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NDT MANUFACTURING

Optical metrology improves the production
of composite products at every step

Daniel Brown,
Director - Product Management
Creaform/Ametek

T

he automotive industry is facing
increasing pressure to meet higher
fuel efficiency and environmental
performance requirements; thus, the
demand for composite materials is growing.
The production of composites, however, is a
complex process that requires many distinct
steps.

Quality inspection directly on the shop floor

Composite materials are becoming increasingly popular in the automotive industry due to their lightweight properties. Developing
new composite products quickly and efficiently is, therefore, the
main objective of the manufacturing companies working in these
industries. However, several problems can impact the production of
composite parts that, once completed, will not meet the customer's
requirements. Portable metrology solutions - and, more specifically,
optical portable CMMs - help resolve the problems and challenges of
composite material manufacturing.

Challenges
Each step can present issues with shrinkage,
part thickness, distortion, and tooling quality, which increase the pressure placed on
quality control teams and their coordinate
measuring machines (CMMs). Indeed, an
extensive use of CMMs regularly provokes
a lot of back and forth at the beginning of
the production, causing a bottleneck effect
that clogs the manufacturing process. In
addition, since the manufacturing of composites comprises many steps, it is not easy
to locate where specific issues occur. This
means coming back and making changes
until the composite part meets the customer's requirements, specifications, and tolerances. This can result in major difficulties to
pass the first article inspection (FAI) or the
production part approval process (PPAP)
due to measuring equipment incapability
and errors that are time consuming, cause
unexpected costs, induce delays, and affect
customer satisfaction.
Solutions
Metrology is the best way to ensure the
quality of composite materials. Among the
most common metrology instruments is the
coordinate measuring machine. Traditional
CMMs, which are fixed to the ground and
usually slow, require bringing the measured
piece to the measuring tool. In an industrial
environment, where composite parts are

often large and cannot be moved easily,
this measurement system is definitely not
the fastest (in terms of programming and
operating times), nor the most convenient
(in terms of level of accuracy that is overkill
for tolerances typically required in the
industry). Therefore, metrology equipment
enabling quality inspection directly on the
shop floor is preferable.
Portable CMMs, such as articulated arms,
laser trackers, and optical CMMs, allow
this type of 3D measurement. Because
of their ease of implementation and their
speed, portable CMMs enable more
measurements at more intermediate stages
for a better quality inspection. All these
measurement opportunities, however, must
be performed on the shop floor. Shop floor
measurements are often synonymous with
environmental instability and complexity,
as creating a rigid measurement setup practically eliminates the possibility of using
arm CMMs and laser trackers. If a measured
piece moves, vibrates, or oscillates during
the measurement, then 3D inspection and
quality testing will not be valid.
Optical portable CMMs can solve the specific challenges of composite material manufacturing. In fact, it is the only category of
3D measurement systems that can answer
the specific needs of quality inspection in a
real industrial environment. In addition to

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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019

Cover
Edito
Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
Contents
NEWS
In brief
Successful partners
Agenda
BUSINESS
Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
MANUFACTURING
Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
FEATURE SPORTS & LEISURE - The largest testing ground
Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
SOLUTIONS
Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
Watch - A watch ahead of its time
In the world - Composites visit the doctor
TECHNOLOGY
Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
Index
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Edito
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Moving composites forward: on the shoulders of giant
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 5
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Contents
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In brief
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 9
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Successful partners
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Agenda
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Matrix - CFRP composite manufacturing trends
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 13
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 14
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Cost - A brand-new approach for economically competitive composites
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 16
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 17
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 18
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Fibre placement - Replacing individual unit tests by integrated process control
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 20
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - NDT - Optical metrology improves the production of composite products at every step
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 23
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Initiative - Spotlights from the world of lightweighting
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 25
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 26
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Success story - DPS designs the world’s most advanced skis
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 28
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - New type of unidirectional prepreg for sport applications with complex shapes
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 30
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Additive manufacturing - lnnovative composite bicycle frame
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 32
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Textile - Porcher lndustries: excellence in sports and leisure
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 34
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 35
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Innovations - Sports on the scene at JEC World 2019
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 37
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Carbon - The next generation of high-performance rigging
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 39
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Standardisation - Research, innovation and development for composite marine and offshore applications
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 41
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 42
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Infrastructure - Can carbon-reinforced concrete replace steel in the long run?
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 44
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 45
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 46
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Art - “Train your brain, think disruptive, outside the box and follow your visions!”
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 48
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Music - Music instruments from carbon, glass or flax fibres
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 50
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 51
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Watch - A watch ahead of its time
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 53
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - In the world - Composites visit the doctor
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 55
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Ageing - Effects of ageing on the mechanical and structural properties of glass/epoxy composite pipes in seawater
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 57
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 58
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JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 60
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - 61
JEC COMPOSITES MAGAZINE - Issue #129 - July/August 2019 - Inside the lab - Advanced Composites Research Group – Queen’s University Belfast
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