Inspect 360°: Component testing in free fall
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For quality inspection, the component falls through a test sphere and is simultaneously recorded by 27 cameras. Surface defects and geometrical errors are detected.

Component inspection in free fall#

Inspect 360°, an optical inspection system, analyzes the geometry and surface condition of components in free fall. It is the first system to enable automated optical inspection (AOI) of mass produced parts at reasonable costs.

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Measuring low-cost, mass-produced parts with complex geometries inline and tacing them across the production chain is now possible. As a result, quality increases and reject numbers fall.

Automated visual control#

Comprehensive, repeatable inspection in the production cycle

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True process optimization requires traceability over the entire value chain. This also applies to mass-produced parts

Track & Trace by fingerprint#

Traceability plays a key role in optimizing industrial processes.

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Track & Trace Fingerprint App: mobile and fast identification on site

Track & Trace Fingerprint App#

Mobile and fast identification on location

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WIRE-HR recognizes tiny defects during the cold forming process of wire.

Inspection of wires, tubes, and rods#

Complete surface inspection in real-time.

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The fluorescence scanner – an imaging, inline measuring system – inspects components for impurities during the manufacturing process and identifies the exact point of contamination.

Coating inspections and oil film measurement#

Our laser scanners inspect thin films across their entire width

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The detection system ANALIZEsingle determines the thickness of coatings during production process. Layers of 1 nm to 1 μm in thickness are investigated by this method.

Fast material analysis of surfaces and coatings#

Process control within milliseconds

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A fluorescence imaging measurement system by Fraunhofer IPM detects contamination or defects on surfaces directly in the production line.

Cleanliness testing of components#

Immaculate: clean surfaces thanks to fluorescence measuring technology

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Inline 3D object measurement ensures the quality of precision turned parts.

High-precision inline 3D measurement#

Three-dimensional measurement of large objects down to the nearest micrometer

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Holographic 3D inline measurement in the machine tool
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Digital multi-wavelength holography for high-precision topographical measurements from the micrometer to the millimeter range

Comprehensive 3D measurement in the machine tool#

100-percent control of the configured workpiece

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Comprehensive gearwheel measurement: HoloGear detects the geometry of each tooth flank of a gearwheel during production and provides information about the exact dimensions of the entire gear wheel.

Gearwheel measurement#

A perfect fit despite the tolerance

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State-of-the-art high-power LEDs are subject to high stress, both thermal and mechanical, as the result of substantial electrical load cycling.

Fast and imaging deformation measurement#

Dynamic imaging deformation measurement in the sub micrometer range

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Inline Microscopy#

Microscopy for demanding measurement tasks

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Placing a 6-well MTP plate under the microscope.

System development for life sciences#

Optical measurement systems for use in medical technology

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Applications »Production Control«

Inspection and control in production#

Inline measuring technology provides useful data for controlling quality and for optimizing industrial processes. It plays a vital role in industrial production against the backdrop of Industry 4.0. Fraunhofer IPM develops optical systems and imaging techniques for measuring surfaces and 3D structures. The systems detect very small impurities or defects, even at high production speeds, or identify components by their surface structure.