Automation

Automated machines are the natural extension of the Solex dimensional measuring systems. Combining a set of dimensional sensors with automated lifting and moving devices, along with the recording and processing of the data obtained allows for the provision of fast inspection systems that fulfil the needs of mass production. Our solutions are designed on a case-by-case basis working from the specifications set by our clients.

Industrial solutions for checking package dimensions

Problem areas

A coffee capsule manufacturer called on the expertise of SOLEX Metrology to design a machine capable of continuously measuring 11 dimensions (including various heights, thicknesses and diameters) on a capsule when mounted on a rotating stand. The required throughput rate was some 180 pieces per hour, using a loading system made up of 6 stacks of a maximum of 100 capsules each. The most exacting tolerance on the dimensions to be measured was +/-80µm.

Key elements

Our skills in automation, our long experience in the development and use of dimensional sensors (with or without contact) along with our R&D service being structured to manage specific projects, have been applied all along this project.

LVDT sensor measuring techniques offer an ultimate accuracy of 0.1µm. They also provide surface quality and variable colour measuring capacities that are not possible using optical methods alone. The techniques also offer access to a large number of measuring points within a small surface area because of the small “footprint” of each sensor. It is thus possible to make thickness measurements as shown in Figure 1.

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Continuous measurement of rubber sheets

Problem areas

  •  Continuous measurement of the thickness of vulcanised sheets
  • Non-contact measurement
  • Rate up to 4m/minute
  • Accuracy of 5µ

Key elements

  • 3D mechanical design
  • Surface-sensing stylus  (non-contact measurement)
  • Specific software

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3D automated inspection of gearbox gearwheels

Problem areas

  • Designed to measure larger metal parts
  • Rate of 130 parts per hour
  • Accuracy of 5 µ
  • 4 dimensional controls
  • 3 types of parts (quick changing)

Key elements

  • 3D mechanical design
  • 16 in-built sensors
  • Specific software