Helping with quality inspection on F-35

Posted on 25 Nov 2018 and read 1055 times
Helping with quality inspection on F-35A presentation on seam validation measurement at this year’s Co-ordinate Metrology Society Conference (CMSC) in Nevada (USA), showed how Lockheed Martin is incorporating GapGun — a hand-held laser measurement system from Bristol-based Third Dimension ( — into the quality inspection process of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Lockheed Martin explained how seam validation — the process of measuring the gap and mismatch between body panels — has become a ‘networked process’ that sees seams being measured at a faster rate, repeatedly delivering significant improvements in time saving and reducing the risk of human error.

Quick and easy to use, GapGun takes measurements throughout Lockheed’s production line, allowing problems to be ‘headed off’ before they arise, thereby speeding up and streamlining the production process. Using LINK SDK — Lockheed’s customised seam validation management system (SVMS) — check plans can be sent straight to GapGun via the network rather than manually downloaded. The results are then passed straight back to SVMS.

Dennis De Roos, chief sales and marketing officer at Third Dimension, said: “We are delighted that Lockheed Martin has chosen to use GapGun to improve quality control for the F-35 aircraft. GapGun is used by world-class manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive and energy industries. It is sold in 25 countries and has made Third Dimension a two-time winner of the prestigious Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.”

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