Blisk Inspection System

Faculty Advisor

Putnam, Craig B.

Faculty Advisor

Stafford, Kenneth A.


The Automated Blisk Inspection System uses an ABB robotic arm with custom end of arm tooling, a custom turntable, and a computer vision algorithm to preform a QA check on bladed disk (blisk) root fillets. This process is currently preformed by hand at the Hooksett New Hampshire GE Aviation plant. The current inspection process requires extensive labor costs and consumables. This system is being developed to reduce overall cost of production while increasing factory output. Bi-directional compliance combined with precision pathing ensure proper inspection of root fillets and a tool changer enables seamless switching between blisk stages.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2018


Robotics Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Computer Science

Advisor Department

Robotics Engineering

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