In general, non-destructive testing with ultrasonic technology requires individual testing solutions depending on the component and testing task. Influences of the surface geometry, the defect position and the test areas rarely allow a standardized solution. In order to reduce the effort required for the construction of such ultrasonic inspection systems, a modular system design makes sense.
Our modular concept with our PROline CUSTOM ultrasonic inspection systems minimizes the customer-specific system design and optimizes the price-performance ratio. Our process-reliable inspection systems and modules can be adapted to different inspection tasks and increasing requirements. In general, each PROline inspection solution consists of the Proline USB ultrasonic inspection device, the inspection and evaluation software and the inspection mechanics.
The individual modular solution consists of a large number of standard modules that are perfectly matched to each other. The hardware (e.g. number of ultrasonic channels, encoder interfaces) is as flexible as the inspection software (e.g. various evaluation and data processing options).
Ultrasonic testing can be mechanized or (fully) automated. Depending on the application, PROline inspection systems work with immersion technology, squirter technology and, for the inspection of water-sensitive test parts, with bubbler technology without immersion.
The range of applications is wide: Proline monitors, e.g. the quality of axial or radial welds on differentials or gearwheels, welds on cardan shafts or tubes and rods for flaws. The inspection systems can be integrated into the production chain in the meaning of Industry 4.0 and fully automatically networked with robots and host systems.
test systems – same basis, but still individual
At the end of last year, VOGT Ultrasonics delivered more than 15 modular systems to a customer in the automotive industry. The inspection systems are used for the production-accompanying and fast inspection of weld seams on rotationally symmetric components. These are table-top inspection systems with one or two inspection tanks, water conditioning, component drying and swivelling operating unit.
PROline CUSTOM test solution for use in the production line with 2 test stations incl. drying unit (left). PROlineTOP ultrasonic unit, mounted on the swivel arm, replaces the typical switch cabinet.
The inspection system offers three inspection positions, each with a three-axis inspection probe manipulator. The inspection is done from the outside with bubbler technology, from the inside in the smallest space and with local immersion technology within circumferential notches. For the last-mentioned application, a rod-type probe, a water supply through a small tube and a water suction through a small tube are positioned inside the nut of the component via a swivel arm. The nut is filled with water for the duration of the test, which is then automatically extracted again.
The automatic evaluation, test report generation and result archiving saves time and creates test reliability. In the basic configuration, the inspection workplaces are designed for random sample inspection for manual assembly. In a further expansion stage, production-accompanying use with automated assembly by robots is possible.