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Collaboration on Weld Seam Inspection Extended

SmartRay, a leading manufacturer of 3D sensors for quality testing and weld seam inspection, has entered a global partnership with the international expert and technology developer for welding technology ABICOR BINZEL.


The cooperation creates synergies for smart automation in welding technology, for example, for the automotive industry and other manufacturing sectors. In January 2020, SmartRay agreed to cooperate with ABICOR BINZEL in individual countries, particularly in the USA, Canada, Mexico and China. Now the partnership has been confirmed, sealing the cooperation globally. 


Worldwide, the demands on functionality, safety and the quality of welded components are increasing. The decisive factor for long-term safety is the weld seam and combining welding technology directly with weld seam inspection was the next logical step. ABICOR BINZEL has been setting the industrial standard in arc welding technology and process expertise in both MIG/MAG and laser welding technology, as well as other welding processes, since 1945. Throughout this time, the experts at ABICOR BINZEL have developed expertise for complex manufacturing processes, such as battery trays for electromobility, where different welding processes are used on the same component.


SmartRay’s highly efficient 3D inline inspection system JOSY delivers the highest precision in laser-based weld inspection for this purpose. Numerous leading companies from the automotive industry rely on ABICOR BINZEL for welding technology and on JOSY for the inspection of weld seams. The cooperation is intended to make the combination of the systems even more efficient and to link them in a future-oriented way. All 38 worldwide service and sales companies of ABICOR BINZEL, with a team of highly qualified experts, help through their proximity to the customer using existing experience with laser triangulation sensor technology.


Bernd Lorösch, Business Unit Manager for JOSY – weld seam inspection at SmartRay – said: “We are proud to implement these projects with ABICOR BINZEL. Through this partnership we gain valuable professionals in the field of welding technology who contribute important insights. Furthermore, by networking with ABICOR BINZEL, we can act better and more efficiently for our customers worldwide.” 


On the part of ABICOR BINZEL, CTO Prof. Dr.-Ing. Emil Schubert added: “We are glad to have found the ideal partner in SmartRay as a global technology leader in the field of optical weld inspection, which adds the crucial point of “end-of-line” inspection to our broad portfolio on welding technology and makes us the only full-service provider in welding technology.” 


“The cooperation also adds an important piece of the puzzle to our activities to bring welding technology into the age of digitalisation. We can feed the inspection data directly back into production in order to understand and control the influence of the various process parameters on the welding result even better. In this way, the welding processes of our customers can be optimised sustainably and continuously.”, explained Dr. Andreas Kahn, Director Global Laser and Sensor Business at ABICOR BINZEL.

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