Machine vision is the use of digital images to automate various industrial applications, including inspection, process control, and robot guidance. The term is most often used in manufacturing, but machine vision technology is also used in high speed printing, security/surveillance and self-driving cars.
In general, machine vision allows manufacturing to take place more quickly, more economically and more reliably than would otherwise be possible.
For example, in electronics manufacture, machine vision may be used to inspect solder joints, in photovoltaics, to inspect semiconductors. In the manufacture of automobiles, it is used to guide industrial robots, then inspect their work in assembly, welding and painting. In pharmaceuticals, machine vision monitors production steps, quality controls, and the proper labeling of products via text and barcodes.
A trade group, the Automated Imaging Association (AIA), has more than 375 member companies from 32 countries, including camera, lighting, and other component manufacturers, software providers, systems integrators and distributors.
Macnica has been a member of AIA and the machine vision industry for many years. We help manufacturers with the intellectual property, hardware and software they need to simplify the development of machine vision products, providing basic engineering so they can focus on the unique aspects of their solutions.
There are a number of standards used within the machine vision industry, all of which Macnica supports.
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