|Rationalization Solution from Carl Zeiss for Visual Inspections||Downloads and Links|
|At the 2010 Automatica, Carl Zeiss will introduce a global innovation: SurfMax®, the new inline tester for the rationalization and objectification of visual inspections||RTF Documents|
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|WANGEN/Germany, 07.06.2010. |
Rationalization pressure, the quest for error-free production and the pursuit of the same quality standards at all locations motivates the automation of visual inspections in production in all industries.
With SurfMax, Carl Zeiss is the first provider to offer a configurable inline tester for the surface evaluation of 3D parts. SurfMax delivers objective, reproducible results that are not subject to fluctuations caused by the subjective analysis of visual inspections. The automatic documentation allows the operator to draw conclusions for the optimization of the production process and verify the results to customers. SurfMax helps increase quality and efficiency in production.
The determination of surface quality through visual inspections is necessary when the demands on the promised quality of decorative or functional surfaces are high. A great deal of effort is required to achieve uniform standards of quality and complete documentation with manual methods.
During visual inspections, SurfMax supports standard, easily manageable parts. The techno- logy used and the configuration possibilities of SurfMax allow a wide range of use for different materials, and processing and coating methods. This in turn provides investment security even under changing conditions.
SurfMax can be used to inspect matte to glossy metal (machined, coated, painted, etc.), plastic (unprocessed, coated, painted, etc.) and ceramic surfaces. SurfMax enables the inspection of various surfaces (decorative and functional) on one test piece and is suitable for flat and curved surfaces.
SurfMax is designed as a configurable product, thus permitting easy adaptation to the inspection criteria and geometry of the parts being inspected.
Based on the phase-measuring deflectometry method, several images are generated for sub- sequent processing. These provide information on the gray scale (reflects differences in bright- ness), the gloss level (recognition of matt and glossy areas) and inclination (recognition of geometric flaws) for the entire surface. Compared to standard gray-scale methods, this system delivers higher and more stabile recognition rates. (Chart)
Good parts are used for reference to run-in the system. Unlike modeling defects, this approach provides the following benefits:
The subsequent analysis using programmable criteria allows a detailed assessment to determine if the discrepancies exceed tolerances.
User-oriented handling and functionality in one
Use in a production environment requires an operating concept that enables machine control in simple steps. The software used, Q4LINE, therefore provides two user interfaces:
A flexible concept for part handling enables integration into production lines and manual loading. Thanks to its high scalability, e.g. the parallel use of different cameras, the system can be adjusted to cycle times down to the second.
Upon request, Carl Zeiss can provide all services for line integration—from project planning, including a handling concept, to the generation of inspection programs and on-site start-up.
Carl Zeiss will be in Hall A2, Booth 309 at Automatica from June 8-11, 2010.
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SurfMax inline tester for the surface evaluation of 3D parts.
Senior Product Manager
Carl Zeiss OIM GmbH
Phone: +49 7161 15653-00
Fax: +49 7161 15653-99
Dr. Marc Wagener
Director Marketing & Business Strategy
Carl Zeiss Industrielle Messtechnik GmbH
Phone: +49 7364 20-2144
Fax: +49 7364 20-4657
Number: 0100-2010-ENG IM