Adhesive Validation

Thermal imaging solutions provide a number of benefits for adhesive joining and application processes. First and foremost, thermal imaging allows for real-time monitoring of the adhesive curing process. This allows manufacturers to quickly and accurately identify any issues that may arise, such as uneven heating or inadequate curing, allowing for adjustments to be made on the fly to ensure a high-quality finished product.Second, thermal imaging solutions can help to improve the efficiency of the adhesive application process. By providing a clear, real-time view of the adhesive as it is applied, manufacturers can quickly and accurately apply the adhesive to the desired area, reducing waste and improving productivity.
Third, thermal imaging solutions can help to improve the overall quality of the finished product. By providing a detailed view of the adhesive curing process, manufacturers can ensure that the adhesive is applied and cured properly, resulting in stronger, more durable bonds.
Finally, thermal imaging solutions can help to reduce the risk of defects and improve safety in the workplace. By providing real-time monitoring of the adhesive curing process, manufacturers can quickly identify and address any potential issues, reducing the risk of defects and improving overall quality of your product.

Adhesive GapInconsistencies in adhesive application become visible with thermal imaging.

In this application, this customer was having issues with achieving proper adhesion on the manufacturing of their product. Prior to our solution, they relied on a destructive pull test, destroying one product per hour to validate their process. Not only was this costly, but it also did not provide them with 100% assurance that every part being produced was acceptable.
In the below picture, you can notice the gaps in the glue are easily identified (Bx1 & Bx2), our solution even provides them with the temperature monitoring to verify the glue is up to the proper temperature. This is good for situations that have upper / lower control limits and not just presence verification.

This customer was using a vision system to verify their glue bead on a moon-roof application. In this case, there were no issues with their current camera seeing the glue, however, air bubbles were forming in the glue lines at certain temperature ranges, causing glue “breaks” to form. Existing sensors were inconsistent and faulty and standard machine vision had not proven to be consistent and repeatable verification method. After our system, they were able to monitor and alert when the glue dispense heads were clogged, or for inconsistent or lack of coverage. Our system gave them the temperature data as well, in case their customer called with a concern, they could simply reference the barcode on that part and provide the customer with a thermal image with temperature data.

Glue Bead Giphy

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