Airbus selects Alestis as an impeller for the development of NDI projects
During the past 28 and 29 of July, at the Tecnobahía and San Pablo plants, the SqueezeOutSuperfluous Non DestructiveInspections (SOS NDI) workshop was held; this workshop is part of an Airbus project for the analysis and evaluation of the components-in- carbon-fiber inspection process and its purpose is to identify superfluous inspections, reduce them or eliminate them in pieces of carbon fiber.
This SOS NDI project is part of the Manufacturing to Cost projects that Alestis is carrying out, aimed at improving the Company’s productivity and attaining Cost Convergence in the A350XWB program.
During these journeys we have had the opportunity to deepen the process of inspection of carbon fiber parts, evaluating the operations of inspection and their optimization, according to our previous experience and the contributions of Airbus.
Alestis has been selected by Airbus among the first three Tier 1 at international level for the development of this project; the reason for having chosen our Company as a propelling engine has been our proven experience in this type of initiatives and activities during the past years which has been embodied in the various existing procedures.
Alestis employs Statistical Process Control (SPC) in the non-destructive testing of carbon pieces and in dimensional control after mechanizing operations. We have successfully developed a Process Control Specimens Removal at the San Pablo plant, which will soon see the light also in our Tecnobahía plant; In addition, these activities are being extended to some of our providers.
As José Luis Carretero, responsible for Quality in Operations, comments: “For me, it is a recognition that Airbus values the work being carried out in our plants, for the optimization of the inspection work, always maintaining reliability, notwithstanding the standards of quality and safety with which we finally deliver a product to our Client. We have qualified personnel in this type of analysis, tools and methods to demonstrate it.”
Last year, in Vitoria, specifically in the sheet-metal-parts manufacturing area, similar studies were carried out and measures were implemented concerning the optimization of non-destructive tests as regards the tests of hardness, conductivity and inspection of penetrating liquids.