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An integral part of quality control processes, inspection ensures that the product complies with agreed specifications. Ideally it is carried out at early stages, before expensive treatments are applied to a defective surface, but this may cause defects which are introduced at a later stage to be missed.

Inspection can be as simple as a visual check of steel surface and edge quality. However, this requires a delay to the production process, and may miss small defects. In addition, a major defect caused by one operation may not be easily detectable after another, making multi-stage inspection important.

An automated web process inspection system can monitor surface condition of steel at various points in the production process without the need to halt production for a visual inspection. This allows production defects to be detected at the earliest stage possible, reducing waste product.
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