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Machine Vision Blog: Sensors, Systems, and Software

Regardless of your level of knowledge or expertise with machine vision technology, there are always new things to learn. Cognex has been the industry leader and a thought leader in machine vision technology for over 30 years and continuously pushes the envelope on what's possible for companies that want to eliminate defects and drive down costs. Check this space frequently for new insights and revelations on how you can use machine vision technology to make your products faster, better, and less expensively.

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John Lewis
 
09-15-2014   John Lewis’ Machine Vision Blog


To get this blog rolling, I thought I’d ask you, the folks interested in machine vision, what you might want to see me write about. While working on my writing plan and shaping my ideas, I’ve come up with a few questions for you

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John Stamos
 
02-20-2014   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


At Cognex customer Rommel GmbH, there is no room for error on the smallest parts Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
11-12-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


Make sure the gauging tools in your machine vision system meet your vision application requirements Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
11-05-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


Get a handle on PatMax and see your application challenges in a new way Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
10-29-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Vision sensors on the production line help food and beverage manufacturers save time and money

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John Stamos
 
10-22-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


Machine vision systems featuring OCR tools help ensure product quality and safety Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
09-24-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


3D machine vision helps auto manufacturers take production to the next level Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
08-21-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


For machine vision practitioners, using image pre-processing is as much art as it is science. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
08-13-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


The best machine vision system on earth is not going to get you the inspection and defect detection results you need if you are not capturing good images. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
08-06-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


Learn about the six fundamental parameters of machine vision optics and make more effective lens choices.

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Samantha Frost
 
07-30-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


If you consider optical filters before you design your inspection application, you can save yourself a great deal of time and trouble later on and get the most from your vision system. Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
07-23-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Vision sensors with measurement tools on a production line are critical to flawless part inspection, improved quality control, and reduced production costs Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
07-18-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Join me on August 6 at 2pm ET to learn how to create 3D solutions for your real-world inspection challenges. Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
07-09-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Watch as I show you how the DS1100 uses displacement technology to detect DOT ID codes and other images on an automobile tire and read them with OCRMax, the optical character recognition from Cognex. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
07-02-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


3D machine vision technologies have matured to the point that they can be a game changer for automotive manufacturing. But for most stakeholders there is still some work to do to help 3D machine vision achieve its full resource-saving potential Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
06-25-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


I take a stab at answering this question here. Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
06-18-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


At Maclean Vehicle Systems, the Checker vision sensor’s ability to inspect parts accurately has eliminated part sorting headaches on their production line Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
06-11-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


You may not need a machine vision system that operates on a line featuring temperatures of 300°C (572°F), but here’s a story about one company that uses an In-Sight vision system to perform measurement inspections within a threshold of ±0.04mm in exactly these conditions. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
06-04-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


When you need an optical character recognition (OCR) tool on your production line, look for one that is robust enough to overcome the challenges associated with non-standard printing, software, and hardware challenges. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
05-28-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


Serialization and traceability standards around the world are getting tougher and the stakes are getting higher. Machine vision systems on your manufacturing and packaging lines ensure packages are being coded properly. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
05-22-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


If you are interested in learning how optical filtering can help you improve the performance of your machine vision applications quickly and affordably, then this webinar is for youRead More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
05-21-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


Don’t fear color inspections!  A camera featuring a Bayer filter is a cost-effective way to get your machine vision system to perform highly effective color applicationsRead More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
05-14-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


If you want to see a vision sensor in action, watch this brief video where I show you how easy it is to use Checker on your production line.

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Bob Tremblay
 
05-07-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


The ability to inspect multiple features on a part is a principal differentiator that vision sensors hold over photoelectrics. Find out how Checker easily performs inspection and defect detection functions and eliminates the need for costly fixturing in your inspection process. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
04-30-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


Machine vision can be challenging, machine vision visualization should not be. Acquiring, setting up, and using a machine vision visualization solution on your production line requires no special knowledge or training and the benefits are huge. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
04-23-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


There is more to color inspection applications for machine vision than meets the eye.  Familiarize yourself with a common but often overlooked pitfall affecting color applications and avoid inspection problems on your production line. Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
04-09-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Vision sensors are targeted toward presence/absence applications requiring a simple go/no go answer and they can be configured and deployed by factory floor personnel in minutes Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
04-02-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


I am thrilled to tell you about the auto-tune feature of the OCRMax™ optical character recognition software tool. Now, in a single step you can automatically find the segmentation parameters and then train characters regardless of text skew, variable string lengths and other challenges of human-readable text applications. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
03-21-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


I am so happy to be able to share the news that we now have a larger, faster version of our VisionView industrial operator panel. The VisionView® 900 model is also easier to use with In-Sight® vision systems and DataMan® barcode readers and requires no training or software knowledge. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
03-13-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


On April 3 at 2pm EST I will host a free webinar where you will not only learn about the capabilities of monochrome and color vision systems when used with color applications but you will also see the benefits of using each. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
03-05-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


In-Sight 7000 features autofocus and integrated lighting and optics, making it an ideal choice for high-speed industrial inspection, defect detection, and measurement applications. Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
02-27-2013   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Vision sensors inspect for the presence of multiple part features, even features that you simply can’t detect with traditional photo eyes. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
02-20-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


OCRMax on an In-Sight vision system enables alphanumeric code reading at the highest rates and the fastest speeds. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
02-13-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


What do Cognex customers demand from machine vision systems? Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
02-07-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


Employing the right lighting is often the difference between creating a reliable, repeatable application and one fraught with challenges. Read More...
  

Samantha Frost
 
01-31-2013   Samantha Frost, Product Marketing Specialist


Choosing a vision system that meets your needs and budget can be intimidating. There are several critical factors you need to consider to ensure a successful deployment. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
01-22-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


While part location sounds simple enough, locating parts in an actual production environment can be extremely challenging. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
01-15-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


If you’re like most manufacturing professionals you know that machine vision would help make your production lines more efficient, but you may not understand how to get a machine vision that fulfils your goals. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
01-08-2013   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


It makes sense to buy from a vision system vendor that offers a complete family of compatible accessories. Read More...
  

John Stamos
 
12-26-2012   John Stamos, Product Marketing Manager


To evaluate industrial code reading tools, start by measuring the vision system’s reading speed. Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
06-01-2012   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


This week, Cognex released SensorView® 2, a new smart display for Checker® vision sensors Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
12-09-2011   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Vibratory bowl feeders are the most common devices used in Factory Automation to feed individual components into an industrial assembly line.   You will find them in many industries such as automotive, pharmaceutical, electronics, and packaging. 

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Bob Tremblay
 
11-17-2011   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Vision technology can be used in the packaging industry for inspecting products for the presence of caps and safety seals; measuring the heights of vial stoppers, determining presence and straightness of labels, and ascertaining bottle fill levels. Read More...
  

Bob Tremblay
 
09-22-2011   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


As the product manager for Checker, I am often asked the difference between a vision sensor and a vision system. Vision sensors bridge the gap between photoelectric sensors and vision systems. Photoelectric sensors have been around in factory automation for

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Bob Tremblay
 
08-30-2011   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


Effective color lighting and filter technology turns your ordinary vision sensor into a Super vision sensor. With the right lighting and filters, your vision sensors create stronger image contrast resulting in more consistent and accurate optical inspection results. Visible colored

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Bob Tremblay
 
07-28-2011   Bob Tremblay, Product Marketing for Vision Sensors


A few years ago I took the role of Product Manager for Checker which allows me to focus my energy on product strategy, markets and our customers.  And our Marcom department has asked me to start writing this blog so I can share our success stories and tell you about all the great things vision sensors can do. Read more... 

 

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