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Machine Vision Systems: An Introduction

By aisltd, Monday, 24th April 2017 | 0 comments

Whatever your opinion of cameras being everywhere these days, the benefits of captured images in manufacturing for quality control purposes really can’t be ignored.

With the ability to virtually automate a process that has, until recently, been time consuming and expensive, it’s no wonder savvy business owners are turning to machine vision systems for assistance.

Here at AIS Ltd, as experienced providers of machine visions systems, we have put together a brief overview of these systems:

What Are Machine Vision Systems?

Essentially, machine vision systems capture images of items in order to make a decision on the quality of them. It does so by using a combination of computer software and hardware, alongside lighting and cameras.

Once the image has been taken, and has been stored in the computer’s memory, it can then be compared, using an algorithm, to an image predetermined to be of the highest quality. If anomalies or defects are determined, then the decision will be a quality ‘fail’, whilst if the image matches the standard, it would be a pass.

Why Do It This Way?

Previously, quality control was something that could only be performed by humans. With the best will in the world, one person could only inspect so many items themselves.

Therefore, many manufacturers had a dilemna - there would obviously be a larger cost for hiring more staff to cope with inspecting every item, or they would have to choose a sample number of items for inspection, and hope for the best.

Machine Vision Systems takes the guesswork out of quality control, and automates the process. All manufactured products can be inspected, even in hazardous industrial environments. In addition to this, tracking can be automated, as Machine Vision Systems can even be used to read and track 1D and 2D barcodes.

A Million Uses

Machine Vision Systems can be used in many different industries, from transport and logistics, to automotive, industrial and manufacturing. It can be argued that there isn’t an industry that won’t benefit in some way from this technology as we continue to see new and innovative applications. See some application samples here

If you’re wondering if machine vision systems could benefit your business, why not get in touch with us here at AIS Ltd, where we’d be only too happy to explain the process and benefits in more detail.