State-of-the-art optics and sensors form the basis of every optical quality control. Laser-based camera systems and optical sensors can, for example, scan contours to sort out faulty products. The high accuracy of optical quality controls permits reliable quality testing even for complex components. Increasingly tighter tolerances and the inspection of surface properties can be achieved precisely and reproducibly. High-precision optics, such as perfectly imaging aspheres, make it possible to fully record the workpieces and products to be inspected. Laser beams can be ideally bundled or expanded; camera lenses can be refined for daily use.
During thermal quality control via infrared cameras of a thermography system, the infrared rays emanating from the workpiece are visualized. The temperature measurement of the workpiece reveals possible incorrect tempering, which could lead to reduced quality in the following production steps, for example deviations from the nominal geometry. High-quality infrared optics are used for a targeted detection of heat radiation, for a safe and reliable quality determination.
Interferometers can be used to measure very sensitive optical surfaces. The superposition of a reference beam with the beam reflected from the surface to be measured produces so-called interferograms. These represent a full-surface error map of the measuring object and allow conclusions to be drawn about the quality or further processing of an optical system. High-resolution lenses are at the heart of interferometric measurements.