With increasing automation of many different types of production capabilities across a wide range of industries, the speed and quality of production can be increased. With robotics or automated systems, the issues with human error and variables can be completely eliminated, which not only speeds up production but it also cuts waste costs for Minnesota OEMs and contract manufacturing companies.

Tracking and Inspection Made Easy

Inspection of products, barcode product recording and tracking, and even quality monitoring has traditionally been completed by workers. However, with the slower speed of human operators compared to the automated production systems, bottlenecks and limitations occur in this area.

To work around this, companies have developed technology that can provide these services. Known as machine vision systems, they incorporate sensors, cameras and digital imaging software to be able to “see” and store anything that is viewed through the system. Fully automated and able to differentiate from quality and substandard product based on the images, they are an effective option for any manufacturing or processing facility to consider.

How They Work

Most machine vision systems are incorporated into the production line. They include a smart camera, which is able to acquire the image, digitize the image and then process it for transmission. In addition, these systems include different options in lenses, image processing software, light sources, specific hardware to read and transmit as well as actuators that are triggered by the system to pull out or remove defective or out of compliance types of products.

As with all automated systems, setting up the machine vision systems is a critical factor for success. By working with quality parts and components and developing a system that is customized to the needs of your Minnesota business, these can be a time and cost-saving addition to any production line.