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Benefits of Machine Vision

Vision improves quality and productivity, while driving down manufacturing costs

Where human vision is best for qualitative interpretation of a complex, unstructured scene, machine vision excels at quantitative measurement of a structured scene because of its speed, accuracy, and repeatability. For example, on a production line, a machine vision system can inspect hundreds, or even thousands, of parts per minute. A machine vision system built around the right camera resolution and optics can easily inspect object details too small to be seen by the human eye.

In removing physical contact between a test system and the parts being tested, machine vision prevents part damage and eliminates the maintenance time and costs associated with wear and tear on mechanical components. Machine vision brings additional safety and operational benefits by reducing human involvement in a manufacturing process. Moreover, it prevents human contamination of clean rooms and protects human workers from hazardous environments.

Machine vision helps meet specific goals

Strategic GoalMachine Vision Applications
Higher qualityInspection, measurement, gauging, and assembly verification
Increased productivityRepetitive tasks formerly done manually are now done by Machine Vision System
Production flexibilityMeasurement and gauging / Robot guidance / Prior operation verification
Less machine downtime and reduced setup timeChange-overs programmed in advance
More complete information and tighter process controlManual tasks can now provide computer data feedback
Lower capital equipment costsAdding vision to a machine improves its performance, avoids obsolescence
Lower production costsOne vision system vs. many people / Detection of flaws early in the process
Scrap rate reductionInspection, measurement, and gauging
Inventory controlOptical Character Recognition and identification
Reduced floorspaceVision system vs. operator

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