UK Industrial Vision Association
What is Vision Technology?
You’d be surprised at how often this question comes up. The technology has been around for years, but because vision describes such a wide range of possible applications, it can be easy to focus on a single tree rather than the forest. In the Product Inspection sense, vision technology prevents defective product from being distributed to consumers. That’s the number one, most important function of any vision inspection program. However, vision systems can perform other tasks as well; monitoring excessive defects, providing warnings for when they occur, and giving manufacturers information on how frequently a particular type of defect occurs in a given production run. A Vision Inspection system uses cameras that, unlike humans, are capable of detecting 100% of the defects they are programmed to capture.
Vision Inspection systems function in a fairly straightforward manner:
- The system captures an image of a package on a production line and compares it to ‘ideal’ images (i.e. images of what the correct product should look like). Products that deviate from the ideal are removed from the production line. The image can provide all sorts of data, allowing it to identify:
- Label x & y position
- Label skew issues
- Cap height and skew problems
- Printed text or barcode data
- The number of products in a case or package
Why is Vision Technology important?
There are plenty of good reasons to implement a vision inspection solution of course, but in case you’re not convinced, here are four areas in which vision inspection technology can help your production process:
- Minimizing quality defects
- Protection of consumers
- Protection of brand and reputation
- Adherence to Industry Best Practice and Industry Standards
What’s new in Vision Inspection?
One of the more recent developments in vision inspection has been the ability to inspect labels on round, un-oriented products reliably.
Performing 360° inspection requires a multi-camera system. Cameras are arranged to capture a panoramic view of the product surface, and the images are processed in a way that allows inspection software to treat them as flat images. There are currently two methods for performing this sort of inspection, and depending on the application, one may be better than the other. To learn more about 360° product inspection, click here.
What is UKIVA?
UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA) promotes the use of image processing technology within the UK manufacturing industry.
How to attend the UKIVA Conference & Exibition
You can attend the UKIVA Conference and Exhibition, which is being held on 16th May 2018 in Milton Keynes, UK by registering FREE here.
For more information on 360° inspection, please visit us here.
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