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TACOMA Project Consortium Comes Together

Mon, 19 April, 2021

The TACOMA Project consortium have officially come together to participate in the creation of non- destructive evaluation/non-destructive testing (NDE/NDT) tools for high-volume, high-speed inspection of CFRP structures in automotive manufacturing.

Each member of the consortium brings specific skills, experience and expertise in their particular fields in order to meet the challenges of the project.

The consortium includes Direct Conversion, a manufacturer of patented X-ray scanning solutions. Having already pioneered their use in the medical sector, Direct Conversion have since seen their technologies used in other industries to deliver high-speed, high-resolution X-ray imaging.

The TACOMA Project will see this detection technology refined and optimised to meet the manufacturing needs of the automotive industry for the production of carbon fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) parts.

Alongside Direct Conversion as project partners are TWI Ltd, who are experts in engineering, materials and joining technologies, including NDE signal processing and automated detection algorithms. TWI’s expertise in a range of testing technologies and techniques will help with the development of sensors, software and algorithms for the quantitative inspection of CFRP structures.

Components for testing the system will be supplied by Pentaxia and supplied to both Michigan State University and the American Chemistry Council for verification of the inspection techniques.