Aerospace Maintenance (MRO)
Inspection and Analytics Technology Helping Aircraft Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul Teams to Keep Aircraft in the Sky
Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) is about ensuring that aircraft are safe to fly. MRO operations involve regularly scheduled line and base maintenance activities, including structural inspection tasks.
Whether the aircraft is a traditional metal structure or the latest generation of jetliner made from composite materials, airlines and operators must perform these tasks to prevent and detect structural damage, dents, cracks, and corrosion defects.
Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence’s 3D scanning solutions can help operators quickly inspect aircraft structural surfaces such as the engine air inlet, nacelle panels, fan blades or wing slat leading edges, all of which are exposed to lightning, ice and bird strikes.
Ground maintenance team mechanics use our ergonomic handheld 3D scanners to quickly detect and evaluate damage, while engine repair and overhaul maintenance facilities use our automated coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to identify defects on larger batches of parts like engine blades and casings.
Accurate 3D measurement data also gives MRO teams the option to reverse engineer replacement parts to make repairs. This is particularly important when the part’s CAD models are not available; reverse engineering from rich point cloud data is often the quickest way to remanufacture the component, and our CAD CAM solutions can support toolpath creation from the scan data.
Hexagon is also helping aircraft MRO teams to reduce the aircraft downtimes by providing digital data collection and management tools that help them shift from preventive to predictive maintenance. Our data analytics and simulation solutions can aid MRO by recording and analysing structural inspection results to optimise maintenance tasks, enabling airlines to bring aircraft back into service in the shortest possible time.
Data analysis and visualisation tools help automate and improve the crucial identification, recording and analysis of aircraft structural damage from multiple sources.
Optimising the measurement of aircraft frames and stringers on the shop floor or close to machining centres increases productivity and ensures accuracy.
Portable measurement solutions can increase productivity in aircraft cabin fitting by simplifying the inspection of passenger seat frames.
A combination of tactile and optical measurement is required to check the dimension, location, and orientation of turbine blade cooling holes.
Flexible measurement solutions for the fast and accurate inspection of compressor and turbine casing components.
High-accuracy measurement is required to ensure aero engine gears enable smooth power transmission to other engine components.
Fan casing inspection requires measuring solutions that can cater for the part’s large size and tight clearance requirements.
Efficient 3D non-contact measurement of bent and welded pipes in serial production or for reverse engineering.
High-accuracy measurement is required to validate and verify the profiles, thickness, and alignment of aero engine compressor and turbine blades.
Measuring solutions offering high accuracy and flexibility are required to ensure correct engine turbine vane inspection.
Tactile and optical scanning solutions for high-accuracy measurement of geometrical, freeform surfaces, and profile features on aero engine blisks.
Increased accuracy and part accessibility are required for measuring the full length and circularity of aero engine shafts and spools
Quick, high-accuracy measurement solutions ensure all aero engine fan blade features are in tolerance while helping to reduce total production time.
The dimensional inspection of ribs, hinges and other large machined parts used in an aircraft’s structure requires large-volume measurement solutions with excellent...
Dimensional inspection of critical aerodynamic aircraft components such as winglets, fairings and pylons is essential to safe and efficient flight.
Increase productivity by turning the installation and inspection of brackets in aircraft cabins into a one-step process.
Accurate inclination measurement is required to calibrate and check the function of aircraft flight control surfaces such as the elevator, rudder, slats, flaps and ailerons.
Using 3D scanning to reverse engineer parts makes it easier to repair, maintain and overhaul aircraft for which CAD data is not available.
Aircraft manufacturers can improve the use and traceability of materials, as well as product design, by capturing, managing and sharing data about materials from within...