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Metrological solutions for an adapted inspection of parts and tools of a sheet-bulk metal forming process

authors:Matthias, S.; Loderer, A.; Koch, S.; Gröne, M.; Kästner, M.; Hübner,S.; Krimm, R.; Reithmeier, E.; Hausotte, T.; Behrens, B.-A.
categories:Journals (reviewed)
publication:Journal: Production Engineering


Processes of the new production technology sheet-bulk metal forming allow a fast and efficient near-net-shape forming of highly complex parts. Thus the need of energy and raw material as well as the production cycle time can be reduced. In order to guarantee these advantages by avoiding scrap and moreover to ensure the parts’ geometrical requirements, production-related metrological solutions for an adapted inspection of parts and tools of sheet-bulk forming processes have to be developed. To fulfill the demands of the differing measuring tasks two prototypical measurement solutions are under development: a multi-scale multi-sensor fringe projection system allows for holistic inspections in feature adapted resolutions, whereas a fiberscopic fringe projection system captures the forming tool partly between forming steps. For the purpose of evaluating the metrological solutions’ capabilities of capturing the geometry of filigree structures a comparison of both systems is presented in this work. To guarantee realistic results, the performed measuring tasks have to be comparable to the areas of applications both systems were designed for. During the development of the measuring systems the emphasis was put on the inspection of small complex geometries. These are most challenging for fast and reliable optical inspection under production-related conditions. By considering measurements of calibrated standards on the one side as well as of measuring tasks resulting out of real sheet-bulk metal forming processes on the other side a realistic comparison is assured. Next to the measuring systems’ performances also an approach for combining the measurement data of both metrological solutions is shown. By combining the advantages of both measuring systems, highly detailed information for further interpretations of the forming processes can be provided.