Research project: DigitaleQM
  Development of digital inspection methods and consolidation of data on a digital twin to improve data quality, partial automation and use for digital manufacturing.
Research area: Quality assurance in aircraft production
Funded by: Bundesministerium für Wirtschaft und
  Klimaschutz (LuFo VI-1)
In collaboration with: RUAG Aerospace Structures, Pepperl+Fuchs,
Association leader: RUAG Aerospace Structures GmbH
Start of the project: April 2021
End of the project: März 2024
Contact person at the institute: Julian Koch, M.Sc., M.Sc.

Initial situation

Quality assurance is an extremely complex but equally important process step in aircraft manufacturing. Quality data is collected through explicit inspection processes, but sometimes it is also generated "incidentally" or provided by other domains. However, the quality data obtained in this way is incompletely digitalized, heterogeneous in representation, spatially and temporally distributed, and ultimately not available as a holistic information base, or only available with a great effort.

Goal setting

Accordingly, this project aims to provide an end-to-end view of the information chain, from data acquisition and processing to automatic distribution to PLM, ERP or MES systems. With the help of an intuitive user interface for the creation of demand-oriented information flows, data from different inspection processes can be captured, processed and forwarded to the respective interfaces. Redundant collection of information can be avoided by capturing and distributing data as it is generated. Combined with the development of digital inspection methods, a structured quality data model is created that opens up completely new potential for advanced services. For example, automated part documentation can be derived or application-specific services can be linked to analyze or automate processes. The modular expandability of the system to additional inspection processes and services contributes to a long-term increase in quality and cost efficiency in quality assurance.

The IFPT is mainly concerned with the development of a flexible software solution for the connection of measuring devices and operational database systems, the processing of measurement results and the development of intelligent assistance systems for employees.


Project funding and alliance partners

The project is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) as part of the sixth civil aviation research program (LUFO VI-1). The duration of the project is from 2021 to 2024.

  Contact person at the institute: Julian Koch, M.Sc ., M.Sc.