In the modem computer-integrated material processing plant statistical process control plays an increasingly important role. A corresponding need for rugged and noninvasive on-line sensors capable of reliable and unattended performance is becoming more and more urgent. Optical sensors are often being adopted for such tasks not only because of their noncontact nature implying an easy adaptability to the automated inspection of continuously moving products at any temperature but also in view of their high response speed intrinsic resolution and increasing ruggedness. Properties which may be probed with optical devices include product features such as geometrical size and shape or surface integrity as well as process parameters such as temperature speed or vibration amplitude. This paper reviews a number of optical sensors which were recently developed at our institute for industrial material online inspection. Examples include surface defect detection 3-D lumber board scanning and infrared temperature measurement either in furnace or during spray deposition. The emphasis is on noncontact techniques well suited to automation and specifically adapted to each particular application with minimum perturbation of the industrial process. 1.
Paolo G. Cielo, Paolo G. Cielo,
"On-line optical sensors for industrial material inspection", Proc. SPIE 1266, In-Process Optical Measurements and Industrial Methods, (1 August 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.20255; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.20255