Online assessment of power transmission belt geometry by using laser triangulation and profile parameterisation
Source: The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, Volume 49, Numbers 1-4, July 2010 , pp. 177-184(8)
Abstract:We present a method that enables an automated assessment of the geometrical dimensions of power transmission belts and the detection of surface defects and small deviations from the ideal shape that are difficult to detect with a visual inspection. The method is based on the acquisition of belt surface profiles using a laser triangulation and automated profile assessment based on a custom-developed algorithm. The algorithm uses a novel approach to profile segmentation, featuring a template that defines the expected profile shape in advance and so, allows a faster implementation of the algorithm. It enables an automated calculation of the basic geometrical dimensions, which define the profile shape in the technical drawing and are important for online quality control in the production line. A macrolanguage was developed for a rapid and flexible definition of the mathematical operations used in the calculation of the profile's dimensions and thus, an adaptation to the requirements of a particular application. We demonstrate the use of the automatic belt profile geometry assessment on randomly chosen samples.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Veyance Technologies Europe, d.o.o., Škofjeloška c. 6, 4000, Kranj, Slovenia, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 2: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, University of Ljubljana, Aškerčeva 6, 1000, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Publication date: July 2010