Quality Control with PRESS-CHECK

  • Automatic sorting of sheets or stopping of the press when limits are exceeded
  • Logging and evaluation of all measured data and disclosure to the master control system via industry-standard interfaces
  • Easy integration of the test system by the flexible structure and variable data customisable interface

Thermography in Use in Press Hardening

Quality Control with PRESS-CHECK from InfraTec

The automated test system PRESS-CHECK works with two powerful high-end thermographic cameras for continuous measurement of two-dimensional temperature distribution. This measurement is carried out before the pressing operation on the surfaces of the sheets to be processed and subsequently on the resulting molded parts, ultimately enabling exact compliance with the thermal process parameters.

As a result, you get components with the designed microstructure and a corresponding local resistance distribution. A consistently high production quality is ensured by the thermographic-based, two-dimensional monitoring of process temperatures, with distinct advantages over merely selective temperature measurements on reference points offered by pyrometers, for example.

The process-specific temperature limits for the differently shaped metal parts can be managed in special recipes. Stampings with different thermal signatures are recognised and can be automatically sorted out, so your wastage rates fall considerably. Furthermore, the software checks whether a sheet is inserted into the press, checks how it is positioned and recognises double sheets. If necessary, the press is stopped automatically.

PRESS-CHECK is linked to the higher-level control system of the respective press, and simultaneously transmits data as well as classification of all pressings. With the test software, you can manage the various molds and the associated measurement values automatically, even creating logs. This makes the system universally usable for all applications running on the press without the need for additional equipment and setup time. With highly reliable components, special protective housings, a flexible design and industry-standard data interfaces, the PRESS-CHECK test systems can be easily integrate in your press processes.

Why Monitor the Process of Press Hardening?

Automotive low weight components demand a precise microstructure and corresponding local strength distribution. Good reasons to monitor the process of press hardening by the use of infrared cameras.

Thermography in Use in Press Hardening

The automated test system PRESS-CHECK from InfraTec serves to control the production process during press hardening. It is equipped with several infrared cameras, which monitor the furnace exit, the moment before and after pressing as well as the cooling of the pressed parts. Thus, a complete temperature measurement and position monitoring is easily possible - high-level quality control due to thermography.

Quality Control for More Precision in Press Hardening with PRESS-CHECK – Car Parts

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Thermography in Use in Press Hardening

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System Structure

Automation solution PRESS-CHECK - System overview

Features and Benefits

  • Two thermal imaging cameras for temperature control before and after pressing
  • Extensive monitoring of the entire surface of the sheet
  • Presence detection, position recognition, double sheet detection Monitoring of tool wear
  • Fully automatic, process-synchronous operation; automatic contour detection of the sheets
  • No additional setup time
  • More efficient production process by automatically sorting sheets or stopping the press
  • Temperature measurement and classification of sheet metal parts
  • Adaptation to different press manufacturers through flexible system structure and data interface like PROFIBUS, Modbus, CC-Link
  • Minimal training effort due to intuitive user interface
  • Secure handling and access control with user management
  • Long-term recording and archiving of all measurement data for later analysis

System Structure

Automation solution PRESS-CHECK - System overview


Software screenshot PRESS-CHECK from InfraTec
  • Parameter setting, monitoring, operation, representation, evaluation and reporting by the software
  • Automatic test mode for temperature, loading and position control
  • Ease of use via an intuitive user interface
  • Parameterisation and setup
  • User management
  • Data and recipe management
  • Automatic data transfer to higher-level control system

Defect Patterns of a Moulded Part

Software screenshot PRESS-CHECK with error
Software screenshot PRESS-CHECK with error
Software screenshot PRESS-CHECK with error

Active Further Development

In addition to automotive manufacturers, globally operating service providers in the field of press systems increasingly rely on thermography-based measurement technology. They cooperate with other market participants, establish competence centers and drive forward the development of modern pressing. Through active participation in such projects, InfraTec's PRESS-CHECK solution is always up to date with the latest technology. Here you will find examples of such co-operations.

TELOS Global

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TELOS Global

TELOS Global offers unique services to automotive hot stampers in the United States. With its fully automated production plant, with a tool and die shop and a team of engineers that cover the complete range of expertise in the field of press hardening of steel, the company counts among the most innovative turn key suppliers in this market. The competence center in Caryville / TN serves as an industry hub for R&D, fabrication or modification of dies, production intend prototyping and lay off production of series components. The production line at TELOS – probably the largest line in North America – unites such experienced equipment suppliers as Eisenmann, Strothmann and Macrodyne. In 2018, this line has been completed by InfraTec with the technology that ensures temperature monitoring and positioning of the press hardened components during the manufacturing process.

Use of PRESS-CHECK for these Industries & Applications

  • thermal imaging in chemical industry
    Chemical Industry

    Chemical Industry

    Systematically control reactive process heat and display with infrared camera systems of InfraTec.

  • thermal imaging for thermal optimisation
    Thermal Optimisation

    Thermal Optimisation

    Identify possible problems already in the development phase well before serial production.

  • thermal imaging for material testing
    Material Testing

    Material Testing

    Save time and costs by non-destructively testing components with infrared camera systems by InfraTec.

Camera protective housing for infrared cameras by InfraTec
Wide Range of Protective Housings

Wide Range of Protective Housings

The InfraTec product range includes numerous protective housings. The all-weather and robust metal housings allow the use of the thermographic cameras in harsh environments and protect against mechanical stress, dust and splash water. Depending on requirements, users can also choose ATEX-certified protective housings that can be used in potentially explosive atmospheres.

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Ask for your suitable accessories

Suitable Accessories for Extended Requirements

InfraTec offers high-quality accessories for all camera series. This allows users to flexibly adapt their camera to changing test and measurement environments and optimize it for daily indoor and outdoor use. The corresponding components are specially designed for the corresponding model and open up new possibilities – for current applications and new tasks.

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Comprehensive Service from InfraTec

Comprehensive Service

Our Company’s own service department accompanies you even with complex automation solutions far beyond the actual sale. In the event of malfunctions, your enquiry is forwarded directly to the employees via a hotline. By remote maintenance, you will receive an initial diagnosis. Together with you, we analyse the cause of the problem and quickly find a solution.

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Advice from Specialists

Advice from Specialists

For more than 25 years, InfraTec has been implementing thermographic solutions with partners worldwide. Based on this wealth of experience, a thorough analysis of the initial situation is one of the first steps in cooperation. We prepare feasibility analyses and advise you on the planning of your future thermographic system. Afterwards, you will receive an offer adapted to your specific requirements.

Thermography trainings
Training of your Employees

Training of your Employees

In our training centre in Dresden, you can attend practical thermography training courses. After the transfer of the turnkey system, upon request qualified employees of our service team will introduce you step by step to your automation solution and instruct future users on your premises.

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