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Fraunhofer Makes the Invisible Manifest

Regular inspection of vehicles and industrial facilities is required to keep systems functioning and protect workers and the public. Detecting wear and structural damage in everything from aircraft parts to pressure vessels is a long and complex process. Fraunhofer has just introduced its 3D SmartInspect sensor for non-destructive testing and quality control. It streamlines procedures, ensures complete coverage, verifies data and stores information in easily-retrievable form. Such a system also could reduce the need for ultra-qualified inspectors. Designed for use with tablet, smartphone or augmented reality glasses, SmartInspect indicates which areas of the object already have been inspected and verifies data acquisition. Defects appear in red on the display, facilitating rapid analysis and decisions regarding repairs. Digitizing data reduces downtime, and a digital testing memory improves management, providing economic benefits.


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