Here is an interesting article on a new inspection product.
Automation is becoming widespread in the welding industry, not only with respect to robotic welding but in the area of robotic vision inspection systems. Companies install robotic vision inspection systems for the same reasons they install other automated systems: to reduce costs due to poor quality welds; improve weld quality and consistency; increase productivity; and as a way to offset a lack of skilled labor. Additionally, if one automates the welding process, it makes good sense to automate the inspection process as well.
READ “New Automated Welding Inspection Systems” at Welding magazine online….blockquote>