Kitov Launches CAD-based Automated Inspection Tool


June 6, 2022

Israel-based Kitov.ai, which develops smart visual inspection technologies, has announced CAD2SCAN, a CAD-based automated inspection planning tool. The latest feature of the Kitov Smart Planner, CAD2SCAN combines with Kitov’s Smart Visual Inspection and Review Station to automate inspection solutions that are too difficult or time-consuming to manually program and deploy.

“CAD2SCAN represents a leap forward in the planning of visual inspection, especially for parts with complex 3D geometry and intricate inspection requirements,” said Yossi Rubner, founder and CTO of Kitov.ai. “Allowing quality managers to define their inspection requirements directly on the part’s CAD model, simply and intuitively, will save weeks or even months compared to defining such inspection manually. Our software automatically takes all available information from the CAD, including geometric and component specifications, and uses it for the planning of the robot inspection.”

Rubner added that inspection can be optimized because the system fulfills the requirements, guarantees full coverage, reduces the number of images needed, minimizes the total inspection time, and calculates the best viewing and illumination angles for each specific feature of interest. The planner also captures multiple inspection points in a single image when possible, which also reduces cycle time.

Semantic information extracted from the CAD is passed on to Kitov’s semantic detectors, which use the information for better inspection, the company said. For example, in surface inspection, information on material properties, such as surface reflectance, is used to determine the best illumination angles. Other semantic detectors, such as labels, barcodes and connectors can also benefit from relevant semantic information extracted from the CAD model.

“Automatic CAD-based inspection planning is a game-changer for industries that manufacture complex parts and products,” the company said. “For example, CAD2SCAN technology improves the inspection of single-material parts with complex 3D geometric shapes, such as turbine engines, blades, wheels, and metal molding. CNC parts, where it is very hard and time-consuming to carry out full inspection manually, and custom-made or other low-volume parts (such as medical implants or 3D-printed parts) can also benefit from this system, Kitov said.

The new technology is implemented as a plugin to common CAD software systems (currently supported for SolidWorks and Creo), and also supports the evolving Quality Information Framework (QIF) ISO standard, and can parse visual inspection requirements embedded into it.

For more information on the company’s automated inspection systems, visit the Kitov website here.

Robotics World News

  • Phantom AI Raises $36.5M to Advance Autonomous Driving Platform

    Phantom AI Raises $36.5M to Advance Autonomous Driving Platform

    Phantom AI, a Silicon Valley-based startup developing an autonomous driving platform with computer vision, sensor fusion and control capabilities, has announced it raised $36.5 million in a Series C funding round. The company aims to help customers reduce accidents and make everyday driving more enjoyable, while also unlocking what is next in the advanced driving… Read More…

  • Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics Raises $2.2M in Seed Round Funding

    Raise Robotics, which develops robotic equipment for construction sites, has announced it raised $2.2 million in a pre-seed funding round (reported by Construction Dive). The company is currently providing fenestration and mass timber contractors with semi-autonomous equipment that completes bracket layout, installment and verification four times faster than standard methods. “Our mission at Raise is… Read More…

Products for Robots & Cobots

  • Xfuse Launches Phoenix ISP for AMD’s SOMs and Vision AI Starter Kit

    Xfuse Launches Phoenix ISP for AMD’s SOMs and Vision AI Starter Kit

    Xfuse LLC, which develops customizable imaging and video technology, has announced immediate availability of its Phoenix HDR ISP for the AMD Kria K26 System-on-Module (SOM) and the KV260 Vision AI Starter Kit. Designed for AI developers and computer vision engineers that need to capture real-time, data-rich imaging streams, the Phoenix HDR ISP delivers fully-tone mapped… Read More…

  • Sponsored Video: Oriental Motor BLV Series R

    Sponsored Video: Oriental Motor BLV Series R

    Brushless motors are commonly used in AGV/AMR designs for battery-powered, compact, and lightweight equipment movement. To assist with this development, Oriental Motors has created the BLV Series R Type of modular automation compatible products. The new motors provide DC power supply options of 60 W, 100 W, 200 W and 400 W. Features of the… Read More…