In every production process and R&D developments surface roughness, surface cleanness, material homogeneity or film thickness variations are quality parameter examples, which have to be objectively evaluated and controlled in a non-contact and quick manner. Presently available camera technologies, which mostly simulate human eye’s capabilities, are only able to monitor and evaluate three spectral bands (RGB). In many applications the classical visual inspection is often the method of first choice, notwithstanding obvious disadvantages such as no automation capability and subjectivity of the inspection results. The hyperspectral technology, however, makes it possible to resolve light spatially as well as spectrally. Every sample point is described by up to thousand spectral bands. Thus materials respectively sample structures can be “seen” and the sample can be objectively identified, evaluated and classified.
The application of the HSI technology for surface and film inspection requires a coordinated operation of camera, light and motion system. The hardware for data collection together with the routines for data evaluation must be reliably integrated into the software. For precisely these requirements IWS scientists offer their in-house developed solution imanto® pro. Physical-based “hardmodeling” and statistics-based “softmodeling” methods enable a flexible usage of the technique for various sample target parameters. Examples include the generation of images of thin film thicknesses, sheet resistance or optical materials parameters (refraction index, absorption coefficient) and the classification and evaluation of material groups according to own, defined quality criteria. Thus hyperspectral imaging enables the substitution of elaborate laboratory analyses.
Hyperspectral imaging provides a universal tool to evaluate and visualize the distribution of various surface and film parameters and thus derived sample properties .Thus industrial processes can be explored, be made more efficient and automated.
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