Donecle, a leader in automated drone inspection of aircraft, acquired Dronetix Technology on April 20 to further expand the scope of its robotic inspections for airlines and MROs.
Dronetix is a French company that has been developing an autonomous mapping drone for industrial assets since 2018. The technology enables automatic data capture and 3D reconstruction of small assets such as aircraft engines or landing gear. The solution is easy to deploy, without the need for a preliminary model of the object. Among its main customers, Safran regularly uses a Dronetix drone for aircraft engine inspections at its Villaroche plant.
With the acquisition of Dronetix, Donecle is now in a unique position to provide automated component inspections to aircraft with consistent tools and traceability. The Dronetix solution will be upgraded with state-of-the-art imaging technology and cloud connectivity from Donecle, while the two companies’ image datasets and artificial intelligence technologies will be merged to further increase their performance.
Franck Levy, founder and ex-CEO of Dronétix, believes that “Donecle is the ideal solution to further develop and commercialize our technology. We look forward to seeing the industry adopt more robotic inspection. »
Matthieu Claybrough, CEO of Donecle, adds: “This is an important step in the growth of Donecle. Combining the strengths and know-how of both companies will strengthen our offering and accelerate the development of future capabilities. Our objective remains unchanged: to offer our customers cost-effective solutions while improving traceability and safety.
Dronetix Technology at a glance
Dronetix Technology specializes in autonomous inspection robots that rely on artificial intelligence to map unknown objects without the need for a pilot. Dronetix’s post-processing software, based on object detection and machine learning, provides automated inspection capabilities as well as photogrammetry and point cloud comparison. The solution is perfectly suited for the production and storage of digital records of assets, whether in production or MRO activities.
Now a subsidiary of Donecle, Dronetix Technology will continue to focus on the inspection of aircraft components such as engines and landing gear.
Donecle at a glance
Donecle, a French company founded in 2015, provides an automated inspection of aircraft. Combining a drone 100% automated (no driver, no GPS, no tags) with advanced algorithms for image analysis, the Donecle system can perform inspections of aircraft 10 times faster than current methods.
Applications include lightning strike inspections, general visual inspections, dent detection and measurement, paint quality assessments and marking checks. Approved by Airbus, it helps optimize maintenance activities by providing safe, fast and traceable inspections.