testing technologies, specializes in the development of Immersion Scanners and Automated NDT inspection solutions. TecScan manufactures Manual and Automated Non-destructive Ultrasonic and Eddy Current scanners. We offer advanced Non-destructive testing solutions for a wide range of industrial applications: civil and military aerospace, petrochemical, pipelines, automotive, metallic plates and sheets.

e-mail: info@tecscan.ca
website: www.tecscan.ca

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