Implemented PDM system manages measurement results and supporting documents
Eliminates subjectivity of the personnel during the measurement process
Does not require new investment in measuring equipment
Allows the implementation of different standards for measuring quality

Transparencies Optical Inspection


TOPINS Version V6.0 Release

topins logoOn December 10th, 2017, Cad Professional Systems released TOPINS v6.0.

When checking the distortion, TOPINS software is able to detect even the smallest error. The new version has an additional "Ignore small errors" function that allows you to filter them. More precisely, the "Ignore small errors" function, according to the given rules, eliminates very small distortions that do not affect the quality of visibility through the transparency at all.

The tooltip option is added to simplify and speed up work in the TOPINS software. The tooltip is a common graphical user interface element. It is used in conjunction with a cursor, usually a pointer. The user hovers the pointer over an item in TOPINS software, without clicking it, and a tooltip may appear as a small "hover box" with information about the item being hovered over.

Also, precision and the processing time of numerical calculation have been improved.

“Ignore small errors” function

After completing the "Automated Distortion Measurement" analysis, the user has ability to change the display of results using the "Ignore small errors" function. "Ignore small errors" function is an additional option that enable to filter all small distortions on the transparency




TOPINS - New Software Solution for Aircraft Transparencies Optical Quality Inspection

TOPINS is a complete and unique software package which provides fully automatic, very accurate, reliable, efficient and flexible calculation of a key transparency quality parameter – distortion.

Non-uniform thickness of a transparency, excessive curvature of a transparency, heat-induced stress, structural stress generated during the installation of a transparency into the canopy frame and the installation of a canopy on the aircraft are the most common causes of transparency distortion. Objects viewed through a distorted transparency can be magnified, lengthened, or misshaped, their movement can be misjudged, etc.

Distortion (distortion effect is enhanced)

How is distortion usually measured today in the aircraft transparency industry? Transparency distortion is usually measured directly by the manufacturer, in specially equipped rooms. A typical apparatus for measuring distortion consists of a grid board, a digital camera and a stand for fixing the windshield/canopy that is to be examined. In order to measure the distortion, it is necessary to put the camera in the position equivalent to that of pilot’s eye and make a picture trough the transparency.

By visually examining the captured image(s), the inspector locates the region with clearly apparent distortion. In that region, the angle of tangent slope in a portion of deformed grid lines has to be calculated (the slope for both horizontal and vertical lines should be calculated) and then compared to the adequate standard.

Distortion has been measured in this way virtually since the dawn of the aircraft transparency industry! In practice this method has been shown to be slow, inefficient and highly susceptible to subjective interpretation by all links in the quality assurance chain, from the transparency manufacturer to the pilot as the end user.

Our TOPINS software package has been developed to meet the highest standards of quality assurance in transparency inspection and to fully eliminate any subjective factors from the process. TOPINS is the result of many years of dedicated work by leading MECAPLEX experts on aircraft transparencies optical quality inspection, computer image processing experts, IT engineers and aircraft engineers.

TOPINS - distortion measured on windshield 

Use of TOPINS software allows manufacturers to introduce an effective and uniform distortion inspection mechanism, compliant with any standard that may be specified by the customer. Implementation of this software does not require any modification of the existing system or any additional investment in equipment. A very powerful PDM system, which is included as a feature of TOPINS, provides full support to the quality assurance department (purchase order/contract tracking, storage of technical documents, recording and monitoring of geometric parameters of transparencies, statistical view and quality monitoring over a specified interval, search by all relevant parameters, certificate generation...)

For end users of transparencies (aircraft manufacturers and servicing organizations), TOPINS is a highly reliable and efficient tool for internal transparency distortion inspection through all lifecycle stages of the product – from quality inspection at the time of acceptance from the manufacturer to in-service inspection. Thus, potential users of this solution include transparency manufacturers, manufacturers of civil and military airplanes and helicopters, repair and overhaul facilities...

TOPINS is a stand-alone Windows application enabling high-precision automated and/or manual distortion measurement across the entire visual field of the transparency. Distortion is measured according to one and/or multiple selected standards. A feature of TOPINS software is also the PDM system, which manages all relevant data and technical documentation relating to the examined transparency.



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