05 February 2010
05 February 2010
Imperium has released the new Acoustocam i600, a lighter more rugged version of its predecessor, which is currently used by Boeing, US Navy, Airbus, NASA, Hexcel and others for NDI; especially on composite materials, report manufacturers.
Not only is the new device said to be smaller, easier to manage and more durable, it contains the same imaging capabilities of the i500, despite using a tenth of the parts.
“This is a breakthrough for our company and a benefit to the industry which lacked an easy to manage, portable imaging tool for damage inspection in the field,” said Bob Lasser, President of Imperium. “This powerful, more rugged and lightweight tool for internal defect detection can be held effortlessly overhead, making comprehensive NDI examinations easier and more comfortable for the technician.”
Boeing IDS Philadelphia is the first customer to receive the i600. “Boeing recently selected Imperium’s Acoustocam i600 with Remote NDI for its plans to develop an innovative damage assessment process to improve operational readiness in the field for the V-22 Osprey,” said Matt Atkinson, Support Equipment Design Engineer, Boeing IDS. “With realtime collaboration over a wireless communication network, sharing real-time images and analysis, this technology should provide a tremendous benefit to our fleet support team,” adds Atkinson.
Imperium say that Boeing Commercial Airplane Group also plans to upgrade to the i600 to support its plans for damage assessment on the forthcoming 787 Dreamliner.
Mike Hamel, President of Test Equipment Distributors, an authorized Imperium reseller in the U.S. said, “As Imperium’s newest channel partner TED is delighted to market the innovative i600 Acoustocam. This NDI tool offers tremendous value to our customers in aerospace, the armed services and their supply chains.”
Commercial availability of the i600 is scheduled for the end of February.
Thai Flight Training (TFT), a subsidiary of Thai Airways, recently ordered an Airbus A320 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions.
NTPT is collaborating with the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne - Swiss Centre of Technology (EPFL) and other partners to research discontinuous fibre composite tubes for high performance applications.
Gulf Aviation Academy (GAA) recently ordered a Boeing 787 door trainer from Spatial Composite Solutions, complete with Spatial’s virtual slide trainer.