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In process control with optical coherence tomography

Objective

Production industry is facing increased challenges in delivering highest quality in short time at competitive prices.As the dimensions or crucial features of products and parts become smaller reaching down to the micrometerrange, the effort and connected costs to characterise and evaluate the product's properties accordingly areincreasing dramatically. Especially for the characterisation/inspection of complex geometries or critical featureslocated inside the materials, non destructive imaging technologies are of great advantage. Unfortunately,conventional available non destructive imaging and evaluation methods are either very costly and/or rather slow(e.g X-ray computer tomography) or they do not fulfil the requirements (like standard ultrasonics) for advancedapplications e.g. for high resolution inspection of microparts.This project aims to solve these problems by developing a novel, fast, compact, user-friendly, cost effective(affordable by SMEs) tomographic characterisation tool for industrial applications, based on optical coherencetomography (OCT). The OCT method has been originally developed for medical diagnostics and is intensivelypursued for medical purposes, but not for industrial applications with the effect that there are currently noindustrial OCT-scanners commercially available.In this project, a competent all European consortium, with 10 partners from 5 European countries, covering theset requirements for the development and application of OCT could be established. The consortium includesSMEs as technology providers, supported by the RTD performers, and SMEs as technology users who willdirectly test and evaluate the novel method to shorten process development times and to control their products inthe production process. An additionally established industry supporter group, and the technology user SMEs inthe project are already defining a future market for a fast and effective exploitation of the #'

Funding Scheme

Cooperative - SMEs-Co-operative research contracts

Coordinator

HIGH Q LASER PRODUCTION GMBH
Address
Kaiser Franz Josef Strasse 61
Hohenems
Austria

Participants (8)

ISIS OPTRONICS GMBH
Germany
Address
Innstrasse 34
Mannheim
ACCENT PRO 2000 S.R.L.
Romania
Address
Nerva Traian 1, K6, Sc. 1, Ap. 26, Sector 3
Bucharest
PRAZISIONSKUNSTSTOFFTECHNIK BURTLMAIR GESELLSCHAFT M.B.H.
Austria
Address
Pochendorf 65
Kremsmunster
MICRO RESIST TECHNOLOGY GESELLSCHAFT FUR CHEMISCHE MATERIALIEN SPEZEIELLER PHOTORESISTSYSTEME MBH [DUPLI:999014777]
Germany
Address
Koepenicker Strasse 325, Haus 211
Berlin
STEAG MICROPARTS GMBH
Germany
Address
Hauert 7
Dortmund
UPPER AUSTRIAN RESEARCH GMBH
Austria
Address
Hafenstrasse 47 - 51
Linz
FACHHOCHSCHULEN OBEROSTERREICH F&E GMBH
Austria
Address
Franz Fritsch Strasse 11/13
Wels
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
Address
Claverton Down
Bath