Fully autonomous production is no longer an illusion. Thanks to extremely precise optical sensors boosted by embedded computing power, machines are now able to produce top quality at record speed.
Industrial production is becoming ever faster, more flexible and self-governing. This puts very high demands on reliable item identification and quality inspection. As these tasks must be performed in a split second, it all comes down to smart machines. The human eye is simply not fast or focused enough. Luckily, industrial robots equipped with smart and precise computer vision are ready to take up the challenge.
When quality is key
Machine vision technology has been around for decades, ever since robots and other machines were equipped with cameras. Today, machine vision systems are frequently used in assembly processes, autonomous vehicles, food production, item packaging and logistics – even to enhance medical examinations.
The systems are nowadays digitally advanced with high-resolution lenses, extremely sensitive sensors and fast-switching LED lights. With the help of 3D technology, they can perceive the depth and different angles of an item and detect deviations down to the nano millimeter level. When equipped with infrared radiation functionality, the systems are able to create thermal “heat maps” to scan and identify items. The cameras and sensors are complemented by software solutions that capture data and use it to make decisions and instruct the hardware.