An Automated calibration set up for laser beam positioning systems in visual inspection applications

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2013
Kiraz, Ercan
In this study, a calibration setup for laser beam positioning systems used in visual inspection applications in industry is designed and manufactured. The laser positioning systems generate movable parallel laser lines on the projection surface. There are several translational and angular error sources affecting the positioning accuracy of the laser lines on the projection surface. Especially, since the laser line positioning error caused by angular error sources increases with the distance between the laser system and the projection surface, angular parameters of the laser sources should be measured and adjusted precisely. The calibration setup developed in this study detects the laser line positions at two different projection distances by means of laser sensing cameras which are positioned precisely along the laser lines and laser positioning axis which is perpendicular to these lines. Cameras detect the positions of the laser lines which are directed to the camera sensors with micrometer repeatability by means of some special imaging algorithms. The precise positioning of the cameras requires a special camera positioning system. For this reason, the disturbances like temperature changes and vibration should be minimized. In order to provide a suitable environment for the calibration system, special tests are conducted and a special calibration room is constituted. Construction inside the room is also made by considering the required ambient parameters. Finally, several verification tests of the calibration system are conducted.
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E. Kiraz, “An Automated calibration set up for laser beam positioning systems in visual inspection applications,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2013.