Automation without machine vision: unthinkable!
Without modern automation technology the economic production of all manner of goods would simply be impossible. For years, imaging and machine vision has been playing a more and more important role: this technology turns "blind" machines and equipment into "seeing" ones and enables applications to be realised which would be impossible to convert to other sensor technologies, or only at great expenditure.
Modern production systems utilise the performance capabilities of automation components such as robots, memory-programmable controls (SPS), sensory technology, handling technology, drive technology and many other elements for safe, high-quality, fault-free and economical production. Image processing, often also referred to as machine vision, has become established in many industry sectors as a high-performance and economical method for automated visual quality control. Even at high speeds and with stringent requirements for accuracy it allows one hundred per cent inspection of the manufactured products and is thus an ideal tool to strengthen the competitiveness of companies.
An important aspect in terms of economics is that products can be inspected optically prior to being finished. These inspections at an early stage in the production process allow timely detection of faults and rejection of faulty parts before they pass through the entire manufacturing process. This avoids unnecessary costs and increases economic efficiency.
The performance levels of imaging components such as cameras, imaging capturing hardware, image processing software and the most commonly used PC systems are increasing continuously. This is why machine vision is permanently attracting new applications in more and more industry sectors and contributing to efficient manufacturing in a major way. Image processing is an integral element of today's automation systems and equipment, one that cannot be done without any more.
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