Non-contact extrudate profilometer: introductory paper

Taylor, Reginald and Hancock, Nigel and Tran-Cong, Thanh (1997) Non-contact extrudate profilometer: introductory paper. In: MViP 1997: 4th Annual Conference on Mechatronics and Machine Vision in Practice, 23-25 Sep 1997, Toowoomba, Australia.


A non-contact measurement system has been devised to monitor the cross-section of newly-formed plastic product (extrudate) during mechanical extrusion processes. A laser source is reflected from the surface and the light beam detected such that the position and orientation of a point on the surface is determined. This paper describes the initial development of the profilometer extrudate of square cross-section. Preliminary results are reported which indicate that measurement precision of better than 10 μm is achievable. Developments necessary to facilitate circumferential scanning of the extrudate surface are discussed.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2007 11:55
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 08:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: cross-section monitoring; extrudate profilometer; laser source; mechanical extrusion processes; noncontact measurement system; plastic product
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0910 Manufacturing Engineering > 091006 Manufacturing Processes and Technologies (excl. Textiles)
09 Engineering > 0912 Materials Engineering > 091209 Polymers and Plastics
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1109/MMVIP.1997.625315

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