Inline inspection of transparent materials

Inspections for container and plate glass, pharmaceutical containers and PET bottles

Residual stress in glass manufacturing can lead to fissures during the downstream production process, thus causing the glass container to break. This results in high additional costs and the loss of valuable time, such as when production has to be interrupted. With polarization imaging however, such situations are a thing of the past. Our intelligent polarization imaging method guarantees you complete, cost-effective control of your production processes while they are running. Because it identifies defective products, allowing them to be directly sorted out, you benefit from lower production and energy costs and increased output, productivity and quality.

CFRP Inspections

Quality assurance in the production of CFRP components for the wind power, automotive and aircraft industries

Carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CFRPs) are playing an increasingly important role in industries such as automobile and aircraft manufacturing. The fundamental benefit of CFRP material lies in its durability and reduced weight, not to mention that the fields of application are limitless. However, the purely visible and manual product inspections that have been deployed to date harbor the risk of higher rejection rates and a significant loss of time. By controlling the quality of the material through polarization, our method can provide direct, reliable and error-free measurements at a significantly lower cost.

3D Analysis

Cavity and void inspections, endoscopy

The current and established processes used in the 3D reconstruction of cavities and voids with shiny surfaces have reached the limits of their capability. Polarization imaging can help precisely reconstructing and representing objects with shiny surfaces in 3D. This approach can be used in conjunction with borehole inspections or endoscopic image processing systems.

Tissue Analysis in Medical Technology

Identifying and differentiating tissue structures

Another possible application for polarization imaging is the field of medical  technology. Polarization can be used to detect  and uncover non-organic contaminants/extraneous objects in human tissue. While current methods require processing  the tissue samples in the lab in order to create an image that can be subsequently analyzed, our measurement method could help medical professionals perform this procedure directly on the patient without the need of biopsy and long latency, even while the medical examination.