Title: GENERATING GOOD DATA FOR AI-BASED AUTOMATIC INSPECTION AND REMEDIATION OF LARGE-SCALE COMPOSITE COMPONENTS
Authors: Scott Blake
Abstract: Artificial intelligence (AI) – specifically, deep learning (DL) – is moving rapidly into industrial applications, leveraging recently realized processing power to transform manufacturing processes. Such transformations are possible only when good data is readily available. Indeed, the availability of good data is central to achieving the benefits of Industry 4.0 through AI/DL and other enabling technologies. Collecting good data during the fabrication of large, complex composite structures has been difficult because the industry remains dependent on outdated manual inspection processes. Additionally, the size, complexity and variations comprising aerospace composite parts render inapplicable the current means of data acquisition employed in other manufacturing efforts. This paper describes an imaging system that captures small regions of large, complex fields, accompanied by photogrammetric transforms calibrating the pixels into the coordinate system of the nominal model. The calibrated images are easily tagged and used to train DL classifiers that support real-time automatic inspection. The paper explains both the DL training process and subsequent pinpointing of areas of concern identified in the calibrated images via laser projection on the actual work-in-progress (WIP). This novel approach to AI-based automatic inspection supports rapid verification and/or remediation of critical WIP attributes, yielding the lowest cycle time and cost.
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Conference: SAMPE 2023
Publication Date: 2023/04/17
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