The touchless film build measurement technology

Why das-Nano technology?

Volkswagen Group, the world’s largest automobile manufacturer, already uses das-Nano´s technology with its Irys system to measure the multi-layer thickness of its car body coatings.

What does our das-Nano Irys system offer in the automotive industry?

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The images show examples of traditional manual methods that require contact and only measure the total thickness of the whole coating.

Lack of methods for thickness measurement in the automotive sector

One of the problems faced by the automotive sector, as well as others that use multilayer coatings in their manufacturing processes, is that there was no method  to measure the coating thickness that meets all the requirements in an industrial environment. 

They needed a non-destructive, non-contact, fast, robust, automatable system that could measure the thickness of each layer simultaneously and identify defects, work on any type of substrate (metal, plastic, and composite), on flat and curved surfaces, provide real-time data and have a Big Data analysis and visualization platform.

Terahertz system for touchless film build measuring

We have developed a non-contact terahertz system for the measurement of paint thicknesses of multilayer structures in the automotive sector.  The heart of this system is called das-Nano Irys.

How does Irys work?

It is a spectrometer that emits a beam of terahertz waves onto a surface, such as a car body. The beam travels through the material, interacts with each of the layers of paint that cover it, and is subsequently reflected and picked up by a detector. Information about the electrical properties and thickness of each layer of the coating is extracted from the detected terahertz wave.

Irys has great advantages over other solutions on the market. It is a fully automated, fast, and accurate system that simultaneously measures every single layer of a car body coating, regardless of its substrate material. No calibration stops are required during the measurement, which saves a lot of time.

Work has been carried out in different areas and, in particular, in the development of complex algorithms, based on artificial intelligence, to extract thickness values from terahertz waves. Also, optimizing the hardware of the terahertz system to adapt the technology to the specific needs of inline thickness measurement in car bodies

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coating thickness measurement success story

Effectiveness in practice

Irys is the new standard for measuring coating thickness

Inspection of both sides at the same time

  • Reduce reworks & wastes
  • Improve quality control
  • Minimize environmental impact

Irys key features

  • Metallic, plastic and composite substrates
  • Able to measure on wet point
  • Flat and curved surfaces
  • Harmless for humans (non-ionizing)
irys key features

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Our clients are our best reference

Through extensive testing in a production equivalent area, das-Nano has demonstrated a high degree of accuracy for measuring the coating layers of our vehicles. This is a great example of Toyota’s quest for continuous improvement.

Jessie Richardson
Toyota Kentucky Senior Engineer Paint Planning

With previous methods, it was still necessary to make scratch bodies, mask them off and manually measure the layer thickness. So now we have significant time and material savings with this novel system. You get much more information compared to previous systems.

Claudio Sole
Paint Expert at Volkswagen Headquarters in Wolfsburg

Due to the obsolescence of our previous measurement systems, the Wolfsburg planning department and our technology partner das-Nano, decided to introduced an installation based on Terahertz technology. This system allows us the simultaneous measurement of all paint layers in a fully automated way eliminating manual processes.

Frank Uhlemann
Painting Process Planning Manager at Volkswagen W Navarra

Irys system improves the productivity of your painting process:

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