A strong team — robots for flexible machine vision

By combining robot technology and machine vision, VITRONIC enables fast, accurate inspection of the surfaces and contours of complex components.

Wiesbaden, (PresseBox) - VITRONIC offers an innovative, flexible robot inspection cell. The combination of robot technology and powerful machine vision enables fully automatic inspections of the surfaces and contours of complex components, even in small production batches. VITRONIC has developed this innovative robot inspection cell, and supplies it as a general contractor to renowned automotive manufacturers worldwide. The inspection cell is integrated into existing production lines. This sophisticated solution from a single source gave VITRONIC the edge over international competitors to win a contract from a premium automotive manufacturer. And, in the first quarter of this year, the inspection cell will be installed for the first time in one of its plants in China.
From a safety perspective alone, compliance with the highest quality standards is an absolute must in the automotive manufacturing and component supply industries. Reliable 100% inspections are only possible with automated meas-uring and inspection technology. And, of course, the perfect quality inspection must also be designed with cost efficiency in mind.
Robot cells designed with VITRONIC VINSPEC detect microdefects in the visi-ble, sealing and functional surfaces of complex metallic components. They can also inspect areas for which a visual inspection by the operator is difficult or subsequently impossible. For example, the surfaces of a drilled hole require inspection using an internal inspection sensor. 2D and 2½D sensor technology and, if needed, a customized handling robot are used to enable flexible visual inspection of a wide range of surfaces. The inspection results are documented and archived.

For complex components, such as cylinder heads and crankcases, the solu-tions on offer have, until now, been very complicated — consisting of several machine vision systems and a large number of sensors, and associated with significant investment costs. In these solutions, each and every change made to the components to be inspected requires a time-consuming, cost-intensive mechanical modification. The individualization of products in the automotive industry cannot be achieved with such inflexible systems.

Superior flexibility thanks to fast, easy changeovers
With VITRONIC robot cells, you can incorporate new or modified component types into the inspection process during production runs, simply by adjusting the inspection system software and reprogramming the robot program. This enables a fully automatic inspection of even the smallest production series. Fast response times during component changeovers and the possibility of inspecting small batch sizes mean that products can be highly individualized under the same conditions as an extremely flexible large-scale production sce-nario. The surface inspection offered by the flexible VITRONIC robot inspection cell brings us a step closer to the dynamic design of manufacturing processes as envisaged in Industry 4.0, even in relation to complex issues such as quality inspection.
The current status of the component is documented and archived by the in-spection system software. At the time of the inspection also the serial number of each component is acquired. The combination of inspection result and serial number leads to more transparency of the production process.
The newly developed inspection system features impressive efficiency at lower investment costs, while eliminating the need for mechanical modifications. It significantly reduces the time for changeovers, and enables greater flexibility.
VITRONIC will present the VINSPEC robot inspection cell with integrated, opti-mal inspection system at the "Hannover Messe" trade show from April 13 to 17, 2015 at booth 42 in hall 17.

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VITRONIC is an owner-managed group of companies comprising VITRONIC GmbH with its headquarters in Wiesbaden and several international subsidiaries. The group is a world leader in industrial machine vision covering a wide spectrum from standard products with customer-specific upgradeable modules to individually customized solutions in its core sectors of industry, logistics and traffic technology.
Since VITRONIC was founded in 1984 it has grown on the strength of its own resources. Today we are represented by 600 employees on four continents. In 2013, the VITRONIC group generated total revenue of 83 million euros.
VITRONIC products are state-of-the-art and guaranteed to offer our cus-tomers maximum benefits. The group invests over 10 percent of total revenue each year in research and development. All VITRONIC solu-tions are designed and developed by ourselves and produced in Germany.
Industry and logistics
VITRONIC machine vision systems are used in a wide range of industrial applications to carry out precise or complex inspection tasks. Our automated solutions ensure the highest quality standards of welded and brazed seams and are used, for example, in the automotive and aerospace industries. We also offer flexible surface quality inspection for metal workpieces and endless material.
We support the pharmaceutical industry with seamless print, surface and geometry inspection systems, quality inspection and track-and-trace inspection solutions – which can also be validated thanks to our GAMP certification. For manufacturers of solar cells and modules, we are one of the largest independent partners for optical inspection systems, with over 1,000 installations worldwide.


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