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Camera systems with telecentric lenses and the corresponding working distance are often too long to be integrated into a machine without space problems. No problem with the Cognex In-Sight based VisionUnit from senswork.

Applications in the semiconductor industry require both high-precision, leading-edge technologies and reliable performance characteristics in cleanroom and control test environments. One of the largest manufacturers of semiconductor device handling systems relies on a specially developed VisionUnit from senswork to ensure chip positioning for very small chip sizes with extremely small dimensions.

Today, die-pressed carbons and graphites are used in large quantities to manufacture a wide variety of subcomponents for the automotive industry, such as fuel and water pumps. To ensure that the products leave the production line free of defects, senswork has developed a fully automated system for the quality assurance of such components together with a mechanical engineering company from Rosenheim.

The gap between contact surfaces plays a major role in connector assemblies. The distance between the individual contact surfaces is measured to an accuracy of 0.01 mm. For this purpose, the test parts are brought into the VisionUnit. The plug is clamped via a clamping mechanism and light diffusers are simultaneously delivered to the assembly, which display the gap between the contact surfaces in high contrast. A high-resolution camera in conjunction with telecentric optics then measures the gap between the individual contacts.

The testing device, which is 100% manufactured by senswork, enables the measurement of Fakra plug assemblies with an accuracy range of ± 0.02 mm. Both the Fakra interface side and the PCB side with press fits are tested with this device. An automatic focusing device ensures that the pins relate to the reference feature with constant image quality. The system is calibrated by a checkerboard calibration with high-precision calibration targets.

A dual camera system with mirror deflection enables the reading of part numbers on so-called turbocharger guide vanes by means of OCR. For this purpose, two Cognex In-Sight 8000 smart camera systems were integrated into a senswork VisionUnit with mirror deflection.

The turnkey test system consisting of a camera for the PCB side and a camera for the interface side tests a wide variety of Fakra plug assemblies. This is made possible by an adjustable viewing direction of the camera on the interface side and a well thought-out interchangeable set of partial exposures. Good parts are marked with a needle head that is integrated directly into the part receptacles.

For a French automotive supplier, senswork developed and implemented optical control modules for the quality inspection of automotive reversing sensors. Different sensor types are processed in one machine, then packed and stacked in different trays. The modular machine consists of four assembled modules connected by a common control system. A total of seven camera systems are used for optical inspection and defect detection.

With 18 images in different positions and focal planes on the component, our camera system checks a connector assembly on the front and back. With a resolution of 8 µm / pixel and the specially developed stitching tool, the images are joined together and combined into one overall image.

With USB connectors there are different contact surfaces on different Z-planes. In order to ensure a sharp view of the contact quality even at high resolution, this VisionUnit records several images on different focal planes in the shortest possible time. The characteristics are calculated across screens in the test program.

With another VisionUnit from senswork with mirror deflection and manual focus adjustment, hundreds of connector assemblies are fully tested every day in an automatic testing machine from Adaptronic. The additional lighting ensures the best lighting conditions for the high-contrast representation of the test features.

In order to obtain maximum flexibility with regard to the most varied connector types for manual connector inspection at a manual test station, we use our powerful VisionUnits from senswork with variable focus adjustment. The focus variation is made possible via a 30 mm servo axis, which can be controlled either via a PLC or directly via the camera program.

In high-frequency technology, the quality of the installed coaxial cables, especially in the connection area of the cables, plays a major role in the subsequent signal quality. The measuring system developed by senswork records the inner conductor tip three-dimensionally, and is thus able to precisely measure the spatial deflection of the tip as well as the protrusion from the outer conductor shield.

This double-head inspection system checks cutting contacts from two directions at the same time by means of cleverly deflected beam paths. The beam path is deflected in such a way that both the interlacing of the contact elements with one another and the gap size can be detected at the same time. A 3D portal system positions this VisionUnit above the contact elements. This VisionUnit saves a complex and wear-prone mechanical test.