Improve efficiency, quality assurance and reduce errors with vision technology systems.
In days gone by vision systems posed problems for manufacturers, as they were difficult to use and expensive to implement. Today we see uptake on the rise, because such technology has become more cost-effective and simpler to implement, allowing businesses to invest in and integrate systems with relative ease.
Modern vision technology systems are able to provide a level of sophistication previously unseen in the manufacturing sector. For example, at Matthews our vision systems are used in a diverse range of industries in order to cater for the inspection, guidance, identification, measurement, tracking and counting of products. Through advances in the visions technology, manufacturing companies can improve efficiency, reduce errors and improve quality assurance in one fell swoop. (See here for nine ways label inspection systems ensure zero-defect labels.)
Basically, these systems are adept at increasing the consistency of the production line because the cameras have the ability to very quickly capture the image of a product and check if it meets the necessary specifications which are set up . If not, the product can be rejected, redirected or the line can be stopped if needed. Additionally, they work to defined standards which eliminate human bias, meaning manufacturers produce perfect packaging and products every time.
Vision systems have benefited greatly from evolving technology such as high-speed cameras and increased bandwidth, which allow for images to be captured and analysed faster. This, in turn, speeds up the entire process without decreasing the quality of the output.
High quality photography helps to provide a more detailed analysis, with several cameras communicating with a range of control panels to provide multiple images of a single product.
This means, 360 degree inspection is possible where several cameras can capture images which are then pieced together. Another option is line scan where several images a few pixels each can be captured and pieced together for a highly detailed image.
Easy to operate
Whereas in the past vision technology systems have required the operation of specialist programmers, today they are driven by icon-based software which makes them easier to run across all aspects of the production line. This means the operator requires little or no experience in programming to drive the system, which provides greater control and can reduce staffing costs.
Advances in software mean typical systems include tools to cater for measurement, code reading and more. This comes in addition to programmes that allow users to create and manage reusable templates for quick editing and development while systems are still online.
Vision technology software can now be integrated into other production software and the quality data can be viewed and analysed in real-time as well as over time. At Matthews, our vision technology systems can be used to increase efficiencies across the entire packaging process. Software such as iDSnet means that if packaging, for example, is incorrect, alarms can be set off to alert operators to allow the issue to be resolved. This highly efficient management process means that problems are picked up in real-time, reducing the requirement for rework and improving the level of process control within the manufacturing facility.
To find out how vision technology can help your manufacturing process, contact us.