AUSS -Automated Ultrasonic Scanning Systems

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AUSS XVII

AUSS XVII A (Neg#: Auss_XVII_a)

AUSS XVII is a special design system with array sensors and full digital waveform capture capabilities.

Two "Robotic" motion systems (one interior and another exterior) are used to validate the manufacturing integrity of the composite structure. Scanning dimensions are 50 x 20 x 20 feet.

AUSS XVI

Larger, dual bridge expansion of the AUSS-XV class machine.

  • Dual Overhead Bridge
  • 10 Axes 20 x 8 x 9 ' XYZ
  • Full +/-90 Pitch/Yaw
  • 24 inch/second speed

AUSS XV

AUSS XV A (Neg#: Auss_XV_a)AUSS XV is a smaller, eight axis system with a part positioning turntable for scanning unique aerospace assemblies. Scanning dimensions are 10 x 3 x 3 feet.

AUSS XIV

 

AUSS 4.5 (Neg#: Auss_4.5)
AUSS 4.5 with Dynamic Positioning Turntable

 

The AUSS XIV is a seven axis version of an AUSS system that provides AUSS capabilities on a robust, lower cost, gantry.

The AUSS XIV will follow curvature in all directions, staying normal in one direction, referred to as 2 1/2 D scanning. All data system options are available on the AUSS XIV, with X axis scanning at rates up to 40 ips. Scanning dimensions are typically 20 x 4 x 8 feet.

Update: With the recent addition of dynamic positioning turntable scanning capability, an AUSS XIV can now do full 3D scanning on parts that can be tooled on a turntable. Below is an AUSS 4.5 (a seven axes system) scanning a contoured 737 winglet acquiring TTU and PE from both sides over the complex contoured surface.

 

AUSS XIV (Neg#: AUSS_XIV)
AUSS XIV End View

 

AUSS XIII

AUSS XIII (Neg#: Auss_XIII)

AUSS - XIII is a large robust gantry with scanning dimensions of 24 x 8 x 12 feet and scanning speeds up to 40 inches per second.

Based upon proven AUSS-V, X and XI design concepts.

AUSS XII

AUSS XII (Neg#: Auss_XII)Mechanical configuration:

  • 11 Axis of coordinated motion featuring two five axis carriage units riding on a common bridge.
  • Approximate 24'x8'x12' scan area.
  • Full AUSS Ultrasonics featuring TTU and PE TOF and Amplitude plus full waveform capture and real-time processing.

AUSS XI

AUSS XI (Neg#: Auss_XI)

Mechanical configuration:

  • 5 Axis of coordinated motion featuring one five axis "side mounted" gantry.
  • Approximate scan area of 45'x3'x10'
  • PE AUSS Ultrasonics featuring TOF and Amplitude, and high-resolution thickness gauging.

AUSS X

AUSS X (Neg#: AUSS_X)

AUSS - X inspection of Wheel Pod Fairing Two Five axis fully independent "side mounted gantry" style robots (positional accuracy +/- 0.015"). Full waveform gathering with real-time algorithm processing (2 - 80 Mhz digitizers). Wide band (105+ dB ultrasonic subsystem). Through Transmission, Pulse Echo (Time Of Filght and Amplitude from each side). X axis speed of 40 ips and numerous additional features.

Mechanical configuration:

  • 10 Axis of coordinated motion featuring two Five axis "side mounted" gantries.
  • Approximated scan area 25' x 8' x 12'.
  • Full AUSS Ultrasonic featuring TTU, PE (TOF and Amplitude)with full wave form capturing and real-time processing.

 

AUSS X A (Neg#: Auss_X_a)
Two 5 - Axis independent Scanners scan area is 20 x 6 x 10 feet

 

AUSS IX

AUSS IX A (Neg#: Auss_IX_a)

AUSS IX is a longer, taller version of the AUSS V specially designed for inspection of large composite payload fairings. Scanning dimensions are 35 X 10 X 7.5 feet. Automated tooling is used on each end of the fairing to reach 95% of the fairing surface.

Mechanical configuration:

  • 19 Axis of coordinated motion with optional Automated Turntable and Part Positioner providing up to 12 Axis of motion.
  • Approximated scan area 20' x 8' x 10'.
  • Full AUSS Ultrasonic featuring TTU, PE (TOF and Amplitude).

AUSS VIII

AUSS VIII is used for inspection of large composite and bonded aerospace structures. This system features Boeing's latest computer architecture with multiple PC based hardware and software.

This system utilizes full waveform capture and analysis for determining manufacturing integrity and incorporating various process improvement initiatives. Scanning dimensions are 35 x 9 x 13 feet.

Inspection of complex wide chord fan blade, utilizes full waveform capture and real-time processed C-scan parameters for part evaluation. Scanning dimensions are 6 x 3 x 6 feet.

Note: A larger "Dual Tower" configured system is being fabricated for another customer.

AUSS VIII C (Neg#: AUSS_VIII_c)

Mechanical configuration:

  • 10 Axis of coordinated motion featuring two five axis tower scanning units.
  • Approximate scan area 6 x 3 x 6 feet.
  • Full AUSS Ultrasonics featuring TTU, PE (TOF and Amplitude) featuring full wave from capture and real-time processing.

AUSS VII

AUSS VII (Neg#: AUSS_VII)

AUSS-VII is used for inspection of shuttle motor bondlines. Recently upgraded to Boeing' PC based hardware and software. This system utilizes full waveform capture and analysis for bond line inspection, automatic laser correction of scan plans for case out of roundness compensation, and a unique vacuum recovery system for the ultrasonic couplant. Scanning dimensions are 41.5 x 14 x 7.5 feet.

Inspection of complex wide chord fan blade, utilizes full waveform capture and real-time processed C-scan parameters for part evaluation. Scanning dimensions are 6 x 3 x 6 feet.

AUSS VI

AUSS VI A (Neg#: Auss_VI_a)AUSS - VI is Over/Under Bridge Scanner

Mechanical configuration:

  • 10 Axis Over/Under Bridge.
  • 35 x 15 x 13 ' XYZ
  • Full +/-90 Pitch/ Yaw
  • 30 inches/second

AUSS V

AUSS turntable (Neg#: turntable_1)

Mechanical configuration:

  • 9 Axis of coordinated motion with optional Automated Turntable and Parts Positioner Providing up to 12 Axis of motions.
  • Approximated scan area 20' x 8' x 8'.
  • +/-90 Pitch, +/-30 Yaw
  • 30 inches/second bridge speed
  • 40 inches/second turntable inspection

Horizontal AUSS

AUSS horizontal  (Neg#: horizontal.jpg)

Low cost Flat Panel Scanner with multiple nozzles for fast throughput. Scan area 16 x 10 x 1 feet

Upgrades & Retrofits

The Automated Systems Group designs and integrated upgrades or retrofits to existing inspection systems. Modifications can include custom motion control, data acquisitions and analysis for ultrasonic or radiographic systems.

Application Descriptions:

  • Upgrade existing signal conditioning capabilities to provide advanced data acquisition and analysis tools.
  • Upgrade motion control functions to enhance system operation.
  • Integrate robotic positioning with automated data acquisition.
  • Ultrasonic TTU/PE or analog/digital radiographic inspection methods.