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Kestrel 2-axis non-contact measurement and inspection system for aerospace components from Testequip

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Testequip  have been appointed as the distributor for the Vision Engineering’s product range and will be offering the Kestrel low cost, easy to use 2-axis non-contact measurement and inspection system with high measurement accuracy and repeatability. The non-contact method provides aerospace engineers with a quick and easy solution to accurately gauge precision machined components like aerospace components without deforming them.

The Kestrel 2-axis non-contact measurement and inspection system has been designed to be used by operators to inspect and measure the components next to the production line and, with its dynascope viewing head, allows operators to inspect and measure components in comfort, promoting accuracy and productivity, which is vital for manufacturing the aerospace components to perfection. The operator views the component through a large, clear viewing head which presents a high resolution, bright image of the inspected subject. By moving the accurate measuring stage it is possible to carry out precise measurements on components without deformation.

The system accuracy of the Kestrel 2-axis non-contact measurement and inspection system is 0.007µm and provides stage accuracy at 0.001µm per 10mm and repeatability at 0.006µm, depending on the operator. With these statistical features, the Kestrel 2-axis non-contact measurement and inspection system can be used to provide consistently accurate measurements of X and Y axis. Reflected illumination for the surface is provided by LED illumination that benefits the operator with cheaper running costs as well as bright, white illumination. The illumination is transmitted by a 30 Watt spotlamp through the substage illuminator.

Kestrel 2-axis non-contact measurement and inspection system is a modular system and accessories can be added to optimise its usage such as a digital camera with image capture archiving software, so that each aerospace component can be captured and catalogued for complete traceability.

Additionally, Kestrelfit, a software package utilises reverse engineering that allow for a component profile to be generated as a CAD file from measured data points. This file can then be exported into a wide range of standard CAD packages that enable to reduce the development timescales by converting real object co-ordinates into a CAD data file. A graphical, configurable display allows reports to be generated that can show tables of captured data and tolerances along with images of the CAD file and measured features. This reporting function allows result data files to be stored and printed with information such as inspector ID, date, batch number and component number.

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