|Tecnatom has been awarded the supply of two new robotic inspection systems for the
Airbus production site in Nantes. The first one is already operating at the customer
premises and the second has just passed the pre-acceptance tests.
Inspection systems are based on Tecnatom’s TAURUS robotic system, in this case on a
base with turning table, in order to facilitate ultrasonic inspection of revolution parts
made of carbon fiber, called acoustic panels. The A380, A350, A320neo and A330neo
aircraft incorporate these components.
Tecnatom consolidates its presence in the French aerospace market, where it already
counts on such inspection systems operating in Corse Composites Aéronautiques and
Daher-Socata factories, in addition to others provided by its French subsidiary
Madrid, October 3rd 2016.- Tecnatom’s aerospace division strengthens its position in the
French aerospace market, thanks to the award of two new inspection systems for the Airbus
site in Nantes. These equipments are based on TAURUS robotic system, in this case on a base
with turning table, in order to facilitate ultrasonic inspection of revolution parts made of carbon
The first one is already operating at Airbus Nantes plant and it helps increasing productivity in
the inspection of cylindrical panels, which are incorporated in the A380, A350, A320neo and
A330neo aircraft. The second system, which actually is an evolved version of the first, has just
passed the pre-acceptance testing and will be in production early next year. Both systems are
very similar, but thanks to a close cooperation with the customer, the latter has enhanced
capabilities. It is a TAURUS robotic system of new generation, dedicated to ultrasonic
inspections of revolution parts made of carbon fiber composite through air transmission
technique. This technique is essential for the inspection of special parts, such as acoustic
panels, because they have a core of paper and is not possible the use of water for ultrasonic
transmission, which adds difficulty to the inspection technique.
Furthermore, our software for data acquisition -InspectView©- has been improved and also our
electronic system SONIA (both own patented technology by Tecnatom). Probes on air of low
frequency have been used and they are getting good results, detecting all defects required.
Another improvement incorporated in the systems is a lighter carbon fiber yoke, and a new
robot and controller able to increase accuracy and double the speed in data transmission. This
system has also incorporated new technology in order to increase safety levels during
operation, protecting both people and the pieces and other elements, too.
Finally, the system also includes an application of geometries recognition, called GEOLID and
also developed by Tecnatom, which allows recognition of the piece from its geometry, and
selects from the file trajectories for inspection, the one which corresponds. In addition, it also
monitors that the position of the workpiece in tooling, and the latter within the space of
inspection, are correct in leveling and alignment, interrupting inspection otherwise to prevent
damage in the piece to be inspected.
These two systems for Airbus Nantes add to other inspection equipment also based on robots
that Tecnatom has already in operation in Corse Composites Aéronautiques and Daher-Socata
factories, in addition to others provided by its French subsidiary Metalscan.
Tecnatom is a Spanish multinational engineering, present in 32 countries with over 50 years
experience in NDT. The company develops its own state-of-the-art technology in ultrasonic
inspection that is permanently updated and improved through R&D. Tecnatom Group has
established itself as a leading company in supplying inspection systems, equipment and
services mainly based on ultrasonics, Eddy current, thermography and other NDT techniques
in nuclear and aviation industry, among other markets.
Tecnatom Group has managed to position itself as a benchmark company in the supply of
inspection systems, providing its technology to Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer, the
big four western aerospace companies, in addition to the Russian United Aircraft Corporation
(UAC) and the Asian COMAC. In addition to these major manufacturers Tecnatom systems
are found in many others Tier 1 and Tier 2, on four continents.
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