5 Benefits You Need to Know about Automatic Inspection

Sep 09, 2021

If you’re producing precision components in a large volume, quality drives the entire manufacturing process. One of the ways to ensure the quality of products is automatic inspection. This technologically updated approach helps to overcome the problems associated with traditional inspection methods.

A glimpse into automatic inspection 

Automatic inspection refers to the automation of one or more of the steps involved in the inspection procedure. It can be generally divided into in-line, off-line, and near-line inspections. For example, when the inspection is done right after the products are manufactured, it can be called in-line inspection.

In this article, we will dig into the 3D automatic inspection. Automated inspection is a system that mainly consists of an automatic handling system, robot-mounted 3D scanner, and 3D measurement system. By largely replacing much of the tedious work of manual inspections, an automatic system can reduce errors to a great extent. It can also detect assembly problems in earlier stages, increase productivity and reduce costs.

Benefits of 3D automatic inspection

  • Reduce costs of equipment

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A coordinate measurement machine (CMM) is one of the common ways for manufacturers to conduct quality control. The price of this kind of precision instrument, specially designed fixtures and holdings that come with it can easily climb to above $100,000 or even $250,000. As for 3D automatic inspection, generally, the costs of the equipment and its accessories are much lower than $100,000.

  • Easy to operate

Easy to operate, turnkey solution

Most automatic inspections are turnkey solutions and can be customized to meet different demands. Due to its simple user interface, users don’t need a lot of training to operate. This system can support on-floor measurement and save the hassle of dedicated metrology labs, since it is not sensitive to temperature and humidity variations.

  • Increase efficiency

Increase efficiency

Automatic systems can inspect up to hundreds of parts a day even on complex surfaces. With no need for a specialist or metrologist to load, operate and unload the machine, it greatly speeds up outputs. Thanks to its specially designed measurement software, defects and deformations are easily detected so that the manufacturer can immediately adjust the manufacturing process.

  • Generate more repeatable measurement results

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Inspection procedures that are manually performed often result in possible errors, especially when multiple technicians are involved. As for automatic inspection, it can generate more consistent measurement results because its robot-mounted 3D scanner can provide a standardized routine and scanning process. The system minimizes the uncertainties of the measurements to the greatest extent.

  • Improve upstream process

Improve upstream process

Automatic inspection aids in real-time monitoring of the manufacturing process. It provides a significant amount of data for reliable tolerances. This feedback data can be instantly analyzed to improve the upstream process. In this way, the factory can shift from preventative to proactive quality control.

How can Scantech help?

The AutoScan-K lineup is an automatic inspection system from Scantech. It consists of a blue-laser 3D scanner, robotic arm, control system, and measurement system.

It mainly supports inspection of accuracy deviation, accuracy consistency, and automatic batch 3D scanning. Here is an example of how to compare 3D printed parts against the standard drawings with AutoScan-K.

How does it work? 

  • Set the comparison template in advance and select inspection items, such as deviation of the section, center distance,
  • Each piece is automatically inspected one by oneagainst the template, and an inspection report is then automatically generated.
  • The report may include among others trend analysis, repeatability inspection, process monitoring, and geometric deformation inspection.

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