In the beginning of 2021, Controlar obtained the approval for another R&D project under the Portugal 2020 programme.
This project intends to develop an innovative vision system to automatically detect visual defects in the final production stage of piston rings, essential elements in the assembly of combustion engines. Piston rings display a high degree of variability regarding shapes and materials. Moreover, the small size of the defects that can affect their usage, which makes automated inspection is a challenge to overcome.
Together with the optical inspection of defects in piston rings, the consortium intends to develop a framework to analyze all the data retrieved from the faults. The goal is to enable the traceability of these components, and ultimately to easily find the defects’ source leading to the design of new production trends in the factory floor.
This project is co-financed by COMPETE 2020 through the European Regional Development Fund.