Machine Vision – Manufacturing Systems for the Future
You might think that AI and IoT are nothing more than fancy catchphrases for people in Silicon Valley as you look out over the manufacturing floor from your office. You might think that machine vision has something to do with enhancing the video games your teenagers are glued to through their smartphones
Think again if you’re a supervisor, manager or anyone who holds the reigns in a manufacturing environment.
An Integral Part
Machine vision is an integral part of the manufacturing systems you’ll need for the future and to a large extent, today. It uses one or several cameras to analyze and inspect products automatically, find improvements and/or errors and tweak the manufacturing process.
Most of the systems being used have the same mix of camera, image processor and light source. The technology is being used for automatic inspection and analysis in manufacturing.
Here’s everything that you will need to know about how tomorrow’s technology intersects with present business needs.
What It Is
This is all about the intersection of IoT and AI. That’s the Internet of things and Artificial Intelligence for those of you who came to this blog wondering about Indoor NEMA 12 Enclosures and their ratings instead.
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How It Works
There are several different elements that come together to make machine vision work. First and foremost are what’s called smart cameras. Not only do these return images but they can bring back data results because they use low-power processors.
In a way, the technology behind this part of it is the same that satisfies consumer’s drive for smaller and smaller computing devices.
of the most important parts of the system is the user interface that
incorporates the software. Long story short here is this is what your operator
will work with. Right now, that includes what’s called human to machine interfaces
for workers checking items in places like food processing plants as produce is
In the future, experts are predicting technology will advance far enough you’ll be able to pick up a part by simply moving your hands in front of a screen.
Trends That You’ll Need to Watch
If you think you’ll be able to get by without at least taking notice of what this technology can do for your bottom line, consider some statistics. Statista reports that the market size for machine vision was $20.3 billion USD in 2017, up from $9.9 billion USD in 2008.
Automation and more specifically, digitization, is a juggernaut that keeps rolling forward. One of the most interesting things about machine vision and other technologies like it is the fact it’s scalable. Whether you’re a big operation or a smaller shop, you can generally find the technology that suits your business budget.
There are a few trends that you’ll need to keep your eye on if you’re watching the growth of machine vision. Like most artificial intelligence-based tools, the applications for machine vision are widespread. Still there are some very specific predictions that you’ll need to watch for this year and beyond in manufacturing.
The Industrial Internet of Things
The drivers of growth in today’s manufacturing environment go well beyond the products you sell and the marketing you buy. IoT and AI technology are also connecting information and production technology together in factories. Under the banner of this new industrial Internet of things, machine vision will be relied on more and more to collect valuable information. NEMACO™ is dedicated to making sure each and every one of our clients get a complete solution that complements the digital age. As companies automate and digitize, we can complement their efforts with Custom Enclosures that work perfectly with your system automation control needs.
Bin Picking and 3D Imaging
Machine vision is a link in the chain of manufacturing automation that’s poised to pick up speed in 2019. The technology has been used for quality inspection control for a number of years. However, 3-D sensors are moving machine vision up to the next level. The latest technology in the area is making it suitable for bin picking. The current 3-D systems are capable of recognizing parts in large volumes. Robot handling is allowing for accurate orientations when it comes to stock and artificial intelligence is allowing for part selection that’s autonomous.
Whatever the future holds when it comes to machine vision or any other technology that increases ROI while lowering costs NEMACO™ will be right at you side. We provide a full range of outstanding NEMA electrical enclosures, junction boxes and cabinet solutions.
Complimenting Your Business Goals
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