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Automatic visual surface inspection is a challenging task, which has become important for quality assurance in the last years. Wire rope inspection is a special problem within this field. Usually, the huge and heavy ropes cannot be detached. Thus, an inspection of the ropes must be conducted, while the ropes are in use. The rope surface exhibits various appearance characteristics so that the existing, purely appearance-based approaches tend to fail. We explicitly integrate information about thedoi:10.1016/j.patrec.2013.01.025 fatcat:q2pr3yguwbedfar5s6za4kkxbe