Non-destructive testing robot for the Aerospatial Industry

Non-destructive testing robot for the Aerospatial Industry

Robotic solution for non-destructive testing of large composite parts

As part of a research and development project funded by the Walloon Region, Cilyx has developed and built a non-destructive control cell for the detection of defects during the manufacture of composite parts. Designed for the constraints of the aviation industry, this cell integrates several inspection technologies and allows the complete automation of the scan of large parts with complex geometry. Two inspection methods are used: shearography and thermography. The programming of inspection trajectories is carried out offline based on the CAD modeling of the components to be inspected.


Here are the advantages of using this robot:

  • Multi-method inspection: the cell integrates several different NDT control technologies
  • Fully automatic execution of scan sequences
  • Saves time and repeatability compared to manual inspection
  • Programming based on CAD models of parts to be inspected
  • Ease of use
  • Ability to inspect large parts and complex geometry
  • Modular system for future integration of other equipment

Technical specifications

Elements Processing range
  • Inspection of parts up to 5m long thanks to linear rail
  • 6-axis robot with 2010mm operating radius and 25kg permissible load
  • Inspection speed up to 3min/m²


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