Aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) is about ensuring that aircraft are safe to fly. MRO operations involve scheduled line and base maintenance activities, including structural inspection tasks.
Whether the aircraft is a traditional metal structure, or the latest generation of jetliner, airlines and operators must prevent and detect structural damage, dents, cracks and corrosion defects.
Hexagon’s 3D scanning and aerospace maintenance solutions help operators inspect aircraft structural surfaces, like the engine air inlet, nacelle panels, fan blades or wing slat leading edges, all of which are exposed to lightning, ice and bird strikes.
Ground maintenance team mechanics use our ergonomic handheld 3D scanners to detect and check damage. Engine repair and overhaul maintenance facilities use our automated coordinate measuring machines (CMMs) to identify defects on larger batches of parts like engine blades and casings.
Accurate 3D measurement data also gives MRO teams the option to reverse engineer replacement parts to make repairs. This is particularly important when the part’s CAD models are not available. Reverse engineering from rich point cloud data is often the quickest way to remanufacture the component. Our CAD CAM solutions can support toolpath creation from the scan data.
Hexagon’s aerospace maintenance solutions also help aircraft MRO teams reduce aircraft downtime by providing digital data collection and management tools that help them shift from preventive to predictive maintenance. Our data analytics and simulation solutions aid MRO by recording and analysing structural inspection results. This will optimise maintenance tasks, enabling airlines to bring aircraft back into service in the shortest possible time.
Simulation and Analysis
Maintain a digital thread through production, optimise machine tools, measure environmental variances and prevent downtime with predictive data analyses.
Automate and digitalise quality measurement with our world-leading metrology hardware and software, creating a bridge between the real and digital worlds.