Drones and robots are the major new trends in commercial aircraft maintenance inspection. SR Technics has chosen the second solution and has just joined forces with New Zealand's Invert Robotics to implement an innovative robotics solution to enhance its aircraft maintenance inspections.
Equipped with a high resolution inspection camera, the robot records and sends video images to a screen on the ground. The images are then analysed by the Swiss MRO company's engineers.
According to SR Technics, using automated inspections can help reduce the inspection time from hours to minutes. What's more, the robot's capabilities may be improved by adding functions such such as ultra-sound and thermographic testing which enable the robots to carry out several tedious maintenance inspection processes more effectively. This means that engineers can concentrate on more complex tasks, which helps to reduce general maintenance costs.
"At SR Technics we are constantly seeking new and innovative solutions to make our maintenance process even more efficient. Whilst helping us to improve the safety environment for our employees by providing alternatives to the work at height, this new technology enables us to demonstrate advancement in speed and quality which will benefit our customers with greater accuracy and a more complete inspection result", declared Jakob Straub, Head of Aircraft Services and Line Maintenance at SR Technics.
The large, Kloten-based maintenance company also specifies that this new solution will enable visual inspections to be carried out both in the hangar and on the tarmac.
SR Technics is Invert Robotics's first customer in Europe for the aviation sector. According to the company from New Zealand, one of the strengths of this type of robot is that it can evolve from inside concave surfaces to outside convex surfaces.