Automated machines are the natural extension of the Solex inspection systems. Combining a set of imaging systems, with robot handling devices and image processing software allows for the provision of a rapid inspection system that fulfils the needs of mass production. X-Ray imaging is particularly relevant for inspecting parts that have already been assembled. Our solutions are designed on a case-by-case basis working from the specifications set by our clients.
Automated X-ray industrial inspection solutions
This is about detecting non-compliance in roller shutter electric motors following assembly on a manufacturing line. As well as checking particular dimensions, the quality of the motor electrical feeder chain is inspected :
- Checking connection systems
- Checking the shapes of particular components in the electrical chain
- Checking for the presence of particular mechanical parts and electrical components
- Checking for the presence of particular screws and circlips
Our skills in automation, in X-ray imaging (including radio protection standards), in image analysis, along with the organization of our R&D service being structured to manage specific projects have been applied all along this project.
A 6-axis robot takes the motor to be checked and presents it to the X-ray source at particular angles to examine the various areas of interest. Developed image processing algorithms allow the checking of particular dimensions for example via the determination of plane-to-plane or plane-to-point distances, or to compare these areas of interest with a defect database (reference view compilation).
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Vision-automated industrial inspection solutions
A specialist in fabricating technical parts in plastic, sub-contractor to the automobile industry, wanted to optimize the inspection of their Starter Alternator Reversible Systems (StARS) and make it more reliable.
In addition to a dielectric test, it was necessary to check for the presence of particular components and overmoulding quality – in terms of appearance and possible distortion – at several points of a complex piece (see Figure 1). A further difficulty concerned the need to use the same inspection station for pieces of different designs, destined for several different car builders.
Our skills in automation, in imaging, in image analysis, along with the organization of our R&D service being designed to manage specific projects had allows us for achieving this development.
A combination of fixed monochrome CMOS cameras using coaxial lighting systems and specifically programmed image analysis software has enabled us to respond to this client need.
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