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Journal of Electronic Imaging

Real-time flatness inspection of rolled products based on optical laser triangulation and three-dimensional surface reconstruction
Author(s): Julio Molleda; Rubén Usamentiaga; Daniel F. García; Francisco G. Bulnes
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Paper Abstract

Flatness is a major geometrical feature of rolled products specified by both production and quality needs. Real-time inspection of flatness is the basis of automatic flatness control. Industrial facilities where rolled products are manufactured have adverse environments that affect artificial vision systems. We present a low-cost flatness inspection system based on optical triangulation by means of a laser stripe emitter and a CMOS matrix camera, designed to be part of an online flatness control system. An accurate and robust method to extract a laser stripe in adverse conditions over rough surfaces is proposed and designed to be applied in real time. Laser extraction relies on a local and a global search. The global search is based on an adjustment of curve segments based on a split-and-merge technique. A real-time recording method of the input data of the flatness inspection system is proposed. It stores information about manufacturing conditions for an offline tuning of the laser stripe extraction method using real data. Flatness measurements carried out over steel strips are evaluated quantitatively and qualitatively. Moreover, the real-time performance of the proposed system is analyzed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2010
PDF: 14 pages
J. Electron. Imag. 19(3) 031206 doi: 10.1117/1.3455987
Published in: Journal of Electronic Imaging Volume 19, Issue 3
Show Author Affiliations
Julio Molleda, Univ. de Oviedo (Spain)
Rubén Usamentiaga, Univ. de Oviedo (Spain)
Daniel F. García, Univ. de Oviedo (Spain)
Francisco G. Bulnes, Univ. de Oviedo (Spain)

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