Machine vision systems are advancing year on year but for those who don’t know, machine vision is classified as a technology and method used to provide imaging-based automation inspection and analysis.
It is used to automate inspections, used for robot guidance, and in a number of industries around the world.
In our machine vision guide for 2020 we are going to look at a number of different elements including how machine vision is different from computer vision, how machine vision works, what the advantages are, and the different application areas.
Machine Vision Compared to Computer Vision
Machine vision is used to automate the control of different machines in different industries. It often includes computer vision which is technology that allows images to be processed and understood. An industrial robot might be equipped and programmed to detect faulty products. Computer vision will be used to identify the visual defect but it is machine vision that will allow the robot to identify defects and remove them from your production line.
How Machine Vision Works
There are three steps to how machine vision works.
Step 1 is image capturing.
This is where vision sensors, digital cameras or infrared cameras are used to capture the image. The hardware of your machine vision system captures the image and then converts it into digital information.
Step 2 is processing.
This is where the digital information is analysed using the right image processing algorithms. This can involve the removal of noise and enhancing contrast.
Step 3 is action.
This is where your machine vision system instructs your hardware what to do with the digital information that has been extracted in the previous steps.
How important is Machine Vision?
For industrial companies that want to achieve increased automation and efficiency within their industry, machine visions systems are excellent. With increased technological advances over the past decade there are more cheaper and accurate machine visions systems available and the rise of deep learning machine vision products mean more and more companies are investing in machine vision systems so that they can deliver the bests results at a fraction of the cost and time once required.
Advantages of Machine Vision
There are a number of advantages to using machine vision systems. This includes:
- Machine vision systems allow manufacturers to complete production processes faster and more flawlessly.
- Machine vision allows for a higher rate of automation.
- Machine vision systems allow for fast and high quality production control.
- Defective parts can be identified quickly using machine vision.
- Errors are reduced by using machine vision systems.
- Inventory control is easier with machine vision systems. Products can be controlled during the storage and distribution phrases.
- Machine vision systems can have predictive maintenance features built in to tell you when maintenance is required so you don’t have to wait for a breakdown to occur.
For more information about machine vision and the systems that are available for your company, get in touch with one of our AIS experts today.