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Fully automated, reliable 100% quality inspection in manufacturing processes – VITRONIC at EuroBLECH 2014

(PresseBox) (Wiesbaden, ) Wiesbaden, September 22, 2014 – At this year's "EuroBLECH" exhibition in Hanover, Germany VITRONIC will be exhibiting two major solutions for fully automated quality inspection in manufacturing processes, namely the VIROwsi optical weld seam inspection system and the VINSPEC optical surface inspection system.
In industrial manufacturing today, automotive manufacturers and their suppliers must adhere to very rigorous quality requirements as part of their zero-error strategies. These requirements can only be fulfilled with the assistance of automated measurement and inspection technology. Weld seam inspection and surface inspection are key components of this technology. Automated machine vision systems offer 100% reliable and accurate inspection, and also represent the key to process cost optimisation.

Fourth generation of weld seam inspection system VIROwsi
At the world's largest trade show for the sheet metal working industry in Hanover, Germany, VITRONIC will present the fourth and latest generation of its industry proven VIROwsi optical inspection system for efficient, fully automated inspection of weld seams in industrial manufacturing processes. The new VIROwsi operating concept can be used to quickly and intuitively configure weld seams, inspection methods and inspection limits, and to track these clearly. The HDR-3D sensor reliably inspects both weld seams on highly reflective materials such as aluminium and flat seams such as laser seams in battery production. The systems are widely applied in the manufacturing of axles, bodywork, exhaust systems and wheels in the automotive industry.
VIROwsi automatically detects and visualises deviations from predefined quality standards. Accurate 3D visualisations of seam sizes, defects (such as pores and holes) and many other relevant inspection results enable targeted reworking of parts. All information about weld seam quality is documented and archived, together with details of the specific seam and part, in an integrated database.
Pareto analyses quickly show any potential for production optimisation. The parameters for quality inspection can be adjusted during the production process, and are automatically applied to the next system cycle. This minimises costly reworking and scrapping of parts. The 100% inspection ensures that parts are only admitted to downstream manufacturing processes if they are free of defects.
VIROwsi is a powerful system solution that can be adapted to suit the most diverse range of manufacturing applications. During the software setup process, all relevant parameters, such as the inspection procedure, thresholds and criteria, are configured in line with the specific production requirements. The enhanced camera-based and automated VIROwsi weld seam inspection system is considerably more compact than its predecessor. Space is saved with the new, smaller processing unit, which can be more easily installed alongside the production cell. In addition, energy consumption has been reduced by 75%.

Reliable optical surface inspection with VINSPEC
The flexible optical VINSPEC machine vision system from VITRONIC reliably and accurately inspects the surfaces and contours of visible, sealing and functional surfaces on level and curved parts. Even large, level surfaces are quickly inspected with high resolution. The line scan camera used for large areas has special lighting and can detect even the smallest deviations and inhomogeneities no more than a few micrometres in size. Applications include, for example, the inspection of cylinder head gaskets or transmission control plates in the automotive manufacturing and component supply industries.
VINSPEC, which can be customised to suit individual inspection requirements and production environments, offers a solution with perfectly coordinated hardware components for machine vision coupled with very powerful and sophisticated software.
The tiniest material defects and processing errors can be detected reliably inline in the production cycle, enabling any defective parts to be immediately separated. Automatic documentation and archiving of product quality and statistical evaluation of inspection data provide a basis for process optimisation.
Thanks to many years of experience, VITRONIC is also offering complete inspection cells and systems for surface inspection from a single source.
VITRONIC will exhibit the VIROwsi system and the VINSPEC surface inspection solution at the 23rd International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition "EuroBLECH" at Booth F12 in Hall 13.

VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH

Since its foundation in 1984, VITRONIC has continued to offer machine vision systems in 4 main areas: Industrial Automation, Logistics, Traffic Technology and Body Scanning. Now represented on four continents, the company offers standardised and turnkey solutions for a diverse range of machine vision applications.

A series of high-end technical products are designed, developed and manufactured in-house by a highly qualified and motivated team of over 300 employees. With its state of the art products, VITRONIC is a leader in this rapidly developing market.

More than half of all VITRONIC products were developed in the last 3 years. This is only possible through constant innovation and the creation of new solutions, and supported through investment of over 10 percent of its annual turnover in research and development.