Düsseldorf  /  October 19, 2022  -  October 26, 2022

K Fair 2022

Worlds Leading Trade Fair for Plastics

Website K-fair 2022

Hall 7 / Booth SC01

»K« is the leading business platform for the plastics and rubber industry. At this leading global trade fair, representatives of industry and research from all over the world present their innovations, perspectives and solutions for the future.

Gamechangers such as the circular economy and digitalization find a platform here to master global challenges sustainably and to shape the future successfully.

Our expert  Dr. Joachim Jonuscheit, deputy head of the department »Material Characterization and Testing«, will represent our institute on site. The terahertz measurement technique will be presented as a means for non-destructive testing and paint thickness measurement on plastic (-pipes) and paints.

Visit us at the Fraunhofer joint booth: Hall 7.0, Booth SC01!

Digitalization of Production: Paint Thickness Measurement on Plastics

The digital transformation has also long since arrived in the plastics industry. For the manufacturing industry with its large production systems, digital networking has been practiced for some time. 

The Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Mathematics ITWM in Kaiserslautern is developing terahertz systems that are used, among other things, to measure coating thicknesses in industrial environments. The measurement of coating thicknesses, e.g. of paintwork in the automotive industry, is an important part of quality control in production.

The cobot-based inspection system of the Fraunhofer ITWM is suitable for inline inspection as well as for automated laboratory inspection tasks. In the latest version, the terahertz coating thickness measurement system is combined with a collaborative robot, or »Cobot« for short, for simplified integration into the working environment.

In addition to coating thickness measurement on plastic, this system is also used for inline and offline coating thickness measurement of multilayer plastic products such as pipes, hoses or films.