Using thermography with different types of excitation is the basis for a fast in-line inspection solution. The focus is on the choice of sensors and the development of customer-specific analyses.
Inspecting Composite Components made from CFRP/GFRP
The use of composite components is rising fast, especially in the automobile industry. A fast and reliable inspection technique is required to monitor quality during production processes. A thermographic inspection system automatically identifies defects and is ideal for this purpose.
When inspecting metallic components for defects on or just below the surface, active thermography can be utilized to detect a wide range of flaws. For example, cavities or cracks are selectively identified using electromagnetic or mechanical waves.
The rising importance of lightweight engineering and the use of composite materials call for new, efficient evaluation methods. Active thermography can be implemented to identify a wide range of defects and inhomogeneities in order to assure component quality.
In the manufacture of solar cells, cracks can occur when transporting and handling the silicon wafers during production. These impair the function and longevity of solar cells. A thermographic inspection system detects micro cracks reliably and automatically.
Special Areas of Thermography in Non-Industrial Applications
Thermography also opens up new possibilities regarding non-industrial applications and can be used to supplement other inspection methods. For example, it is implemented successfully on animals and humans in the field of medicine as well as to assess works of art in the art world and in applications in archeology and biology.