The development of production in the automotive industry is leaning towards components being outsourced to subcontractors, so they are ready-made for use in the final assembly. These components are subject to a very strict quality control which must be provided by the supplier.
Components for the automotive industry are under enormous pressure to be competitively priced while at the same time being highly innovative. With this in the mind, the challenge is to ensure they meet the required quality standards. This requires good quality management, because errors in the products attract very high costs.
Recall programmes are not only very expensive, but can also damage the reputation of a brand. Repairing reputation, if at all possible, with confidence-building measures, incurs additional cost, so it is essential to get the products right the first time.
Inspecting, assembling and measuring are essential components of a comprehensive quality management system, and this is where Vision Engineering delivers this valuable contribution.
- Quality control
- Inspection Assembly
- Manual measurement
- Eyepieceless microscope
- Validation of automatic inspection systems
- Random sample check
- Startup of production equipment
- Goods receiving control
- Assembly under magnification
- Contact free measurement
- Crimp connection measurement
- Turning tool measurement
- Milling tool measurement
- Inspection of assemblies
- Weld penetration measurement
- Connector housing measurement
- Deburring of components
- Measuring of seals
- Engine Parts – valves, seals, bearings
- Castings – suspension, engines
- Fabrications – steering, suspension
- Prototyping – R&D patterns, motorsport, F1
Inspection of components and assemblies
Visual examination for the early detection of problem areas will spare additional costs throughout the process.
With the eyepiece-less optical inspection systems Mantis and Lynx enable personnel to work in more ergonomic conditions for a concentrated, less fatiguing and more correct operation compared to conventional microscopes.
Automatic inspection systems are increasingly being used due to the very high throughput of components. However, automatic inspection systems need to be verified and validated. This is where eyepiece-less microscopes Mantis and Lynx excel, as they utilise the best recognition system known to man – the human brain.
The eyepiece-less Lynx stereo microscope, expandable with brilliant oblique optics, allows a very detailed inspection of problem areas which has not been seen before. Traceability and the access to the results across multiple sites are given through imaging and documentation extensions. This can aid the identification of the stage at which faults got into the manufacturing process.
Error-free assembly under magnification
For the reliable, error-free assembly under magnification the operators’ hand-to-eye coordination is essential. The better a magnification system can support the operator, the easier it is to achieve the desired quality standard.
The eyepiece-less microscope technology from Vision Engineering combines the ergonomics of camera systems with the sureness in coordination as given only by stereoscopic microscopes.
No matter how good camera systems such as EVO Cam become, their strength remains its documentation ability. This is because they do not offer any spatial information to the operator as eyepiece-less microscopes like Mantis and Lynx does.
Precise measurement of components
For the initial sampling, the random sample check and during the start-up of production equipment the precise single measurement represents an accurate, rapid and inexpensive method. There is virtually no setup and programming time.
Employees in production, quality control, goods-in or even the development department are able to quickly familiarise themselves to measure even complex geometries with Vision Engineering measuring microscopes.
Although it is manual single measurements the measurement uncertainties are gratifying small. This is because the eyepiece-less optics and video edge detection are supporting the operator optimally.
The three classes of measuring devices from Vision Engineering are field tested to meet the different requirements:
- Kestrel Elite, Swift, Swift-Duo and Xpress are powerful 2-axis measuring instruments with many advantages compared to profile projectors
- The Falcon video measuring machine for measuring in 3-axis with a lot of advanced features by standard
- The Hawk family offers a huge variety of configurations for high-precision measurements
All Vision Engineering measurement systems are modular and therefore they can be configured to measurement requirements. These include:
- different stage sizes
- manual or automated
- macro or micro lenses
- choice of software options and
- optical or video measurement capabilities.
The world’s best companies know that superb image quality and a comfortable working position are not luxury features – they are the key to increased productivity and quality. So if you want to magnify, inspect and measure, in complete comfort, make the smart choice.