Back to Projects

FIQA, Finish Inspection and Quality Analysis

Surface treatment (production) of commercial (trucks, cars, busses etc.) bodies is highly automated except for the inspection and evaluation of what to repair and adjust. AB Volvo (main applicant) has together with Umeå University and Volvo Cars identified a need for a real-time automated quality inspection and repair system for painted vehicle bodies.

The aim of the FIQA (Finish Inspection and Quality Analysis) research project is to replace the manual inspection, minimize the consequences of defects and to improve the quality of delivered products with an efficient and automated statistical process quality control system.

The proposed project will contribute to the prioritized research area within FFI, “Hållbar produktionsteknik”, Surface treatment and Painting by:

–    reducing the conversion cost of commercial vehicles

–    lowering the environmental impact by reducing the need of repair and adjustments

–    increasing competence within automated statistical process quality control system through knowledge transfer to Swedish industry and academia

–    developing innovative methods and approaches that combine expertise in mathematical statistics, signal and image processing, and manufacturing processes for surface treatment

–    establishing a long-term cooperation between Umeå University and the companies involved
The project will deliver results linked to Swedish automotive industry, method development and evaluation within the area of automated defect detection, automated alarm system and root cause analysis, and results linked to the general task of implementing an automated quality control system.

Project manager

Topics

FFI

Similar projects

Geometry optimized adhesive joining for sustainable production

2013-2015

FFI

"Geometry Optimised adhesive joining for sustainable production” in Swedish (Geometri Optimerad LimFogning för hållbar produktion, "GOLF") is a project within the Swedish research program FFI for Sustainable production. It has as its mission to develop technology and methods to get the right amount of adhesive on the right place. The drivers behind this are the overall strive to decrease weight in vehicles and moving machines to minimize the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.

PADOK – Study Visit to India 2016

2016-2016

2030, FFI

With globalization and other megatrends as demographic changes and climate change, more knowledge is needed regarding production in an international perspective. PADOK Study Visit in India 2016 have given an increased knowledge regarding how production is conducted in India, some of the challenges producing companies in that region is facing and how Swedish companies interested in investing in production in India could act to establish themselves in the region.

Virtual PaintShop – Simulation of Oven Curing

2016-2019

Digitalization, FFI, Simulation

The paintshop is often a bottleneck in production and the processes are fine-tuned based on testing on numerous prototypes. To meet the future demands there is a great need to improve the product preparation process. The aim is to develop methods, techniques and software, and supporting measurement methodology, for simulation of paint curing in IR and convective ovens. The goal is to assist the industry to further develop and optimize their surface treatment to be more energy and cost efficient; to have a shorter lead time in product development; and to give a higher product quality.

Sustainable Manufacture of Future Engine Components

2012-2015

FFI

The project has addressed challenges in casting and realisation of new cast irons with improved properties and machinability, decision making regarding manufacturing strategies and machinability of materials. Silicon-alloyed compacted graphite iron (CGI) has been demonstrated av new alternative for future engine components. New simulation technique for assessing manufacturing strategies has been introduced. Generic know ledge has been developed w hen it concerns w ork material machinability w ith specific reference to combined materials in advanced components.

Emerging digital technologies and their applicability as picking support in materials handling

2017-2017

FFI, Material Handling

In material handling processes, such as kitting and sequencing, which are used in the automotive industry to supply the assembly with a wide and growing range of component variants, the picking information system is central design aspect. Given the developments in digitization, the purpose of this concept study is to evaluate the potential of digital technology to support materials handling work in production systems.

Sintered parts with high static loading capacity

2012-2013

FFI

The project has confirmed the hypothesis that tailoring of the tempering is a functioning means of making PM steel sustainable towards high static loading in potential automotive applications. The project has also developed further understanding about mechanisms that could be responsible for static loading sensitivity with respect to creep/relaxation at slightly elevated temperature. The results relate to sustainable manufacturing processes, the basis being that powder compaction and sintering is an energy efficient way with high raw materials utilization.

Automotive components from renewable resources with good barrier properties and tailored biodegradability, for interior applications

2012-2013

FFI

Our hypothesis is that advanced, lightweight, multi-layer-structured composites with good barrier properties and tailored biodegradability can be produced by combining bio-based thermoplastic with special additives and pulp fiber mats. This material is free from fossil raw materials, sustainable, fire and impact-resistant and suitable for interior components in vehicles.

Streamlined Modeling and Decision Support for Fact-based Production Development (StreaMod)

2013-2017

FFI

The integration of data management systems, simulation software and optimization algorithms have been shown to increase throughput in existing production but also allow expanded use of virtual tools in the preparation phases. This in turn leads to shorter development times for new production systems and products. The project has also contributed to greater understanding and concrete improvements in the processes of collecting and assure the quality of production data. This in turn increases the quality in both simulations and direct data-driven analyzes.

Dense-Arc joining of hybrid thermoplastic composite-metal structures (DENSARC)

2012-2013

FFI

The aim with the project is to test a new method to join thermoplastic composite to metal in a lap joint by using a focused TIG arc, as a heat source, to heat the metal side just enough so that the composite melts and join to the metal. The method gives single sided access, no need for additional filler material and makes invisible joints possible. The objective is to have a joining method that is robust, gives high productivity and high quality as well as cost advantages.

Compact and energy efficient transmissions – control and prediction of functional surface behavior

2016-2018

FFI

The overall objective of the project was to: • Develop simulation methodology for drive simulation of transmissions with given shape, surface topography and surface structure, - for more robust and better prediction of the efficiency and life of gear contacts in gearboxes. • Through experimental evaluation and characterization, support and verify the developed simulation technology • Through experimental evaluation and characterization, further verifying the potential of using the correct surface texture, e.g. honing, and right-handed gear in heavy-duty transmissions.

Project time

2016-2019

Budget

14 555 000 SEK

Partners

Volvo Lastvagnar

Volvo Personvagnar

Umeå Universitet

Funding

VINNOVA FFI – Strategic Vehicle Research and Innovation