A 3+ billion dollar MNC that provides electronic connectors and solutions, a company that views innovation as a tool for solving complex customer challenges has purchased single and multiple camera solutions. These products provide quality inspection for as many as 29 variants of connected stamped parts.
Another valuable customer for GTRON is USD 15m Indian company that specializes in Automotive and Appliance interconnect. They have been supplying to most top automotive OEMs in India for the last 15 years.
The customer is India’s foremost multi-business enterprise with a market capitalization of $40b and turnover of USD $8b. Their branded packaged food is one of the fastest growing in India. Going beyond process control, our customer ensures that quality standards are scrupulously adhered to while choosing ingredients that go into the preparation of their food products.
About the customer
Our customers’need was to inspect terminal strips at the rate of 1200 terminals per minute with a manufacturing tolerance of 50um. Some of the measurements were to be obtained by view from top, side and front. Further, the vision system needed to support inspection of different parts, as required.
The vision systems were required to run 24/7 for 6 days a week.
The vision system that was designed to serve the highly challenging requirements used special telecentric lens with collimated lights. Custom software allows for selection of the right program for the pre-configured product. The system provides a visual indication when a product is identified as NG. The dimension failing the specification is indicated in the HMI and a signal is sent to the stamping and winding machines to halt production, allow the operator to inspect the cause of ‘failure’ before continuing.
How did the customer benefit
The key advantages offered by the vision system include
• Inline inspection – as the product is being produced and collected into the reels inspection is performed.
• Higher throughput – production does not have to wait for offline inspection to proceed, hence improves the effective production rate.
• Plating and mold saving – If the NG parts were to be plated and assembled in molds; and the downstream QA inspection resulted in rejection, there would be considerable wastage and rework.
• Consistency – avoids the human errors as the machine is repeatable.
Gear Shifter Fork inspection – feasibility
The customer is a highly trusted engineering partner offering precision engineered components adhering to the highest standards of excellence and complexity, for some of the leading international & domestic automotive & aerospace manufacturers and OEMs over the last quarter of a century.
The product the needed to be inspected was a high precision parts for the automotive industry – a gear shifter fork; at the rate of 1 part per second. We have successfully analyzed and presented the key considerations for the vision system implementation.