Air Force Honeycomb Shaping at SM-ALC (Sacramento Air Logistics Center),
SACRAMENTO AIR LOGISTICS CENTER MCCLELLAN AFB CALIF
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The system described in this paper is being developed by Robotic Vision Systems, Inc. and is part of the Manufacturing Technology for Integration of Advance Repair Bonding Technique. At present repair of bonded metal honeycomb aircraft structure is performed with manual techniques which are labor intensive and result in repair quality dependent on the skill and patience of the repairman. These manual techniques are not only costly in terms of repair labor and materials but also, as a consequence of the long cycle time, costly in terms of aircraft availability. The system described in this paper will substantially decrease repair cycle time and improve quality of repair by providing an automated means to dimensionally define the repair area and accomplish accurate cutting and inspection of honeycomb structures. The optical measurement system is able to accurately digitize the entire surface contours of the area to be repaired in significantly less time than provided by contacting systems. Further, since the optical measurement technique will be used, there will be no danger of core damage which can be caused by contact measurement probes.