Composites combine strength and stiffness with lightness. Defects in the material can significantly affect these properties as well as the durability but also, most importantly, the performance final product.
The SMASH inline inspection system ensures the highest composite product quality at every stage of production. The reliable system precisely differentiates between fiber, coating, and weaving defects and production process or quality-relevant defects). It ensures that only flawless products are delivered to your customers.
Defects in the production stages of unidirectional, non-crimped, and woven composites can significantly affect the final product's quality, durability, and performance and lead to rejects. Defects can include resin or voids, fabric deformation or foreign-object-debris (FOD).
Some of them like weaving defects, distortions, and gaps can lead to weak points in the reinforced fabric that can cause tearing and other damage. Also critical can be resin globs or voids that make the fabric more susceptible to breakage. Moreover, topological defects can affect the strength and flexibility of the fabric, including dents or depressions. Finally, an uneven coating can reduce the fabric's resistance to environmental influences and wear.
Process-optimized inspection tools detect defects in every stage of production; including coating, lamination, and slitting, and can differentiate and classify defects by type and severity. The in-line inspection system inspects all materials in real-time - including fibers, woven materials (single and multi-layer), and coatings such as for prepreg – and in all manufacturing methods. Slit tow width can also be precisely measured in real-time during slitting.
Applicable and scalable for all material widths, the quality inspection system SMASH guarantees the highest product quality with accuracy and reliability. Moreover, the ISRA inspection system offers classification, visualization and storage as well as reporting functions and statistics.
The manufacturing process of UD tapes for i.e. some of the most challenging industries as aircraft and aerospace includes several production steps, each of which involves potential quality defects. General defects like i.e. gaps and fuzz balls might have a very big functional impact on the final product stability.
In addition, coating defects such as resin-rich, resin-starved, and bird-eyes also need to be securely detected and eliminated. Moreover, drying and cutting defects can cause improper winding, curling, or delamination, rendering the tape unusable.
The ISRA VISION in-line inspection system, SMASH, detects and classifies all surface defects at every process stage.
The system ensures that end customers receive only flawless material, reducing waste, and increasing marketable production volume. It fully monitors product properties and corrects sources of defects, allowing plant operators to make product changes efficiently and save costs.
SMASH uses state-of-the-art sensor technology consisting of an application-specific camera and lighting systems that can be used on any surface and in any application. The system provides immediate feedback about the production process and material quality, guaranteeing automatic quality classification for every roll produced. Reliable inspection and accurately documented quality ensure safe and reliable results, making it ideal for audits and quality deliberations with suppliers.
Technical textiles are fabrics developed for special applications with specific properties such as heat, chemical, or abrasion resistance. They are used in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, construction, and healthcare. The production of technical textiles involves complex manufacturing processes that can lead to quality defects, which compromise the performance and safety of the final product.
Quality defects in the production of technical fabric include issues such as uneven coating, poor seams, insufficient bonding, and incorrect sizing. These defects can affect the intended function of the textile, such as reduced strength or chemical resistance, which can lead to product failures and potential safety risks.
In the automotive industry, technical textiles are used for airbags, seat belts, and other safety features. If a defect occurs in the manufacture of an airbag, it may not deploy properly in the event of an accident. Similarly, in the medical industry, technical textiles are used for wound dressings, surgical gowns, and implants. A manufacturing defect could affect their ability to protect against infection during surgery.
The inline inspection system SMASH detects quality defects in the production of technical fabrics in real-time. Using state-of-the-art sensor technology, the system analyses the material surface, inspects critical material properties, and provides immediate feedback on the production process and material quality. Various innovative software tools ensure automatic quality classification for each roll produced. In addition, the system offers visualization, storage, and reporting functions as well as statistics for all defect types. This enables plant operators to make efficient product changes, save costs and reduce waste.
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