High-quality inspections of products have an essential role in a successful manufacturing operation, but finding effective ways to perform them can be a challenge. Manual inspections are time-consuming and often limit inspections to only a small representation of a run. Furthermore, inspectors may not perform checks consistently every time. They can become distracted by issues that arise throughout the day, or they may start a shift fresh but end up missing smaller defects as the day goes on.
Machine vision gives machines, robots and autonomous devices the ability to see, detect and analyses images automatically, which can provide automated product quality inspection from the manufacturing floor, to warehouse fulfillment, to the distribution center. Our modern machine vision systems leverage three technologies to perform better, faster, and more cost-effective quality inspection – these are smart cameras, artificial intelligence (AI), and edge computing.
There are numerous examples of how smart cameras, AI, and edge computing together create machine vision AI systems that enable efficient, accurate quality inspections.