GLOBAL Advantage HTA

The High Throughput and Accuracy Measurement Solution for Aerospace Compressor Blade Manufacturers

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Achieve between two and five times the measurement throughput compared to tactile scanning with the GLOBAL Advantage HTA measurement solution for aeroengine blades, via the combination of a high-accuracy non-contact laser, 4-axis simultaneous motion controller and optimised data acquisition methods with high precision.

Today’s aerospace market is faced with increasing demands to launch multiple engines with higher performance and greater fuel efficiency. Current measurement methods used to control the manufacturing process and validate finished blades can cause bottlenecks and delay output of these new engines. The GLOBAL Advantage HTA is a specialised hardware and software solution that answers the needs of jet engine manufacturers seeking measurement technologies that provide step change improvement in measurement throughput, while providing richer measurement data.

The GLOBAL Advantage HTA solution combines speed with the accuracy expected from Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence when performing blade inspection. This solution is based on the advanced HP-O Multi optical sensor technology, which places high-speed measurement of aero- and land-based turbine blades in a shop-floor environment.
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Flexible Non-Contact HP-O Multi Advanced Laser Sensor
The HP-O Multi delivers the configuration flexibility to suit compressor blade geometries and surface types from rough forged to micro-finish without the need for costly secondary coating and cleaning operations. Small and restricted feature access is provided via HP-O Multi independent probe orientations and three optic models short range to long range.

Suitable for Any Size Production Environment
The system is suitable for any size production environment thanks to the compact floor plan. The user workstation arm and peripheral device power switches are front mounted allowing for single side access, and reducing floor space requirements related to maintenance and access. Thermal compensation and passive vibration isolation reduces influence on measurement data in environments with active forging and press operations. Additionally, the system includes contamination prevention to mitigate against airborne contaminants. 

HP-O Multi Ensures Maximum Configuration Flexibility
The flexible non-contact laser optical probing configuration can be applied to a wide range of varying surface finishes. It can also use multiple sensors (up to six); each independently oriented to provide required access to difficult to reach blade surfaces.

Intuitive Application-Based User Interface
BladeSmart parametric command library provides a unique development environment. Inspection of aerofoil, platform, and root characteristics are easily combined to suit desired manufacturing measurement operations. 

Reduced Creation / Deployment Time
Using enhanced measurement methods and measurement task development tools, creation and deployment of complex individual 2D and 3D blade measurement operation now take only minutes to complete.  
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