Automation Solutions

Smart Factory Inspection System (SFIS) A Non-Contact Automated Inspection system

cad-comp-1The manufacturing industry has been in need of a fully automated non-contact inspection system. API has developed a solution which enables users to scan reflective surfaces with precision and accuracy over a large working volume. The Smart Factory Inspection System (SFIS) is made up of 3 basic components: API’s RapidScan, a laser tracker, and a robotic system.

SFIS dynamically and accurately controls robotic movement. By combining laser tracker technology with API’s scanning solution we are able to track and verify the robots positioning.

Ideal for automotive and aerospace applications, SFIS is a true 6 DOF measurement system configurable for multiple part sizes (both large and small components) and is applicable in both off-line and in-line inspection.

System Performance

cad-comp-3The unique attributes of the SFIS system are made possible by API’s RapidScan 3D sensor. RapidScan uses ultra-high dynamic sensing and a patented feature detection technology for accurate scanning. It features:

  • Variable resolution (based on needed requirement)
  • Ultra-high dynamic sensing
  • Infra-Red Random Dot projection
  • Subpixel edge detection

These unique features make RapidScan ideal for the scanning of reflective surfaces such as sheet metal, painted sheet metal, carbon composite material and machined parts. RapidScan can compensate for any lighting condition to extract exact features.


Smart Factory Inspection system with RapidScan technology is recommended for Model Based Manufacturing and Inspection.

  • CAD Comparison
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Functional Build
  • Fixture Replacement
  • CMM Replacement
  • Part to Part Comparison

SFIS is modular and configurable to variety of applications in automotive and aerospace industries – from large scale sheet metal parts, plastic parts, polished surface or any texture, metals and composites.

Rapid Measurement

The Smart Factory Inspection System reduces measurement time and increases productivity. Customers now requiring higher shop floor throughput and the speed of the SFIS system delivers the automated inspection solution they are looking for.

SFIS’s simple part programming tool and the integrated user Interface allows for faster shop floor inspection.

  • Automatic Calibration
  • Laser Projection for part alignment
  • “Pass or Fail” Option
  • SPC capability
  • Automatic report generation
  • Optional Probe configuration for internal features

cad-comp-2Flexible Automation

SFIS is a true 6 DOF measurement that dynamically controls robotic movement for preciseness. The system is modular and configurable to variety of applications and scopes, from automotive to aerospace, large scale sheet metal parts to small plastic parts, polished surface or any texture, metals and composites under any lighting condition

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