US cargo airline Kalitta Air has begun using a handheld and completely wireless 3D scanner tool with integrated AR to improve its maintenance operations.
The ‘dentCHECK’ tool has been created by 8tree and is purpose-built for the aviation maintenance industry.
Kalitta Air said 8tree’s dentCHECK would enhance the efficiency and quality of its dent mapping activities. The tool delivers real-time ‘go/no-go’ answers at the push of a single-button, 8tree said, and “significantly reduces” damage mapping and reporting times compared to traditional manual methods that use depth-gauges and straight-edges.
“With the implementation of 8tree’s dentCHECK technology, Kalitta Air’s dent mapping programme will be elevated to the next level,” said Kalitta Air’s vice president of maintenance, engineering and procurement Zoltan Kocis. “We look forward to working with 8tree in implementing this state-of-the-art technology.”
8tree’s CEO Arun Chhabra commented: “We are delighted to welcome Kalitta Air to the rapidly growing global community of dentCHECK users. Kalitta Air joins the ranks of more than three dozen MROs, airlines and OEMs that use dentCHECK daily to disposition dent damage on aircraft across the cargo, commercial, business and defence aviation sectors. We look forward to supporting Kalitta Air’s maintenance operations.”
The dentCHECK tool is approved and recognised by aerospace OEMs such as Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer and used for fast and accurate damage mapping and SRM-compliant multi-dent reporting, 8tree noted. The company said that when compared to traditional inspection methods, “dentCHECK delivers a 90 per cent gain in efficiency and 37x better measurement consistency”.