Multi-material design, e-mobility, autonomous driving: In the fast-changing automotive sector, quality assurance must keep up with the new challenges. Just like the industry, Comet Yxlon systems are evolving constantly.

Supporting changing demands in quality control

In the automotive sector, quality assurance has always been extremely versatile due to the variety of components. With the shift towards new drive systems and connectivity, the complexity of this task has increased even more. Comet Yxlon supports automotive manufacturers and OEMs in their aim to produce highest quality products in the most cost-efficient and sustainable way – and to prevent rejects before they occur.

Applications of industrial X-ray in automotive

  • Metal casting
  • Electronics
  • E-mobility
  • Tires

X-ray and CT inspection of metal castings, vehicle electronics, and tires

Classic applications of X-ray technology in the automotive sector include metal castings, such as engine components and chassis parts, but also electronical and electromechanical components, such as sensors and control devices, and tires.

CT scan of an engine block
A stator placed into the Comet Yxlon UX50 high-power CT system

The e-mobility challenge: bigger parts, multi-materials

The transition to electric mobility presents the automotive industry with various challenges:

  • Castings are becoming larger and more complex to reduce assembly steps
  • The need for weight reduction leads to the use of new materials such as carbon fiber-reinforced plastics
  • Electrification requires fewer, but oftentimes multi-material components (aluminum, plastic, potting compounds, copper, steel)
  • Battery cells, battery modules, and complete battery systems become critical components

The solution: CT systems for in-line and at-line testing

Comet Yxlon offers highly precise CT systems (e.g., for prototype and pre-series development), which reveal the internal structures of a part without destroying it. From initial sampling to inspection during production, industrial CT opens up excellent possibilities: While R&D labs benefit from the flexibility of the FF20 CT, FF35 CT and FF85 CT systems and their outstanding precision and accuracy, the universal inspection systems UX20 and UX50 for use in production environments bank on the easy, intuitive operation and mechanical robustness.

Using automation to streamline inspection processes

Due to its high volumes, the automotive industry is strongly production-driven and subject to price pressure. Comet Yxlon systems use automated inspection processes to reduce complexity, such as: creating automated test reports, recording dimensional accuracy and image quality, or facilitating user-independent inspection decisions with computer-aided evaluations, also known as automated defect recognition (ADR).

Automotive quality solutions: radial tire inspection

Today, hundreds of Comet Yxlon inspection systems are integrated into production lines worldwide to inspect components fully automatically, both castings and tires. Just one example: The in-line inspection system MTIS is the most successful X-ray inspection system for radial tires and gathers valuable data from each tire for statistical process control and feedback to production.

In-line tire inspection with Comet Yxlon MTIS