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Machine Vision

Components of Machine Vision

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Success of a vision system is dependent on the use of key components

The major components of a machine vision system include the lighting, lens, image sensor, vision processing, and communications. Lighting illuminates the part to be inspected allowing its features to stand out so they can be clearly seen by camera. The lens captures the image and presents it to the sensor in the form of light. The sensor in a machine vision camera converts this light into a digital image which is then sent to the processor for analysis.

Vision processing consists of algorithms that review the image and extract required information, run the necessary inspection, and make a decision. Finally, communication is typically accomplished by either discrete I/O signal or data sent over a serial connection to a device that is logging information or using it.

Most machine vision hardware components, such as lighting modules, sensors, and processors are available commercial off-the-shelf (COTS). Machine vision systems can be assembled from COTS, or purchased as an integrated system with all components in a single device.

The various components of a machine vision system include:

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