If you have a machine vision system that is used in harsh environments there are some things you should have in place for their protection.
Machine vision enclosures are built to protect the system but there are different environmental hazards that will make it essential to find the right solution for your system. In today’s article, this is what our AIS experts are looking at.
We all know that machine vision systems are complex and very expensive so protecting them if they are to be used in harsh environments is essential. This will help with results and your automation. With machine vision enclosures, one size does not fit all and you need to find the solution that is right for you.
How Environments Can Affect Machine Vision Enclosures
Machine vision systems are automated and there are lots of different environments that they can be exposed to. Thermal cameras are crucial assets and they are often used in the steel industry to monitor cooling processes. They are exposed to heat and require the use of an extremely durable enclosure that will withstand high temperatures.
If you are inspecting glass in a cold environment you may find that the temperatures are below the machine vision systems minimum operating temperature and the enclosure you require will be one that will heat the system to the proper temperature for optimal operation.
If you work in the food and drink industry you may find that your machine vision system can be exposed to harsh chemicals and high temperature washing and in this case, the machine vision system enclosure will need to be able to withstand not only high temperatures but corrosive chemicals as well.
The integration of your machine vision enclosure is another aspect and there are different types of stainless steel used often classified with Ingress Protection (IP) ratings. For example, in the food and drink industry machine vision enclosures often have an IP rating of IP65, IP66, and IP66K. Some are also using IP69k which brings in water temperatures and psi flow rates. The integration of your machine vision enclosure requires technical expertise and precise specifications and it is not just about putting an enclosure around your camera system.
Machine vision enclosures are a fundamental part of your equipment and if you require any advice or help with this, our AIS experts are always on hand to help. You can get in touch with us via the contact page of our website for any queries you might have regarding machine vision. It is important to remember, that if your machine vision system is not protected with the right type of enclosure for the industry you work in the quality of the data you receive and the investment you’ve made in your automation can be affected. Don’t risk this happening. Get in touch with us today to ensure that your machine vision system enclosure is the right one for your automation process. Our experts are always on hand to guide you and point you in the right direction. Our website also contains more information about machine vision and what it can mean for your business.