SICK has expanded its portfolio of solutions for automotive manufacturing with a purpose-designed machine vision system for inspecting high-voltage batteries during assembly of electric vehicles. An ‘out-of-the-box’ solution with all necessary hardware and its own dedicated software, it enables easy configuration of SICK’s breakthrough Ranger3 high-definition camera technology into a dedicated inspection cell.
Already proven in major European automotive OEMs, the SICK’s High Voltage Battery Inspection System (HVS) is designed for installation on an EV assembly line immediately before the battery is connected to the car body. The system uses up to eight Ranger3 cameras and SICK-developed detection algorithms hosted on a programmable SICK Integration Device to evaluate high-precision results.
Neil Sandhu, SICK’s UK Product Manager for imaging, measurement and ranging explains: “During the assembly process for high-voltage batteries in electric vehicles, there are frequent changes between manual and partially-automated production steps, so maximum care and precision is required.
“Should a foreign object, even a tiny screw or washer, end up on the battery surface it could result in scratches, damage or a puncture. Such small objects, down to a couple of millimetres in size are difficult to see, especially as they are often the same colour as the metallic surface of the battery housing.
“Even a small object could cause surface damage to the battery that could risk production downtime, or worse, there is a risk of fire caused by short circuits which could even lead to costly vehicle recalls. All batteries must therefore be inspected for foreign objects to a very high resolution at this stage in the vehicle assembly process.”
The SICK High Voltage Battery Inspection system comprises all the elements needed to configure an inspection cell including SICK Ranger3 cameras with integrated lasers, to enable image acquisition to profile the surface of the battery using laser triangulation.
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