The need for inspection
For a company that manufactures products at a massive level, it is imperative to verify the operation of all products, not only to avoid waste but also to ensure that customers receive a better and quality service. Traditionally, most of the detection was done through human efforts, but that could only be applied at a very small level. When a company is producing thousands and millions of products, detection by human means is simply not feasible. In addition, a human being can not detect all small defects, such as cracks, etc. To solve this problem, industries are now adopting visual inspection systems that can not only improve the quality of inspection but also offer a good overview of the production line and classify defects collected for further reference.
How do visual inspection systems work?
They are based on industrial cameras that contain digital sensors that acquire images for software and computer hardware to analyze, process and measure all the features and then decide whether a product is completely in shape or not. They also calculate objective measurements, such as holes in electrical outlets, or level of drinks in bottles, etc.
The main components of the visual inspection systems are:
Lights: to illuminate the part to inspect. It is essential to focus on a certain character so that the cameras can capture it.
Lens: the lenses are designed to capture images and present them to sensors. The sensors convert the images into digital images that can be processed to analyze them.
Processing of the vision: they consist of certain algorithms that review the image and carry out the necessary inspections to decide if a product is good or if it has defects.
To achieve accurate and reliable results, visual inspection systems include artificial intelligence to make quick and accurate comparisons between the stored training pattern and the actual products.
Benefits of visual inspection systems:
They are excellent for quantitative measurement due to their accuracy, speed and reliability. Using high-resolution cameras and optical sensors, they can obtain even those details that are normally too small to be seen by the human eye.
They also prevent damage and completely eliminate the cost and maintenance time required for wear and tear and other scratches on mechanical components.
They reduce human participation and, therefore, guarantee operational safety in the manufacturing process. They also prevent humans from being exposed to dangerous environments.
They can be easily and quickly adapted to different production environments.
Workers and servers that are far away can also program and operate these systems.
They completely surpass other inspection systems when it comes to maintaining the consistency of the inspection.
The adoption of visual inspection systems can also cause customers to relax, as they can trust that they will not receive products with quality problems.
No inspection system is as infallible as a visual inspection system, which can be adjusted to all types of production environments to provide the best results on production qualities.