Foreign Object Detection System


FODView application example showing a 4-up measurement head mounted onto an XYZ motorized gantry for automated inspection. (Not included with base system)

Turnkey NDT for Foreign Object Detection Using Advanced Thermography

  • Only requires access to one side of panel
  • No contact with panel necessary
  • Detects FOD up to three plies deep
  • Uses innovative active Thermography technology
  • Measurement area 13″ x 17″
  • Measurement time 4-6 seconds
  • Scalable to cover larger areas
FODView is the Ideal solution for in process verification of pre-preg layup. Locate FOD prior to vacuum compacting or curing. FODView also helps to avoid costly repairs, rework or scrap. Simply peel back layer and remove detected FOD.
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FODView FOD and wrinkles

FODView Measurement Head

FODView Measurement Head

FODView pre preg hands

Result Image FODView

The above is an example result image. Visible are wrinkles and different FOD swatches artificially added underneath ply one and two.

FOD Detection

Detects a variety of FOD, such as release film, Teflon and other tape fragments. Insects, Razor Blades and other metal particles, pieces of gloves as well as air voids and wrinkles.

Scalable FOD Measurement System

FODView is a scalable and modular measurement system. The base system consists of a heat source (1.7kW Halogen Lamp), a smart thermal camera and a tablet PC with measurement software. This setup provides an inspection area of 13″ x 17″ during a single measurement. A typical measurement takes about 4-6 seconds until the result image is being displayed. Larger inspection areas can be achieved by adding additional halogen heat sources to the system and/or adding multiple cameras. The measurement head is small and compact and can easily be mounted on a mechanically articulated arm or robot for automated measurements.

Easy and Reliable Setup

Measurements are very easy to perform. A single button click starts the measurement. A contrast slider on the touchscreen interface allows the operator to enhance the inspection results, if needed. Measurement parameters can be saved and recalled with a touch of a button. Settings are password protected to avoid unauthorized manipulation of the setup.

FODView Application Example Video