Media Reviews

Are you interested in further reading about AICON‘s measuring systems? Then you should read these professional articles that were published in leading technical journals.


New Machine Measures ten Tubes in 85 Seconds

Proton Engineering’s new investment, the cupboard TubeInspect P16 from German Aicon, will greatly reduce the time it takes to verify the bent tube through optical measurement with a highly qualified outcome. This is another step in our development to ensure the right quality to the customer. And the production becomes more cost effective, which also benefits the customer, says Fredrik Ottosson, CEO.


High-Speed Camera Systems Measure Vehicle Dynamics

Automobile prototypes must be thoroughly evaluated so that final production models perform in an optimum manner. To do so, manufacturers must test their prototypes, evaluating how they perform at different speeds, road and handling conditions. In the past, such tests were performed by fitting numerous electro-mechanical and electro-optical sensors to each vehicle, capturing the data and comparing this with simulation models. While effective, such systems required multiple sensors to be precisely positioned on each vehicle, a task that is both time consuming and subject to generate inaccurate measurements.
To alleviate this problem, Aicon 3D Systems has developed a number of systems that use high-speed cameras to measure wheel and engine motion at vehicle speeds of up to 250kph. 


Optical Camera-based 3D Measuring Systems for Tubes and Wires

TubeInspect P of AICON 3D Systems represents a further development of the technology for tube and wires measurement. The system is equipped with latest camera and LED illumination technology as well as a highly precise and long-term stable glass reference. With stereoSCAN of Breuckmann (company acquired by AICON in 2012) the automated scanning in production is granted.


Camera-based Measurement System Sends Waves of Productivity through Fabrication Shop

According to the owner of Aero Bending, a US tube bending company, TubeInspect has improved productivity at least 10 times. The Californian company uses AICON’s optical tube and wire measuring system TubeInspect to measure bent tubes and to verify their dimensional criteria. Aero Bending has made significant time savings which influence the whole working process: Measurements are carried out more quickly, improving productivity of both machines and people as well as measurement reliability.


Pioneer in Wire Technology: Kokinetics deploys TubeInspect for Wire Measurements

Can wire be measured using a tube measuring system? This was the question when Kokinetics GmbH was considering the procurement of an optical tube measuring system as an alternative to their conventional gaging checks. Kokinetics purchased a TubeInspect S from AICON, and the system has proven successfully in the routine testing of bent wires, making Kokinetics a pioneer in wire bending industry.


3D Metrology for Component Testing in Vehicle Safety

Product development cycles of automotive components and vehicles are becoming shorter and shorter. That is why simulations and testing for automobile and supplier industries must constantly become more efficient. The cost and time savings from increased efficiency, together with the need for increased precision of test results, is driving more stringent requirements for testing equipment. Through the use of 3D coordinate measurement based on special photogrammetric measuring systems, AICON 3D Systems GmbH offers solutions which simplify both preparation and execution of test runs.


Vehicle Dynamics with Optical Metrology

Optical measuring processes offer a far easier, extremly accurate alternative to mechanical methods for three-dimensial measurement of movements.
Optical measurement systems such as WheelWatch from AICON 3D Systems, provide extremely accurate results that are suitable for a comparison with results of vehicle dynamics simulations.


Test Report has Documented the Suitability of TubeInspect for Deployment in Aerospace Industry

Quality demands on tube manufacturing in the aerospace industry are considerably more stringent than in other industrial sectors. To determine the suitability of the optical tube measuring system ‘TubeInspect’ for this sector, PFW Aerospace AG carried out an extensive measurement system analysis. During the tests PFW project engineer Martin Seibt identified the high repeatability of the system. Even the reproducibility was five times higher than the one of the competing measuring systems. 


Fabricator Combines Technologies to Bend and Measure Multidimensional Tubing

Stirling Energy Systems, Scottsdale, Arizona, a manufacturer of systems for the solar power industry, approached Harco Metal Products about making a component that requires a series of short, small-diameter tubes installed in a unique pattern. Because the bent tubes must have a continuously changing radius, the fabricator would need a machine capable of making free-form, multidimensional bends. It also would need a measurement system that could accurately evaluate such bends. 


Production Times for Automotive Fuel Pipes Improved With Optical Inspection

A manufacturer of fuel storage and fluid carrying systems for vehicle braking and powertrain applications has made significant time savings after installing an optical gauge for the measurement of its formed tubes, pipes and wires. TI Automotive's Fuldabrück site in Germany, which specialises in manufacturing prototypes of fuel pipes, is using AICONs optical tube measuring system, TubeInspect, to measure its plastic fuel pipes.


Cost Optimization of Tube Manufacturing

“A penny saved is a penny earned” says a proverb. This is especially true when you are concerned with the success of your business. Therefore, reaching a high degree of efficiency is one of the main goals of a company. Manufacturing processes must be optimized continuously, and costs have to be reduced. However, where to start with cost savings? Businesses that produce tubes and pipes often mention four areas of costs that have a serious effect on total costs: gauge costs, material costs, storage costs and setup costs of bending machines.


AI Can See Clearly Now

An industrial robot is defined by the International Standards Organisation as being an automatically controlled, reprogrammable, multipurpose manipulator, which  is programmable in three or more axes. In practice, the tasks that industrial robots perform are usually highly repetitive, and they are often programmed using simple commands such as "move tool to position one, then move to position two , then activate tool...", etc. Industrial robots were first developed for use in the  automotive  industry, and this industry persists as the main application of robot technology. While machine vision has played an important role on robot-assisted production lines throughout its development, the ability to integrate vision into a robot system and to have the robot respond to visual information is a relatively recent development. 


Focusing on Bent Tubing

Measuring the bends and straight sections of a bent tube can be tricky and time-consuming, especially if the tube has a large number of bends in several directions. Photogrammetry, also known as optical measurement, uses a booth equipped with several digital cameras to make a digital image of the part, allowing fast, easy measurements.


AICON Company Profile

The newspaper of the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association (FMA) published a company profile about AICON 3D Systems and interviewed AICON's president Dr. Werner Bösemann.


Vision in the Driving Seat

Greg Blackman from the British magazine "imaging & machine vision" investigates some of the applications of machine vision in the automotive industry including AICON's TubeInspect. 


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