in-line inspection

In-line Inspection Game Changer

Using in-line inspection (POINT or LINE SENSORS) Nanovea’s unique in-line software package can measure and analyze “live” roughness and texture parameters meeting standards for up to 8 points sensors or up to 4 line sensors. The software has many features including pass and fail criteria specific to each sensor or average of all sensors. Acquisition rates of more than 1,300,000 points per seconds. This is ideal for any film/paper sheet measurements and other in-line applications. Nanovea provides integration support including specific mounting structure.


Coating Inspection of TIN by Scratch Testing

Coating inspection of residual stress in protective PVD/CVD coatings plays a critical role in the performance and mechanical integrity of the coated component. The residual stress derives from several major sources, including growth stress, thermal gradients, geometric constraints and service stresses. The thermal expansion mismatch between the coating and the substrate created during coating deposition at elevated temperatures leads to high thermal residual stress. Moreover, the TiN coated tools are often used under very high concentrated stresses, e.g. drill bits and bearings. It is critical to develop a reliable quality control process to quantitatively inspect the cohesive and adhesive strength of the protective functional coatings.

Coating Inspection of TIN by Scratch Testing


Tribology Inspection of Titanium Nitride Coatings By Tribometer

Wear of the tools in service creates loss of dimensions and functionality of the tools. It has significant influence on the tool life, as well as the surface integrity and dimension accuracy of the finished products. The tribo-mechanical properties of the protective ceramic coatings can substantially enhance the service performance and lifespan of the machine tools. Reliable and accurate tribology inspection of such protective coatings becomes vital to ensure quality performance of the tools.

Inspection of Titanium Nitride Coatings By Tribometer


Roughness Mapping Inspection Using 3D Profilometry

Surface defects of products derive from materials processing and product manufacturing. In-line surface quality inspection ensures the tightest quality control of the end products. The Nanovea 3D Non-Contact Profilometers utilize chromatic confocal technology with unique capability to determine roughness mapping of a sample without contact. The line sensor enables scanning the 3D profile of a large surface at a high speed. The roughness threshold calculated real-time by the analysis software serves as a fast and reliable pass/fail tool.

Roughness Mapping Inspection Using 3D Profilometry


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MS&T, the annual materials science conference held by four technical societies, offers an unreplicated technical program addressing structure, properties, processing and performance across the materials community. The exposition showcases a wide variety of equipment and services to the automotive, aerospace, instrumentation, medical, oilfield and energy industries. Learn more about each society here.


Controlled Humidity Nanoindentation of Polymer Films

The mechanical properties of polymer is modified as the environmental humidity elevates. Transient moisture effects, a.k.a. mechano-sorptive effects arises as the polymer absorbs high moisture content and experiences accelerated creep behavior. The higher creep compliance is a result of complex combined effects such as increased molecular mobility, sorption-induced physical aging and sorption-induced stress gradients.

Therefore, a reliable and quantitative test (Humidity Nanoindentation)of the sorption-induced influence on the mechanical behavior of polymeric materials at different moisture level is in need. The Nano module of the Nanovea Mechanical Tester applies the load by a high-precision piezo and directly measures the evolution of force and displacement. Uniform humidity is created surrounding the indentation tip and the sample surface by an isolation enclosure, which ensures measurement accuracy and minimizes the influence of drift caused by humidity gradient.

Controlled Humidity Nanoindentation of Polymer Films


Humidity Effect On Paper Flatness

Paper flatness is critical to the proper performance of printing paper. It communicates functional characteristics and makes an impression of the paper quality. A better understanding of the effect of humidity on paper flatness, texture and consistency allows optimizing the processing and control measures to obtain the best product. Quantifiable, precise and reliable surface inspection of the paper in different humid environments is in need to simulate the use of paper in the realistic application. The Nanovea 3D Non-Contact Profilometers utilizes chromatic confocal technology with unique capability to precisely measure the paper surface. A humidity controller provides precise control of the humidity in a sealed chamber where the test sample is exposed to the moisture.

Humidity Effect On Paper Flatness


Humidity Tribology Effect On DLC Coating

The DLC coating exhibits very low COF against steel ball (below 0.1) under high vacuum and dry condition. However, it has also been reported that the DLC is very sensitive to the change of environmental conditions, particularly the relative humidity tribology(RH). The environment with a high humidity and oxygen concentration may lead to significant increase of the COF. In order to simulate the realistic environmental conditions of the DLC coating for tribological applications, reliable wear evaluation in a controlled and monitored humidity is in need. It allows users to properly compare the wear behaviors of the DLC coatings exposed to different humidity and to select the best candidate for the targeted application.

Humidity Tribology Effect On DLC Coating


Cutting Tool Edge Measurement in Seconds

Irvine CA, July 27, 2016 – Conventional profilometry scans sample surfaces from a single, fixed direction.  This is only appropriate for measuring sufficiently flat samples, as opposed to cylindrical shapes that require a precise 360° rotation. For an application such as characterizing the helical cutting edge of a tool, a conventional machine would need multiple scans from different angles of the entire part, as well as significant post scan data manipulation. This is often too time consuming for QC applications that only require measurements from very specific regions.

NANOVEA’S rotational stage solves this problem with simultaneous motion control of the lateral and rotational axes. This technique eliminates the time consuming need of measuring the entire part and continuous realignment. Instead, the full circumference of the entire cutting edge can be determined in seconds. All desired angles and features can be directly determined from the scan, with no need for the extensive stitching together of multiple files.

NANOVEA’s chromatic confocal technique offers far greater resolution, down to 2.7 nm, and accuracy than Focus Variation competitors. The raw surface height is measured directly from the detection of the wavelength focused on the surface, with none of the errors caused by Interferometry techniques, no field of view limitations, and no need for sample surface preparation. Materials with extremely high or low reflectivity can easily be measured and very high wall angles are accurately characterized without any issue.

Coupled with NANOVEA’s line sensor, a bar of data up to 4.78mm wide can be captured in a single pass, while moving linearly for up to 150mm in the scanning direction. Simultaneously, the rotational stage can revolve the sample at the desired speed. Put together, this system allows for the creation of a continuous 3D height map of the entire circumference of a cutting edge, with any pitch or radius, in a fraction of the time when compared to other technologies.

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