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Arun Chhabra

Hail Damage Assessment on Aircrafts with panoLite™

By Insights

How do you handle hail damage inspection in your maintenance operations?

Hail damage is inevitable for a  busy fleet of aircraft.  It results in significant damage to the aircraft. Whether it’s safety critical or only cosmetic, the damage creates extensive maintenance work that requires precise assessment.

Are you still mapping hundreds of dents manually?

For most maintenance organizations, coping with hail damage situations is still a pain. Assessing all relevant data by hand is cumbersome and prone to error.

8tree’s new panoLite feature for dentCHECK® tackles this major challenge and might be the right tool for you.

panoLite enables large-area mapping. It allows the operator to cover a large hail damage scenario in just one dent-mapping job. Multiple individual dentCHECK scans are automatically stitched into an accurate panorama view, within seconds!

panoLite captures and analyzes up to a two-meter-wide area, at a time.  An SRM-compliant multi-dent report is seamlessly and instantly generated.

panoLite captures and analyzes damages on areas up to two meters wide, at a time. An SRM-compliant multi-dent report is seamlessly and instantly created.

How does it work?

The dentCHECK operator applies a reusable encoded panoLite tape onto the aircraft skin. While performing the scans, the operator needs to ensure, that each scan covers at least one coded marker on the panoLite tape.

The markers on the panoLite tape allow automatic and instant stitching of the scans without any user intervention.

Using the dentCHECK Damage Reporting Tool (DRT), operators can measure inter-dent distances across the whole panoramic area with a single a click.

Finally, the operator can export an end-to-end digital multi-dent report (.xls, .pdf) which shows a panorama view of the large area with all measurement results summarized in graphical and tabular views.

Read also this article from the 2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition: Aircraft hail-damage: What tools will aircraft maintenance crews use for the job?

Aviation sector accelerates dentCHECK adoption – 150 units deployed across 3 dozen airlines, MROs and OEMs

By dentCHECK, Press

8tree’s dentCHECK tool continues to cement its position as the aviation industry’s de facto choice for damage-mapping. Nearly 150 dentCHECK tools are already in use at more than 3-dozen Airlines, MROs and OEMs worldwide, including deployments at LHT, Airbus, easyJet and Portugalia. In addition, compelling case-studies from leading airlines and MROs demonstrate that dentCHECK drastically reduces inspection and reporting times by up to 90%. Learn more.

Lufthansa Technik locks in on 8tree’s dentCHECK to expedite damage-mapping & reporting

By dentCHECK, Press

Lufthansa Technik, the world’s largest MRO, has selected 8tree’s dentCHECK tool to enhance the efficiency and quality of damage-mapping across all of its base maintenance facilities and in other product divisions. dentCHECK is the world’s only handheld-portable, completely wireless 3D surface inspection tool with integrated augmented reality, that delivers real-time ‘go/no-go’ SRM-compliant answers at the push of a single button. Defined by and purpose-built for the aviation industry, dentCHECK is now used by the world’s leading airlines, MROs and OEMs. Read more about it here.

Allegiant Air achieves 87% time-savings in dentCHECK tests

By dentCHECK, Insights

At this week’s 62nd annual A4A NDT Forum in Long Beach, California, Allegiant Air presented a comprehensive case study detailing the impact of 8tree’s dentCHECK tool for inspecting and reporting damage during the aircraft induction process. The study, which spanned four aircraft and almost a hundred damage locations, demonstrated 87% time-savings when using dentCHECK, compared to traditional manual methods. Read more about it here.

Tick-tock, tick-tock. Accelerate Aircraft Inspection, Avoid Delays and Save Money

By Case Study, dentCHECK, Insights

At the recent 2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC), dentCHECK helped participating technicians complete an inspection task 8x faster, delivering higher efficiency when compared to using traditional manual methods. In addition, leading maintenance organizations reported that dentCHECK helps engineers create SRM-compliant digital reports up to 10x faster.

In a real-life aircraft maintenance scenario, the goal is to minimize aircraft downtime, while delivering high quality repair work. A complete inspection process for the dent-mapping event included the following: Identify the dent to be measured, then obtain high quality measurements, and finally with confidence, determine ‘Go/No-Go’.

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Make better decisions with measurements you can trust

By Case Study, dentCHECK, Insights

Passersby couldn’t ignore the significance of data emerging from the recent 2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) #AMCAero.  It is tough to ignore that traditional manual measurements have 18x poorer measurement certainty than 8tree’s OEM-approved dentCHECK tool. In contrast, by delivering significantly higher consistency, dentCHECK empowers engineers to recommend conclusive corrective action for damage. Read on for the revealing analysis…

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How Did 100 Different Manual Measurements Stack Up?

By Case Study, dentCHECK, fastCHECK, Insights

What do you uncover by analyzing hundreds of manual measurements of the same surface? The Truth. 8tree conducted the world’s most comprehensive study of dent-mapping in the aviation sector, at the recently concluded 2019 #AMCAero. The data reveals a simple truth – traditional manual measurements are highly subjective, error-prone and up to 37x less consistent than 8tree’s OEM-approved dentCHECK tool. The ability to accurately, consistently and quickly measure aircraft damage has a very direct impact on aviation efficiency and safety.

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2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition

By Events

What does an aviation technician do when an aircraft is pummeled by hail? At the recently concluded 2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition, 8tree conducted the world’s most comprehensive study of aviation dent-mapping measurements to contrast traditional manual measurement practices with the latest maintenance technology being deployed by airlines worldwide. Dig into the results to understand how aviation technicians are becoming more accurate, more consistent and more efficient at getting aircraft back in service.

Aircraft hail-damage: What tools will aircraft maintenance crews use for the job?

By Case Study, Insights

What does an aviation technician do when their aircraft is pummeled by hail?

To contrast traditional methods vs. emerging technology, more than 150 engineers, technicians, and students participated in a dent-mapping competition at the recent 2019 Aerospace Maintenance Competition. 80 teams were greeted by eight simulated dents on two airframe panels. Working under real-world time pressure and conditions, the teams had to accurately determine the ‘go/no-go’ status of the damage. Participants were tasked with mapping the dents using traditional methods, and then with 8tree’s purpose-built dentCHECK tool.

At every stage of the competition, dentCHECK surpassed participants’ expectations, while laying bare the inconsistencies associated with manual measurements. By the conclusion of the event, dentCHECK had become the dent-mapping tool-of-choice for participating teams.

But why? In the coming weeks, we will dive into the results of the world’s most comprehensive study of aviation dent-mapping.

Follow 8tree to see how dentCHECK helps operators efficiently map dents and make reliable decisions, instantly!