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APAS inspector mobile

APAS inspector with test module on white background

Flexible image processing from the modular system

With the APAS inspector, we offer a comprehensive construction kit of hardware and software for the realization of individual solutions in visual inspection and quality control. Whether used as complete system or integrated into existing machines and lines – innovative technologies and 3D imaging methods guarantee reliable results, even in rough production environments.

APAS inspector mobile

Variable test modules

With the APAS inspector, you benefit from our many years of experience in the field of optical visual inspection. Here, the findings from the practical implementation of the company's own production sites have been incorporated. The development was placed on the simple interchangeability of the test modules, while new tests can be easily integrated. As a result, the APAS inspector is distinguished above all by the adaptability to different requirements.

Our experts can compile 2D and 3D imaging techniques, intelligent preprocessing, through to learning classifications for your individual test requirements. The APAS inspector is particularly suitable for checking batches or high-quality workpieces individually and for documenting samples.

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APAS inspector mobile at a glance

APAS inspector at a glance
User interface & software
Our testing technologies
Part handling
Platform variance
Learning image processing
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User interface & software

As a complete system, the APAS inspector can be operated via a mobile touchpad, the so-called mPad, intuitively. With all our complete solutions, the mPad is the basis for simple, fast and efficient machine operation. The mobile, cable-bound operator panel always gives you the best view and access to the machine: setup is easier, errors can be quickly located and eliminated. The Augmented Assist, which is optionally available for the mPad, communicates directly with the machine control system in order to consult the machine condition live. This way, your employees can locate and correct errors even with complex machines. Augmented Reality (AR) is the visual interface between humans and data in the industry. 4.0: Virtual objects and information are displayed live and realistic in the field of view, such as the machine status, faulty components or manuals in the service case. Even invisible processes are made visible to the eye. The evaluation is based on HALCON and can be supplemented by our learning image processing.

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Our testing technologies

For the APAS inspector, there are different, manually exchangeable test modules. They are characterized by particularly robust 3D-imaging processes. During development emphasis was placed on the simple exchangeability of the test modules. At the same time, new tests can be easily integrated. Additionally, the findings from the practical implementation of the company's own production sites have been incorporated. Our experts can compile 2D and 3D imaging techniques, intelligent preprocessing, through to learning classifications for your individual test requirements. Benefit from our many years of experience in the field of visual inspection.

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Part handling

The planar table makes the APAS inspector flexible and versatile. One or two workpiece carriers that are independent of one another are loaded manually or automatically - for example by an APAS assistant - with the test specimens and transported via the highly flexible planar table to one or more image recording positions, scanned step by step or rotated under the camera depending on the equipment. Therefore, many different motion sequences of the test specimens under the camera can be realized only by parameterizing the software and without mechanical retooling.

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Platform variance

Whether mobile, firmly integrated into your own systems, retrofitted or in the course of machine and plant construction - our test technologies can be used flexibly and as needed. As a mobile system, the APAS inspector can be used anywhere in the production process. In addition to an integrated, PC-based control system and a standardized operating concept, the platform also includes standardized networking options that allow communication to external machines and systems. The slim design makes it possible to integrate the system into existing production lines or systems, even in difficult spatial conditions. If the inspector is needed at a later stage, it can be easily positioned at the new location thanks to its quick-release castors.

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Learning image processing

The basic idea of supporting humans in their daily work is also applied to surface, completeness, micro-crack and dimensional inspection. Thanks to learning image processing, employees can train the machine to continuously improve its performance. Training images are used to separate test items into “good” and “faulty” parts. The employee uses the APAS inspector to take pictures of several test items, and marks the “good” and "faulty" areas of the sample. With this information a classifier is trained which includes the analyses in future inspections. The number of classes and features by which the learning image processing differentiates the test pieces can be selected freely for each test task and can be subsequently modified. As a result, test parameters can be optimized automatically and test quality can be improved.

Picture showing a person check the APAS inspector mobile for mistakes by using the mPad and Augmented Reality.
User interface & software
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Picture showing an employee changing a testing module on the APAS inspector mobile
Our testing technologies
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Part handling
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Platform variance
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Learning image processing
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Usage and application

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Surface testing

The APAS inspector checks surfaces with robust 3D technology, which can even test parts with production-specific dirt. Different test modules are available for matt and high-gloss surfaces. With both modules, the surface can be reconstructed in 3D in order to make even small damages such as quirks, spikes and scratches visible. The system is insensitive to foreign influences and is thus particularly suitable for industrial applications.

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Surface measurement

With the APAS inspector, the surface heights in the nanometer range can be determined by means of white light interferometry. Thus, in addition to defects, the roughness and the flatness can also be measured very precisely.

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Micro crack detection

Detecting hairline cracks in ceramic components is a major challenge for the human eye. With this module, the APAS inspector is able to reliably detect such microcracks in ceramic components, which are often overlooked by humans.

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Color inspection

With this module, robust color tests can be implemented. The test module determines the color spectrum for each point and can thus reliably distinguish colors.

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Learning image processing

With this option, the employee records images of a test item with the APAS inspector. In these pictures, he marks good and faulty areas. These are assigned to predefined classes. With this information a classifier is trained which includes the analyses in future inspections. The system analyzes and stores the information for future test runs, so that the pictures can be automatically distinguished. The system can be re-trained with new images, which continuously optimizes the quality tests.

Benefits APAS inspector

All benefits at a glance:

Flexibility in production

Cost-effective optimization of existing process structures

Relief of employees

Increasing efficiency and productivity

Versatile use with low investment costs

Sample configuration

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Picture showing a sample configuration of the APAS inspector mobile for the surface inspection of turning parts

FAQs

Why should I choose an APAS inspector?

The APAS inspector is a modular test system, which can be set up in a very short time for a variety of different test tasks using various test modules. As a result, the APAS inspector is distinguished above all by the adaptability to different requirements. The system is mobile and can thus perform different tasks at different locations independent of the location.

Which modules are available?

We have sorted our modules into four categories:

• Platform: You can use the APAS inspector mobile or integrated into a production line

• Part supply: A planar table with one or two planar travelers is available, which enables independent component positioning in the X and Y directions. On the planar travelers, rotations are available for positioning or scanning cylindrical parts. A stacking unit of test specimens allows an extended self-sufficient operating time of the APAS inspector by processing up to 10 carriers without manual intervention. In addition to the manual placement of the APAS inspector, automated assembly by our collaborative robot APAS assistant is also possible.

• Test modules: There are four standardized test modules available for various tasks:

1. Deflectometry for the surface inspection of shiny components

2. Photometric stereo for the surface inspection of matt components

3. Spectroscopy for spectral color testing

4. Interferometry for the measurement of precision surfaces

In addition, customer-specific adjustments are also possible.

• Software: The software extension "Learning image processing" can optionally be used to analyze surfaces.

How is the APAS inspector programmed?

The user interface and the PLC are programmed on the basis of TwinCAT and our own development environment. Image processing is based on the HALCON software from MVTec. The interface to the PLC makes it possible to display the results and to set parameters. As an optional module, the learning image processing is offered, which allows you to train a classifier for image evaluation even without programming skills.

How does the learning image processing work?

With the help of the learning image processing, employees of the machine can teach new skills to continuously improve the recognition performance. Training images are used to separate test items into “good” and “faulty” parts. For this purpose the employee takes pictures of several test subjects in which he marks the "good" and "faulty" areas. Using this information, the Learning Image Processing module then creates a classifier that performs the evaluation in automatic mode. It is thus possible to transfer the experience of the manual visual inspection into an automatic test system without defining error variables.

Do you provide a complete system adapted to my task?

CE marks can be issued by Bosch. The requirements can be defined in a detailed discussion.

What does an APAS inspector cost?

This depends on the configuration you are interested in and how much the application effort is for your test task. We are happy to advise you on the selection.

What should I do if I am interested in a system?

If you are interested in a system, you can contact us via our contact form. We will call you back in time to get a picture of your situation and discuss the possibilities with you. Generally, we recommend that you make a feasibility study before purchasing a device or a complete solution. Within this framework, we test the feasibility of a task. If you are unsure whether an APAS inspector solution is right for you, we are also happy to offer you rental systems to test the suitability of the system without obligation.

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