Quality control and process automation
for composite production
for composite production
for automated fiber composite production
With the Apodius Vision System 2D Apodius offers a modular, production integrated inspection system for composite structures. Besides a production integrated quality control the Apodius 2D supports process automation.
Planning and quality evidence
of your measurement processes for production control
Apodius is your competent partner in planning of measurement processes and control loops within industrialization and automation projects in your composite production.
Industrialization with Apodius
for the future of the fiber composite lightweight construction
Apodius knows the characteristics of composite material precisely and supports your industrialization projects with measuring and inspection technology for quality assurance and direct process improvement.
With measuring technology for FRP to industrial success
High component costs so far prevented the breakthrough of fiber composite materials in series production. In addition to the fibers themselves manufacturing processes currently used are responsible for most of the component costs. The basic requirement for significant cost reductions is to further automate processes that have been derived from the common manual production for small series composite products. Apodius pursues the goal to provide the necessary measurement technology for automated fiber composite production and thus replace the current manual operations by capable processes. Our customers have already been experiencing today, that in addition to the reduction in their cycle times, especially reproducible component quality and thus the scrap and rework rates are minimized. Upon reaching stable processes a consistent lightweight technology becomes possible – the previously required over-dimensioning of components can be reduced. Last but not least lead raw material and time savings to an immediately more efficient production.
Apodius at Automatica in Munich
Thank you for visiting Apodius at Automatica 2018 in Munich. As a specialist for measuring technology Apodius GmbH presented its new application, the Apodius HoleInspect System for the first time. The innovative sensor system for fast and high precision drill hole measurement was demonstrated mounted on industrial robot at this year’s exhibition for automation technology and robotic systems.
The Apodius HoleInspect System allows the simple and highly accurate measurement of drill holes and is mostly used for large area components in the Aerospace Industry. The system is composed of a sensor as well as the associated Apodius Explorer HoleInspect software, which are both developed by Apodius. These two components are supplemented by a LEICA Absolute Tracker and the LEICA T-Mac to allow an automated and highly accurate measurement of position and diameter of drilled holes.
Apodius at Control in Stuttgart
Thank you for visiting Apodius at Control in Stuttgart. At this year ‘s international trade fair for industrial quality control, Apodius presented the latest features of the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System. Through the feature „actual to nominal value comparison“ it is possible to scan a perfect component and store it as a reference. Afterwards further component parts can be scanned and then be compared to the reference component. The Apodius Explorer 3D measurement software thereupon determines possible differences in fiber orientation and geometry.
The HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System, also called Composite Inspection System, is the result of the collaboration of Apodius and Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence. Therefore, the sensor system can be attached like an external laser scanner or a tactile probe to any ROMER Absolute Arm and enables full digitization and measurement of three-dimensional component parts made of carbon or glass fiber. In this way detailed information about surface texture, component geometry and product and process quality are determined.
Apodius at JEC World 2018 in Paris
Thank you for visiting Apodius at JEC World in Paris. For the first time, the new system Apodius Binder, capable of quantifying the distribution of binder material as well as determining the sinter degree of textile products, was introduced. Furthermore, Apodius presented its T-Ap.odius Drillhole system – a fully automated application designed to accurately measure the dimensions of drill holes as well as their exact position on cured FRP parts.
Additionally, Apodius introduced its systems Apodius ContInspect and Apodius AFP. With its ContInspect solution, Apodius offers a fully automated quality assurance system for continuous textile production. Apodius ContInspect allows for a complete two-sided surface inspection and automatic defect detection of composite raw materials.
The Apodius AFP system is a quality assurance system that has been specifically designed for automated fibre placement processes. The combination of a Leica T-Scan and a HP-C-V3D enables precise real-time defect detection as well as accurate positioning of defects and features.
Apodius at Students on Snow in Landgraaf
Thank you for visiting Apodius at Students on Snow – Euregio 2017. Courtesy of the annual international career event at the indoor ski center in Landgraaf, Apodius was able to present the company’s expertise to about 200 students as part of a ski and snowboard event.
Being a young and innovative company from the economic Euroregion Maas-Rhine, Apodius presented its Apodius Vision System 2D for local fibre orientation measurement and defect detection of textile semi-products and preforms to students from Aachen’s surroundings over the course of the full day event. The event, which has been designed as a networking-platform, enables young professionals to engage in networking opportunities with company representatives in a casual and sporty manner. Students and company representatives get to know each other during winter activities on the skiing slope, and already commenced conversations as well as discussions on career opportunities can be continued at the following career fair.
Apodius at JEC Asia in Seoul
Thank you for visiting the Apodius booth at JEC Asia 2017 in Seoul. At this year’s trade fair for composite materials specifically dedicated to the Asia-Pacific region, Apodius presented its Hexagon in-house collaboration with e-Xstream Engineering, a part of MSC Software Corporation, in order to further process real measurement data in terms of industry 4.0.
On the one hand, the cooperation of both Hexagon subsidiary companies enables a verification and evaluation of conventional draping simulations, which are based on idealised material models. On the other hand, with the use of the HP C V3D Apodius Vision System the time-consuming simulation process can be avoided. The obtained geometry and 3D fibre orientation data can be used immediately as input parameter for a finite element analysis (FEA) in Digimat. This solution allows to predict a parts performance with an, to this date, unmatched precision, since defects and manufacturing errors are considered in the calculations. Furthermore, the inaccurate CAE step, in which assumed 3D fibre orientations are used as a foundation for the finite element analysis, can be omitted. This results in faster and more precise conclusions.
With its simulation software Digimat, e-Xstream Engineering offers a modelling solution specifically designed for the application on composite materials. In combination with the HP C V3D Apodius Vision System deviations between simulated and measured 3D fibre orientations can be visualized immediately. This results in a precise feedback loop for the product design process as well as a real-time stiffness calculation / simulation in Digimat.
Apodius at Composites Europe in Stuttgart
Thank you for visiting the Apodius booth at Composites Europe in Stuttgart. At this year’s exhibition, Apodius not only presented its innovative VR-Application as well as the production integrable Apodius Vision System 2D, but also an updated version of its HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System. Due to further software optimizations this composite inspection solution has experienced yet another leap in performance, especially in terms of real-time image processing. Thus, an even quicker and at the same time highly accurate measurement process without the need for preparation is now possible. This makes the system perfectly suited for small-batch as well as large-scale composite manufacturers.
In addition, the development of the new material configurator has been completed just in time for the product’s launch in the Chinese market. With this new feature, it is now possible for the first time to select default settings to measure glass fibre semi-finished products as well as adjust sensor settings to one’s needs. Furthermore, multiple fibre orientations can now be captured and measured during the analysis of each component.
Apodius at Control in Stuttgart
Thank you for visiting the Apodius booth at Control in Stuttgart. Apodius presented an updated version of the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System, which was launched in Europe at JEC World 2017 as well as in the South Korean and Japanese market. In addition, the redesigned and re-engineered Apodius Vision System 2D was exhibited. The system now includes new reference setting and homogeneity measurement features.
Apodius’ newest innovation - the Apodius Virtual Reality real-time application - was also displayed. It integrates the entire part digitalization and texture analysis process into virtual reality (VR) by combining a simulated ROMER Absolute Arm with its real position in space including all real physical axes rotations. As all virtual objects are displayed in the VR glasses, for the first time it is now possible to see what is measured without needing a display screen.
Product launch of the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System
The first ever system dedicated to carbon fibre part applications, the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System is set to revolutionise portable composite part inspection and analysis. With its advanced camera-based vision system and software designed specifically for composite component analysis, the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System delivers unmatched defect detection and full-part digitization for carbon fibre components.
Apodius Explorer 3D is an innovative and intuitive real-time software solution designed specifically for handling the unique challenges of composite scanning. The three-dimensional scanning capabilities of the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision Sensor allow for complete surface texture mapping and the automatic acquisition of full-part geometries for composite components and products. The HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System makes measuring and analysing the quality of carbon fibre components more straightforward and portable than ever before.
Apodius at JEC World in Paris
Thank you for visiting the Apodius booth at JEC World in Paris. Apodius launched the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System, which provides economic hedge for small-batch as well as large-scale composite productions by offering new flexibility in 3D digitalisation and defect detection. For the first time ever, Apodius augments two-dimensional surface texture information by adding spatial part information and thereby allowing a complete digitalisation and analysis of FRP parts.
The geometrical attributes of the part are measured by an integrated laser scanning sensor, which is part of the ROMER Absolute arm, and a point cloud is generated, by means of which the geometry of the part can be measured. For the following optical imaging of the surface structure, a specifically configured camera system with high-performance LED lighting is applied, which ensures high quality images. As a whole, the image and geometry information assemble a digital model of the part.
Apodius at Composites Europe in Düsseldorf
Thank you for visiting the Apodius booth at Composites Europe in Düsseldorf. Apodius presented the prototype of the HP-C-V3D Apodius Vision System, which provides economic hedge for small-batch as well as large-scale composite productions by offering new flexibility in 3D digitalisation and defect detection. This system on a new carrier broadens the scope of the known Apodius product family by adding new dimensions of safety, user-friendliness and flexibility.
By combining a ROMER Absolute Arm with a measuring system that is based on the Apodius Vision System 2D, Apodius implements synergy effects, which allow the best possible use of the complementary characteristics of both systems. The ROMER Arm, with its precise position and alignment accuracy, serves as a global reference system, with which the positional relation between part, arm and sensor head can be clearly determined for every position in space.
The product launch is planned for the 14th of March 2017 at JEC World in Paris.
Apodius at Experience Composites in Augsburg
Thank you for visiting the Apodius booth at Experience Composites in Augsburg.
Apodius presented new solutions for three-dimensional part digitalisation such as the innovative AVS 3D PORTABLE as well as the hand-guided AVS 3D COBOT. These AVS 3D systems on new carriers broaden the scope of the known AVS product family by adding new dimensions of safety, user-friendliness and flexibility.
The AVS 3D PORTABLE allows the user to digitalise and evaluate every part geometry and carbon fiber surface in order to measure fiber orientations and detect defects without the use of robots and their time-consuming offline programming.
The collaborative AVS 3D COBOT system not only guarantees a safe cooperation between humans and robots, but also increases the measurement quality due to its self-aligning functions and high accuracy.
Quality in automation drives productivity
A global future for apodius with hexagon
With the acquisition by Hexagon AB Apodius GmbH guarantees its customers the metrological development of the successful AVS sensor family and a worldwide growth strategy. In this the daily business is continued as before and will be expanded globally.
Apodius Co-CEOs, Alexander Leutner and Jonathan Roberz, are sure, “Providing highly-accurate positioning data, Hexagon’s solutions fit perfectly to our sensors. Furthermore, joining Hexagon is a great opportunity to bring our technology to composite production lines all over the world.”Read the details
Apodius on JEC World in Paris
Winner of JEC Innovation Award: "Apodius Vision System for 3D Composite Inspection
Apodius was able to prevail the competition proclaimed by JEC and wins the for the composite industry most important innovation award. The AVS 3D convinced the jury in the category "Quality Control" regarding all selection criteria, eg. technical excellence, exemplarity of the chain of partners, market potential, and originality. The JEC innovation program takes place for already 17 years and is a highly regarded awards program. Among a total of 1,800 participating companies worldwide, Apodius is now one of 177 winning companies that have proven their capacity for innovation through significant developments.
Product innovation AVS 3D
Apodius introduces the innovative measuring system AVS 3D, which enables the complete digitization of large preforms and components for analysis measurements. Captured geometries are wrapped with the component's surface texture. Fiber orientations are calculated, compared with reference values and color-coded in case of deviation.
Press release AVS 3D,
Product information AVS 3D.
Successful presentation at JEC in Paris
Honouring for product and company concept of Apodius GmbH
The business concept of Apodius GmbH wins the 'Prepare Award 2015!' inline with the motto: From the idea to market.