Hommel-Etamic of Rochester Hills, MI, has introduced a solution for automated in-line part inspection of bores, such as those found in connecting rods, brake master cylinders, injection system components, and hydraulic valves that cannot tolerate surface finish defects.
Consisting of an optical sensor, computer, and a slide to position the sensor, the IPS-10 internal inspection system is the first device of its kind worldwide. It is designed to be installed within a production line to inspect bores with a diameter of 14mm to 50mm and depths to 450mm. Typical cycle times are only seconds per part to produce a complete optical inspection of a bore's inside surface
Parts to be inspected must have a clean, dry surface in order to use this optical inspection method, according to the company. The system detects surface flaws such as cavities, scratches, porosity, valleys, edge flaws and unmachined surfaces fully automatically. The completeness and position of...