VGinLINE inspects your parts automatically and non-destructively with industrial computed tomography (CT). It’s simple to set up and works with almost every CT system on the market – right out of the box.
VGinLINE automatically or semi-automatically inspects your parts with a recurring analysis pattern:
VGinLINE Complete offers all relevant features of VGSTUDIO MAX, i.e., coordinate measurement, wall thickness analysis, nominal/actual comparison, defect detection (pores, voids, inclusions), fiber orientation analysis, and foam/powder analysis.*
You can easily reconfigure VGinLINE yourself, whether you need to adjust for small changes to the product design or want to inspect a totally different product. Individually developed inspection systems are often geared to just one task, typically making changes difficult and very expensive to implement.
VGinLINE can work with almost any format – reconstructed CT volumes, even in proprietary formats (upon request), as well as projection images taken by your CT scanner, which VGinLINE can automatically reconstruct. No CT scanner? VGinLINE also supports point clouds and meshes in addition to voxel data.
VGinLINE is based on a simple idea: Monitor directories for incoming CT data sets.
Let’s say your CT scanner saves the scan data of part 1 in one directory and the data sets of part 2 in another directory. If configured accordingly, VGinLINE knows to run a defect analysis on part 1, but to apply a measurement template and run a nominal/actual comparison on part 2.
If-then statements in jobs allow for even more complex inspections. For example, you can determine if you’re currently dealing with part A or B and, as a consequence, run different analyses. Or maybe further analyses are unnecessary if the first analysis finds an insufficient wall thickness, for example.
* VGinLINE Cast & Mold Extended is especially tailored to the foundry sector and includes the add-on modules Coordinate Measurement, Nominal/Actual Comparison, Wall Thickness Analysis, and Extended Porosity/Inclusion Analysis (includes P 201/VW50097 and P 202/VW50093).
* Depends on license (VGinLINE Complete or VGinLINE Cast & Mold Extended).
VGinLINE integrates efficiently into your production process.
It reconstructs incoming CT data sets efficiently on the fly. They not need to be saved on a hard drive nor reloaded. Outgoing data such as statistics or analyses are passed along to other software via built-in interfaces, including a Q-DAS interface to Quality Management software. An SDK opens up VGinLINE to external systems such as a shop floor control system. Cavity markers in the CT scans can be recognized, stored and used to select the corresponding inspection plan.
With Volume Graphics software, you always have total control of your system and your data.
No file will be deleted unless you explicitly tell VGinLINE to do so. To improve accountability and security, our software supports the Windows event log to log every relevant action. Access control to the system can be easily realized via the familiar Windows permission system, e. g., allowing only certain users to change configurations.
VGinLINE can export data for archiving purposes. The software ensures that this data is complete: For example, VGinLINE stores a CAD file that it used for inspection together with the result when exporting.
Production processes evolve, and inspections may have to be adapted. Revisions enable you to incrementally change jobs while still maintaining a history. Unique IDs provide traceability, and switching between revisions is easily possible.
VGinLINE has got you covered—even when your needs change or grow.
Simply prepare new analyses in VGSTUDIO MAX or reuse parts of existing jobs. Custom-built in-line inspection solutions can’t match this degree of flexibility.
You can easily distribute inspection tasks to several workstations in order to achieve the necessary data throughput or ensure the required redundancy in your process.
This makes VGinLINE not only flexible and scalable, but also fail-safe. If more workstations are necessary, just add them. Additional workstation licenses are offered at a steep discount.
Use a reference volume calculated from actual manufactured parts that have been classified as ‘good’ for your automated inspection tasks.*
This teaches the software how a ‘good’ part should look and what deviations are ‘normal’. Based on the reference volume, VGinLINE performs, e.g., a nominal/actual comparison. This is not only much faster than conventional analyses, it also detects a wider variety of defects.
* The calculation of reference volumes is a service that has to be performed by Volume Graphics at an additional cost.
The file format ".vgl" is the industry standard for the exchange of 3D data from industrial computed tomography (CT). Independent of the CT hardware used, ".vgl" data can be used flexibly throughout the entire workflow - for quality control, metrology, damage analysis, and product development.