How to plan your PC-based machine vision system

Nov. 2, 2005
A machine vision system is only as good as its weakest component and only as accurate as the information it receives. This White Paper suggests that spending the time and effort to carefully select and set up the right components will result in a trouble-free and resilient visual inspection system.
Data TranslationWHEN DETERMINING the need for and the implementation of a machine vision system, there are many important factors to consider. Machine Vision systems (also referred to as ‘‘automated visual inspection systems’‘) typically contain a wide array of components that can directly affect the system’s performance. To take full advantage of these powerful systems, and painlessly integrate them into your manufacturing line, it is best to take some time to learn the basics about what makes up a vision system, how it is implemented, and the importance of proper planning.

Machine vision can be used in a wide variety of manufacturing operations where accuracy and reliability are important for repetitive inspection tasks. Some common tasks include: verifying date codes on food packaging, inspecting automotive parts for proper assembly, performing robotic guidance for pick and place operations, verifying the colors of pills used for pharmaceuticals, reading bar codes on parts, and verifying the presence of logos on products.