Boeing has patented a measurement probe edge guide tool with an innovative edge follower system that ensures consistent distance from contoured edges of workpieces. The tool features a removable edge follower for general inspection and a spring-loaded mechanism for precise measurements. GlobalData’s report on Boeing gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Boeing, Light-weight composite fuselage was a key innovation area identified from patents. Boeing's grant share as of January 2024 was 74%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Measurement probe edge guide tool for workpiece inspection

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: The Boeing Co

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11885770B2) discloses a tool designed with a cage structure comprising upper and lower parts connected by interconnecting beams. The tool features a measurement probe for assessing workpiece properties, a probe retainer for vertical orientation, and an edge follower with rotatable pins. The tool also includes a socket ring with balls, an ultrasonic transducer with a delay line, and a universal joint with a handle for ease of use.

Furthermore, the patented tool incorporates a plunger/retainer subassembly to maintain the measurement probe centrally within the cage. The tool's design includes a rolling-element bearing, edge contact pins, and a hand grip for ergonomic handling. With features like an ultrasonic transducer for transmitting ultrasound and a universal joint for flexibility, the tool aims to provide accurate and efficient measurements for various applications. The innovative design elements, such as the cage structure and edge follower, enhance the tool's functionality and usability in different work environments.

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