2023 JEC Composites Innovation Awards Winner - NIAR WSU

Discover the In-Process Afp Manufacturing Inspection System by NIAR WSU (United States)

In-process AFP Manufacturing Inspection System (IAMIS) for automated fiber placement (AFP) head to detect manufacturing defects and a user-friendly augmented reality visualization module.

IAMIS detects manufacturing defects that are above the certification basis (or unacceptable) using machine-learning (ML) algorithms for reducing time-consuming and operator-dependent manual inspection processes that require significantly interrupting the manufacturing process.

Key benefits

Increase automated manufacturing system utilization (operational efficiency)
Eliminate labor-intensive manual inspections and improve quality
Eliminate human error associated with operator experience levels
Augmented reality visualization for repair and quality assurance
Create a digital record of defects for certification and sustainment support

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