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Vitronic: Camera-based welded seam inspection

September 2013
Author: Schäfer-Baehre
Company: Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau e.V.
Vitronic: Camera-based welded seam inspection

Camera-based welded seam inspection helps make the welding process more efficient

Automatic inspection eliminates the need for time-consuming retouching and increases the quality of the finishing process

The Sustainability Challenge:

Automatic welding is a standard technology in today's industrial manufacturing world. Well-installed facilities achieve good results. Unfortunately, the human eye cannot detect gradual decreases in welding quality with consistent reliability. The resulting need for retouching uses additional energy and sometimes creates scrap, wasting resources.

Situation Overview:

Without automated inspection, it can take a long time to notice when the quality of the welding process starts to decrease, as manual inspection doesn't take place objectively according to fixed quality criteria. When defective welded seams aren't detected, this can lead to costly disruptions in production and even to product recalls.

The Solution:

The VIROwsi optical seam inspection system not only automatically recognizes defects, but also delivers immediate warnings based on customizable limits for different testing criteria. The machine operator can immediately take action to re-optimize the welding process.
What does this mean for the user?
•               Energy is saved, as less retouching means less energy use
•               Resources are protected, as quick interventions in the production process lead 
                 to less scrap

•               Quality increases: Unbeatable when it comes to efficiency: Practical experience has shown that an integrated analysis of the welding process allows the entire welding process to be perfected, resulting in the same end quality with less effort needed for testing and inspection.

Company in Brief:

Name:  VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH
Headquarters: Wiesbaden
Founded in: 1984
Employees: 400
Solutions: High-end machine vision systems for industrial automation, intralogistics and traffic technology
International: Louisville, USA; Mitcham, Australia; Nottingham, UK; Riga, Latvia; Marrakesh, Morocco; Dubai, UAE; Penang, Malaysia; Singapore; plus other partners around the world.
URL: www.vitronic.com


VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH
Lucas Goebel
Hasengartenstr. 14
65189 Wiesbaden
Telephone +49 611 / 7152361
Fax +49 611 / 7152133



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