Machine Vision Product Inspection Systems

Machine vision is the underlying technology that VAIA utilizes to build many of our systems. According to the A3, (Association for Advancing Automation), machine vision is all industrial and non-industrial applications where a combination of hardware and software provide operational guidance to devices in the execution of their functions based on the capture and processing of images. Typically, this involves lighting to render visible the object to be imaged; optics to focus the image of the object; a camera to “see” the image; an imaging board to capture the image from the camera and convert it into data; and lastly software that is used to manipulate the digitized image to optimize operational decision-making. It is important to note that according to our definition machine vision (MV) is not limited to the factory floor but instead extends to new, innovative applications, which broadens the scope of what has been traditionally referred to as machine vision. Despite this, it must nevertheless be noted that most data collected for the study still represent a traditional, factory-oriented definition. It is expected that – as the machine vision industry increasingly broadens the scope of its activities – the operational definition of machine vision will correspondingly evolve with members of AIA and the MV industry at large arriving at a consensus.

The relevance and applicability of this technology for product inspection has increased exponentially over recent years due to the dramatic improvement in performance and reduction in cost of high power computing, data storage, and associated system components. In addition these technological advances have made big data analytics a very cost-effective extension in functionality for vision systems.

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