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Surface inspection overview

When it comes to surface inspection, no other surface vision platform available in the market today can offer the robust features, flexibility, and proven quality results found with Cognex. Using our synchronized camera technology, combined with state-of-the art software and lighting, we can capture defect images across multiple inspection angles to deliver unprecedented surface detection, monitoring, gauging, reporting and classification accuracy in real time.

Our easy to maintain modular and scalable platform can seamlessly integrate into even the most demanding production environments. Whether you need a custom or turn-key solution, Cognex can provide you with the best fit to meet both your quality and budgetary requirements – all with a single point of contact. Discover why more and more customers trust their surface inspection to Cognex – the global leader of surface vision solutions.

SmartView – Defect Detection, Classification, Identification, and Visualization

The SmartView™ family of solutions has become synonymous with providing comprehensive inspection, reliable defect detection, accurate identification, and visualization, serving the needs of producers and converters worldwide in many different industries, including:

  • Paper
  • Metals
  • Plastics
  • Nonwovens
  • Glass

Our robust and flexible surface inspection solutions have now become a vital part of the industrial process when it comes to producing, converting, or processing flat goods, helping to increase efficiency and streamline operations, improve product quality, and reduce costs and waste.

No other family of surface inspection solutions seamlessly combines a sophisticated image processing engine, along with the right number of linescan cameras and linear array lights, to produce a game-changing front-end application configuration that provides just the right illumination and resolution to accurately image, detect, classify, visualize, and report defects and process conditions on virtually any flat primary material product such as metals, paper, plastics, and nonwovens.

Within weeks of start-up, our customers can realize faster inspection times with reduced labor requirements from primary material production to converting – all achievable with a solution that is:

  • Cost Effective
  • Easy to Implement
  • Inexpensive to Operate
  • Fully Modular
  • Easy to Scale

From the extreme heat of steel hot mills and casters, to the humid and dusty environment of paper mills, our surface inspection solutions work in a variety of industrial environments.

Designed to meet the needs of every unique customer application, SmartView solutions can be scaled from just one or two cameras on a single process to multiple cameras across multiple processes and tied together via line synchronization technology.

And to take your quality to an even higher level, Cognex provides total vision integration with our SmartView software by offering enhanced packages for web monitoring/event capture, surface texture measurement, web width measurement, digital video recording and playback, detailed grading and decision making analysis, and product reclamation.