IAI has developed the Auto-Scan™ Inlet and Exhaust Damage Registration Sensor, a system that provides a faster and easier way to characterize inlet and exhaust damage in high-performance aircraft. Aircraft maintainers will use Auto-Scan™ to characterize, localize, register, and transfer information about damage and defects, speeding up the inspection process, improving data accuracy, and minimizing operator-induced error. This tool will also minimize the time aircraft spend out of service.
High-performance aircraft require frequent inspections and maintenance due to extreme operating conditions and high temperatures. The current inspection process involves visual analysis and manual “trace and transfer” plotting of damage incidences. The Auto-Scan™ sensor reduces both labor hours and occurrences of human error. One maintainer operates the sensor, as it captures and characterizes the image of the surface defect. Data including the defect shape, perimeter, area, depth, location, and orientation are transferred to the aircraft’s health assessment system for further analysis.
IAI developed Auto-Scan™ through an Air Force Research Lab Critical Small Business Innovation Research contract. Auto-Scan™ is currently being transitioned for field deployment as part of a $2.5 million Rapid Innovation Fund award from the Department of Defense.