Image Processing / Industrial Applications

The R&D group Image Processing / Industrial Applications supports a wide range of industrial quality assurance and manufacturing processes with customer-specific solutions by focusing on research in material analysis, robotics, image processing and automation.

Image processing deals with the analysis, classification and measurement of different materials and objects in 2D / 3D. Results will be directly forwarded to industrial controls, databases, SAP and measurement reports.

Special emphasize goes to the research team robotics, which specializes within the fields of robot control, kinematics and process simulation. In close collaboration with the automation team, productive solutions are developed in R&D projects as well as customer specific orders.

Profile

  • Industrial image processing – measurement, testing and documentation
  • Support of visual / subjective evaluation processes by software
  • Development of automation and quality assurance solutions
  • Control of status and form, target/actual comparison
  • Intelligent optical test and measurement technology
  • Robotics / Process simulation and automation
  • Automated analysis, evaluation and measurement processes for parts, surfaces and particle structures
  • Interdisciplinary research and development

Research Projects

Alu-Guss Pro


Image-based analysis of aluminum casting

  • Development of an image-based technology for fast and reproducible determination of dendrite arm spacing
  • Determination of dendrite arm spacing and local solidification time
  • Increasing the degree of automatization

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM); funding code: KF2083613LF1

Bipolar


Development of a quality assurance model for the production of high graphitic components with the example of injection molded bipolar plates

  • Development of a quality assurance model for the production of high graphitic components production
  • Determination of raw material quality and quantity indicators, as well as parameters for the compounding process

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung
Funding code: 16072 BG

Bipolar.Plus


Development and implementation of a process-suited test station for the quality control of high-filled compound bipolar plates

  • Development of a new process-suited system for the handling of test specimens and positioning of bipolar plates conform to testing standards
  • Development of a process-capable test procedure meeting cycle time standards

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM); funding code: KF2083612ZG1

BRUNNTEC


Image-based 3D surveying and measuring system for drinking water wells to detect deposits

  • Development of a 3D detection system to analyze the inside walls of wells
  • Waterproof and pressure-tight case for a diving depth up to 300 m
  • Database time analysis of the drinking water wells

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) / KMU innovativ; funding code: 02WQ1241

ConMon


Mobile multisensory monitoring system for automated detection of structural changes of buildings

  • Development and manufacturing of a mobile, autonomously navigating 3D laser scanner
  • Quality assurance, control and documentation of interior spaces and construction
  • Automated generation of textured, metric 3D models with a nearly homogeneous measuring point density
  • Automated detection and visualization of changes in structure

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / INNO-KOM-Ost; funding code: MF110167

HSMRotal


Development of an automated measuring system for rotor blade flanges of wind turbines

  • Development of a 3D measuring system for the contact-free detection of rotor blade flanges
  • Integration of a measuring system into an overall flange processing system
  • Software components
  • Real-time image preprocessing algorithms
  • Generation and analysis of 3D room data based on point clouds

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) / KMU innovativ; funding code: 02PK2216

ObjecTAG


Efficient image-based text detection and recognition in videos

  • Fast detection and recognition of single letters and text in videos  
  • Real-time text recognition, limitless to any textural design (color, position and size)

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) / Zentrales Innovationsprogramm Mittelstand (ZIM); funding code: KF2083618KM2

OMEGROS


Image-based detection and measurement of hot forged parts

  • Development of a non-contact, optical technology for online 3D measurement of large forging blanks
  • Use of laser triangulation and thermal imaging technology / material flow analysis

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) / Förderprogramme „Optische Technologien“ und „Forschung für die Produktion von morgen“; funding code: 13N10161

ProDemo II


Model-based programming "by Demonstration" – Direct interaction with robotic systems

  • Shorter robot programming process
  • Less quality requirements for robot programming
  • More intuitive and safe robot programming
  • Robot-independent framework for programming system

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung; funding code: ZBG 09488/08

QuoHy-BV


Analysis of hyperspectral data sets of X-ray fluorescence

  • Analysis of hyperspectral X-ray fluorescence for the spatially resolved and quantitative measurement of the elemental composition of chemical samples
  • Software tool for analyzing hyperspectral data sets
  • Ensuring real-time capability through preprocessing during data collection

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / INNO-KOM-Ost; funding code: MF130032

QWPS


Quick Wood Particle Size - Image analysis system for small wood fibers

  • Development of a mechanism to separate wood particles in a FlowBox
  • Development of an image analysis system for the measurement of real-time particle morphology and size distribution in a size range from 10 μm to 30000 μm
  • Capability tests of the measuring technique developed for the practical application with manufacturers of wood particles (process control) or with particle processors (entrance control)

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung; funding code: 383 ZBR

SERBA


Demonstrator for the real-time self-organization of robotic systems

  • Software environment SERBA.sim for the simulation of multiple robots
  • Flexible system configuration including basis data structure and related structuring tool
  • Real-time collision avoidance by adjusting the robot trajectories

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / INNO-KOM-Ost; funding code: VF120001

Sichtbeton II


Image-based evaluation methods for exposed concrete surfaces

  • Development of objective and automated processes to evaluate the visual quality of exposed concrete surfaces
  • Analysis of pore sizes and distribution
  • Inspection of color and texture

Funded by: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) / Industrielle Gemeinschaftsforschung; funding code: 15940B