Inspection of curved surfaces

The Robotic Imaging System is equipped with laser distance measurement as standard. It is used by the system to map the shape of the sample before measuring. This information is used to navigate the robots around the sample to avoid collisions. It can also be used to automatically control the trajectory of movement of the robots so that, for example, they maintain a constant distance from the surface and the angle to it. This can be seen i.e. on a curved honeycomb sample, where all honeycomb cells are displayed perpendicularly.
This is particularly important for ultrasound control. In the case of contact methods, robotic arms are also able to maintain a constant pressure on the surface of the sample.