Multimodal spectrAl control of laSer processing with cognitivE abilities


MAShES proposed a breakthrough approach to image-based laser processing closed-loop control. Firstly, a compact, snapshot, and multispectral imaging system in the VIS/MWIR spectral range was developed. This approach enabled a multimodal process observation that combines different imaging modalities. Moreover, it enabled an accurate estimation of temperature spatially resolved and independent on emissivity values, even for non-grey bodies. Secondly, a fully embedded approach to real time (RT) control was adopted for efficient processing of acquired data and high speed -multiple inputs/ multiple outputs- closed-loop control. Thirdly, a cognitive control system based on the use of machine learning techniques applied to process quality diagnosis and self-adjustment of the RT control was developed. As a result, a unified and compact embedded solution for RT-control and high speed monitoring was developed that brings into play: - The accurate measurement of temperature distribution, - The 3D seam profile and 2D melt pool geometry, - The surface texture dynamics, and process speed. MAShES control act simultaneously on multiple process variables, including laser power and modulation, process speed, and spot size. MAShES also delt with usability and interoperability issues for compliance with cyber-physical operation of the system in a networked and cognitive factory. Moreover, standardisation issues were addressed regarding the processes and the control system . MAShES system was designed under a modular approach, easily customizable for different laser processing applications in highly dynamic manufacturing scenarios. Validation and demonstration of prototypes of MAShES system were done for laser welding and laser metal deposition (LMD) in operational scenarios at representative end-user facilities.

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Duration: 36 months
Start date: 01-12-2014
End date: 01-12-2017
Number of participants: 11
Total budget - EC contribution: 3673157 Euro - 3673157 Euro
Call topic: Process optimisation of manufacturing assets - Research and Innovation Actions (FoF.ICT.2014.1.a_R&I)
Instrument: Collaborative project (generic)