4 Use-Cases for Sensors & Vision in Manufacturing

August 17, 2022 by

1. Automated Product Assembly

Manufacturing firms all over the world are rapidly moving towards computer vision-based systems to automate their product assembly process.  Along with ensuring accurate assemblage of the product, the use of computer vision makes the process much quicker and more consistent than when stacked against a human-eyes-only workforce.

This technology involves the generation of a 3D model design using specialized software based on which the computer vision system executes the process of assembly. This process is especially relevant for manufacturing plants dealing with small or delicate parts that cannot be properly managed by hand. The use of computer vision systems can precisely monitor and complete the assembly process with minimal error.  If you're dealing with an assembly application, you can view our Assembly Page for product recommendations and customized solutions. 

2. Real-time Barcode Reading

Today, most products come with a barcode for easy identification purposes. Manufacturing firms need to ensure that the products have accurately printed barcodes prior to dispatching them to the market.  Manually verifying each barcode is a time-consuming affair, not to mention the associated costs of labor which is already something that is hard to find now days.  Even with these manual checks, errors are inevitable. Computer vision systems are a preferable alternative here to recognize accurate barcodes. It can verify multiple barcodes in comparatively less time with high effectiveness.  Such systems can be trained to divert any product with faulty or incorrect barcodes to the manufacturing department for assessment.

3. Detecting Product Defects

The use of computer vision in manufacturing can help detect defective products with remarkable ease.  It can be tough to manually identify smaller defects in the products during the manufacturing process, or even get consistency with some more obvious defects depending on a variety of factors.  Finding and removing these defective units before the shipment goes out the door is critical to maintaining a positive brand and reputation.

Adopting a computer vision system for defect detection can save you from these troubles by efficiently monitoring the manufacturing process to identify defective pieces, without the human error.  That being said, that doesn't mean you have to remove your employee entirely from that process.  They can be repurposed for higher level tasks such as defect analysis or reducing their sample size to only products that the vision system has flagged as defective.  You can visit our Quality Control Page for product recommendations and customized solutions for your application.   

4. Equipment Monitoring and Predictive Maintenance

Manufacturing plants involve specialized equipment for the production of goods.  With regular use, these machines may show signs of wear or even malfunction, leading to product defects and losses which can be costly, and given the crazy lead times that we are seeing now there's no telling when that asset will be back up and running if a new part is needed.

The use of computer vision technologies is much more effective than human observations in detecting such changes in manufacturing equipment.  Such technologies have been used to recognize defects in real-time, even in tiny machine parts. This makes it possible to discover and repair the parts in time which could have otherwise caused the manufacturing process to slow down.

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August 17, 2022
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