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View of inspection system from side of line


A local automotive plant had a situation where the automation missed putting anti-chip on 50 of their vehicles. These trucks were also missed by operators working on the sealer deck. Once a truck is built without this anti-chip it is no longer a saleable unit and must be disassembled and scrapped. This was costing the plant a large amount of money in wasted production.


Cameras and a light source were installed and used to detect the color change on the surface indicating that anti-chip was applied on the trucks side. The output from the camera gives a pass/fail signal that is tied into their PLC and gives and alarm should be there an instance that the automation misses a truck.


The cameras are working as intended, and there is no more concern that a body will get missed, either by automation or by personnel. The scrap rate has dropped in the plant for this operation.