The Department of »Production Control« under the direction of Dr. Daniel Carl develops optical systems and imaging methods that can be used to precisely inspect surfaces and measure complex 3D structures during production and thus to control processes. The systems measure fast and accurately so that small defects or impurities can be detected and classified in real time, even athigh production speeds. Combined with (marker-free) individual component tracking, optical sensors and measuring systems are often the key to 100 percent real-time control. This assigns them a role as enabling technology for the implementation of modern production strategies against the backdrop of the fourth industrial revolution.
A wide range of methods is used, including digital holography, infrared reflection spectroscopy and fluorescence methods, with fast, low-level image and data processing. The systems, optimized to meet customer specifications, are used in applications such as forming technology in the automotive industry and for quality assurance in medical products through to electronics production.