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Machine Vision

Benefits of Machine Vision

Vision improves quality and productivity, while driving down manufacturing costs

Where human vision is best for qualitative interpretation of a complex, unstructured scene, machine vision excels at quantitative measurement of a structured scene because of its speed, accuracy, and repeatability. For example, on a production line, a machine vision system can inspect hundreds, or even thousands, of parts per minute. A machine vision system built around the right camera resolution and optics can easily inspect object details too small to be seen by the human eye.

In removing physical contact between a test system and the parts being tested, machine vision prevents part damage and eliminates the maintenance time and costs associated with wear and tear on mechanical components. Machine vision brings additional safety and operational benefits by reducing human involvement in a manufacturing process. Moreover, it prevents human contamination of clean rooms and protects human workers from hazardous environments.

Machine vision helps meet specific goals

Strategic Goal Machine Vision Applications
Higher quality Inspection, measurement, gauging, and assembly verification
Increased productivity Repetitive tasks formerly done manually are now done by Machine Vision System
Production flexibility Measurement and gauging / Robot guidance / Prior operation verification
Less machine downtime and reduced setup time Change-overs programmed in advance
More complete information and tighter process control Manual tasks can now provide computer data feedback
Lower capital equipment costs Adding vision to a machine improves its performance, avoids obsolescence
Lower production costs One vision system vs. many people / Detection of flaws early in the process
Scrap rate reduction Inspection, measurement, and gauging
Inventory control Optical Character Recognition and identification
Reduced floor space Vision system vs. operator

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