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Shape-from-Shading system inspects graphite surfaces for damage

POSTED 05/10/2024

Shape-from-Shading system inspects graphite surfaces for damage


Application and SolutionGraphite Surface Inspection

Die-cast carbons and graphites are now used in large quantities in the manufacture of a wide variety of automotive subcomponents, such as fuel and water pumps.

To ensure that the products leave the production line free of defects, senswork has developed a fully automated system for the quality assurance of such components in cooperation with a machine manufacturer from Rosenheim. In a cycle time of less than one second, six cameras inspect the six surfaces of a component using shape from shading. In addition to the smallest surface defects and cracks, the system also perfectly displays varying degrees of surface gloss. Evaluation takes place in the VisionCommander® machine vision software.


Learn more about the VisionUnit or VisionCommander®.




  • Detection by means of Shape from Shading
  • Inspection of six surfaces with six cameras
  • Cycle time of less than one second



  • Solid, reliable inspection
  • Illustration of varying surface gloss levels
  • Display of the smallest surface defects and cracks