Surface inspection

In a surface inspection, the visible shell of an object is inspected. Here, irregularities on the surface are to be found, such as dents, cracks, scratches, dents. Also color changes and flat changes in the surface structure due to dirt or corrosion should be found.

Surface inspection is used in industries that manufacture products where aesthetics are important, such as stainless steel kitchen lines, or car bodies. Surface inspection is also used in sheet metal and steel fabrication where surface defects can lead to strength reduction. In metal welding, surface inspection is used to assess the quality of the weld and the strength of the joint.

Surface inspection can ensure important quality characteristics of the starting material in the run-up to product manufacture and thus avoid expensive rejects of end products later on.