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What Are Vision Inspection Systems?

POSTED 01/16/2014

Vision inspection systems (sometimes referred to as machine vision systems) provide image-based inspection automated for your convenience for a variety of industrial and manufacturing applications.  Though not a new technology, 2D and 3D machine vision systems are now commonly used for automated inspection, robot guidance, quality control and sorting, and much more. 

What Vision Inspection Systems Can Do

These intelligent inspection systems come equipped with a camera or multiple cameras, and even video and lighting.  Vision systems are capable of measuring parts, verifying parts are in the correct position, and recognizing the shape of parts.  Also, vision systems can measure and sort parts at high speeds.  Computer software processes images captured during the process you are trying to assess to capture data.  The vision system can be intelligent enough to make decisions that impact the function you are trying to assess, often in a pass/fail capacity to trigger an operator to act.  These systems can be embedded into your lines to provide a constant stream of information.

Applications for Vision Inspection Systems

Vision inspection systems can be used in any number of industries in which quality control is necessary.  For example, vision systems can assist robotic systems to obtain the positioning of parts to further automate and streamline the manufacturing process.  Data collected by a vision system can help improve efficiency in manufacturing lines, sorting, packing and other applications.  In addition, the information captured by the vision system can identify problems with the manufacturing line or other function you are examining in an effort to improve efficiency, stop inefficient or ineffective processes, and identify unacceptable products.

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Industries Using Vision Systems for Inspection

Because vision inspection systems combine various technologies, the design of these systems can be customized to meet the needs of many industries.  Thus, many companies enjoy the use of this technology for quality control purposes, and even security purposes.  Industries using vision inspection systems include automation, robotics, pharmaceuticals, packaging, automotive, food and beverage, semiconductors, life sciences, medical imaging, electronics, consumer goods among other kinds of manufacturing and non-manufacturing companies.

Benefits Of Vision Inspection Systems

Overall, the benefits of vision inspection systems, include, but are not limited to, production improvements, increased uptime, and reduction in expenses.  Vision systems allow companies to conduct 100% inspection of parts for quality control purposes.  This ensures that all products will meet the customers’ specifications.  If you want to improve the quality and efficiency of your industry, a vision inspection system could be the answer for you.

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