Elodie Ghestem

Digital Marketing and Communications Manager at Corematic

Firms and Industries have started to understand the huge potential of MV Systems, particularly in areas where redundant tasks, such as inspection, need to be performed with seamless precision. Just like other tech, machine vision can free up valuable employee time by performing repetitive, time-consuming tasks!

Machine Vision Systems are accelerating.

While Facebook and Google are spending a fortune on machine learning – a technology capable of adapting on its own through historical data; Machine Vision Systems (MV) are way more complex than that.
In an industrial world, Machine Vision, which supports machine learning and AI, elevates the industrial setting to the next revolution by offering a set of tools that provide manufacturing firms and businesses unprecedented opportunities to conduct low-waste, high-efficiency industrial activities.
In Europe, companies everywhere are exploring the benefits that Machine Vision brings, especially in the automotive, machinery, and agricultural engineering sectors.
When it comes to innovation, machine vision is one of the most technically advanced solutions for nations that seek to increase productivity and national income while developing new products and services capable of creating new business models, jobs, and opportunities.
With the overall production growing at a steady rate, the demand for machine vision is expected to be influenced over the coming years, supporting market growth. These new opportunities will appear everywhere and Australia must make the most of it!

First of all, what is Machine Vision and how does it work?

Technically, Machine Vision Systems rely on a combination of hardware (camera, lights, lenses, a computer, screen) and software (image processing algorithms, pattern matching algorithms, AI) to acquire, process, analyse and measure various characteristics for decision making on industrial and non-industrial applications. Machine Vision systems are used in industrial automation, IoT technologies, security, and vehicle guidance. The secret of having a good machine vision system is ensuring all components are perfectly suited to working together, not simply ‘compatible’. When this is achieved, it is possible to automate complex or mundane tasks that previously required visual inspection, and precisely guide handling equipment during product measurement, assembly, or sorting.

What are the advantages of Machine Vision?

The advantage lies in the number of application possibilities you have once vision is available. To understand better, pretend you were born without sight and that suddenly you can see! Now you have a heap of new possibilities to explore! From a technical perspective, it gives access to information that other sensors cannot give.
We are using Machine Vision to help businesses prevent parts damage and eliminate the maintenance time and costs associated, benefiting our customers in wide range of industries from agriculture to biopharma, smelting to construction. One of our latest technologies, TallyOp, has combined vision systems and sensors to manage risks and increase productivity.
Here at Corematic, we create complex systems that use vision systems and machine vision to help businesses find features in their respective environment. For Boyne Smelters Limited, our experts developed a scanning system using 3D modelling to identify and classify defects on aluminium billets, assisting operators in the rejection process. Through a combination of a three-dimensional image with the use of LiDAR camera, and a unique software platform, the company can now see any defect in its entirety, in ultra-high definition, even when less than a millimetre in size!

 

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What does it mean for human beings and everyday routine in business?

The major advantages of MV are to increase productivity and provide high flexibility in the production process by both improving the quality control (QC) inspection phase while increasing the accuracy and speed of automated material handling equipment with machine guidance systems. Machine vision makes sensors throughout the IoT even more powerful and of greater use. Instead of providing raw data, sensors deliver a level of interpretation and abstraction that can be used in decision-making or further automation.
From the first stand-alone proprietary box modules to the modular vision and 3D displacement sensors, Machine Vision Systems have evolved tremendously, they are now widely used for performing non-contact optical sensing, to analyse and interpret parts of real-world models.

How can businesses capitalise on and maximise the benefits of Machine Vision?

Machine Vision isn’t just about the overall comprehension of the system and how those critical components interact with each other – Machine Vision is also about the fine details, the expertise of each component in the system interacting together to work reliably and generate repeatable results.

Machine Vision brings value to Industries.

Being in the field collaborating directly with clients and partners, we are witnessing a huge positive impact on companies in which we work every day.

By using Machine Vision at its highest level of complexity we can:

  • Prevent parts damage and eliminate much of the maintenance time and costs associated with wear and tear on mechanical components.
  • Bring additional safety and operational benefits by reducing human involvement in the manufacturing process – Moreover, it prevents human contamination of clean rooms and protects human workers from hazardous environments.
  • Provide businesses unprecedented visibility of their operations from top to bottom. Businesses can have their eyes everywhere, even when they’re strapped for resources or labour!

Here is the thing – Industrial Vision Systems now offer greater robustness, reliability, and stability, and typically (the cherry on the cake) cost much less than those used previously in governmental/military applications. Therefore, industrial Machine Vision implies low cost, acceptable accuracy, high robustness, high reliability, as well as high mechanical and temperature stability.

So, what’s next, and what we should bet on for the next couple of years?

Machine Vision unlocks economic value

It has been a popular concern that advancements in robotics will take jobs out of industries along the way. While there are some risks, with forecasts of 40% of jobs potentially being displaced, it’s not clear that this will be a lasting effect over time. The World Economic Forum has actually suggested that while automation technologies including artificial intelligence will displace many jobs globally, even more roles may emerge as companies adapt to a new division of labour, with the potential for additional 58 million new jobs created by the end of 2022.
Will your business benefit from all the advantages of Machine Vision?
Find out by shooting an email to info@corematic.com.au.