Software isolates, identifies porosity-related flaws in tooling from fuselage test data

Software and composites manufacturing data specialist NLign Analytics, a division of Etegent Technologies (Cincinnati, Ohio) helps identify and track product flaws caused by tooling porosity.

One of the challenges of manufacturing composite parts and structures from multiple tool sets is identifying and tracking product flaws caused by tooling porosity. This was the problem faced recently by an aerospace manufacturer that had good ultrasonic testing (UT) scan data and knowledgeable inspectors but no reliable way to use the data to drill back through the production process and find the source of porosity-caused flaws. The result was a costly scrap rate and inconsistent part quality in a fuselage component.

This scenario is one of many reasons why data management is emerging as a critical task. Composites production environments, across the board, are increasingly complex and demanding. To manage that complexity, software and composites manufacturing data specialist NLign Analytics, a division of Etegent Technologies (Cincinnati, Ohio) and author of NLign software, has inserted itself into this space and works with composites manufacturers to sort and organize valuable data.

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