What Drives a Vision System?
Is it an intense desire to provide quality assurance? A rigid belief in following labeling regulations? Well no, because it is a machine and as such lacks an opinion on regulations. What about a brain hooked up to various wires like some kind of horror film? Maybe a wizard?
As delightful as having a wizard on retainer would be, vision inspection systems are instead driven by software, like most things involving computers. I know, it’s not as cool as a wizard, but it is more reliable and, unlike a wizard, there’s no chance of it asking for a wage, or getting angry at a co-worker and turning them into a toad.
For our PC-based vision systems, METTLER TOLEDO utilizes CIVCore; our internally-developed vision inspection software. CIVCore possesses all the tools needed to successfully manage the operations of a vision inspection system; but what are those tools?
Well, the fact of the matter is that it depends on the application. CIVCore has support for an enormous amount of inspection tools, but not all of these tools are developed in-house. There is no need to reinvent the wheel, and there is, by extension, no need to reinvent a tool that can count discolored pixels on an image.
There are libraries of inspection tools, and in developing CIVCore we went out of our way to find the best tools available so we could integrate them into our system. This allows us to give our customers the tools they need to perform their inspections, without needing to purchase multiple software tools on their own. Instead, everything is in one package with the same interface.
Included in this interface is control of important functions such as rejection systems, the timing of the lights, cameras, and any other functions the system needs to perform are easily accessible to system administrators – and locked up for other users, to prevent any accidental alterations to system settings. All of this is designed to make daily operation of the system as easy as possible – so switching between inspection profiles is a matter of a few touches to the screen.
We are quite proud of the work we’ve done on our software, but there’s always room for improvement – which is why we are releasing a new version of CIVCore, 11.6, which will improve the speed of the program when detecting inkjet print and integrate new tools for fill level detection on opaque containers. You can learn more about CIVCore by visiting our software page, or watch the video explaining the system in this blog.