Articles & News on Vision Systems

Machine Vision sales going up in Germany

  • News

The machine vision industry in Germany will grow in 2014 by ten percent minimum, exceeding the sales forecast of about 1.8 billion euros by the end of this year.

Vision System Automates Mining Bridge Conveyor

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HINZ developed a machine vision system that automatically measures the amount and distribution of potash on a mining conveyor as it is loaded by the bridge conveyor. This information is used by the mine control system to automatically move the bridge conveyor to correct any imbalance.

Ford switches from sensors to vision for body panel inspection

  • Case Study

Traditionally, body panels are inspected by using a robot to present the part to an array of proximity switches. Ford improved on this method by using machine vision. The camera connects to either the robot or the PLC using the Ethernet/IP protocol.

Unico uses wireless ID readers to boost production 40%

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Unico Systems, a manufacturer of home air conditioning and heating systems, uses Cognex wireless handheld scanners to read barcodes on the product, and QR codes on employee badges and assembly stations. Operators now spend less time on data entry tasks and the production rate is up 40%

Integrating Ethernet-Based Machine Vision and Image-based ID Readers into Factory Networks

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By John Lewis, Cognex The need to use PCs to interface with vision systems and ID readers required the purchase of expensive hardware and development of sometimes complex software. A new generation of vision systems and ID readers with built-in EtherNet/IP connectivity streamlines factory network integration.

Vision System helps Exide read battery labels

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Exide had difficulties in reading 2D data matrix codes burned into plastic with a laser burner. The problem was solved by switching to image-based Cognex DataMan 200 readers with 2D decoding software and an EtherNet/IP interface to the PLC.

EVT adds thermal imaging command set to EyeVision 3 software

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With this command set, even complex applications for the thermal imaging area can be solved quite easily.

Keyence vision systems inspect parts at Leatherman Tools

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The Keyence systems replaced hard gauging that Leatherman used for many years to evaluate components for its tools, eliminating cabinets full of hard fixtures built for specific parts.

IMTS show report

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IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 was the fourth largest IMTS in history and the largest six-day show ever with registration of 114,147 representing 112 countries.

Micro-Epsilon measures wheel spinning at 1,100mph

  • Case Study

Micro-Epsilon supplied sensors for a high speed (up to 10,500rpm) wheel spin test, part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project – the 1,000 mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.