Product quality is a very important aspect in every manufacturing and/or assembling process, as customer satisfaction is directly related to the quality of a product. To ensure that products meet certain quality standards, different visual inspection systems and applications are used.
Benefits of visual inspection systems
“In-process inspection” refers to inspections made at any point along the production process. This is done to check the parameters within each stage of the manufacturing process and to see if they are compliant with the specifications and with the industry standards. These “in-process inspection” procedures ensure that product quality is being met before any operation is done and moving on to the next stage.
If until recently the approach to quality control was to perform measurements on a part using conventional instruments such as rulers, calipers, micrometers, and different types of sensors, the industry is now oriented more towards using automated vision inspection systems when possible, which enable performing visual inspections without stopping or even touching the product during the manufacturing process.
The ability to identify any problems within the manufacturing process allows us to solve the issue at an early stage and prevent the production of defective parts, thus reducing the overall costs of the product.
Based on this observation, it is essential to continuously monitor the manufacturing process, as any misstep could result in faulty products.
Automated visual inspection
Automated vision inspection systems can be integrated with almost any manufacturing process and incorporate acquisition devices or cameras, computers, image processing software, and handling equipment.
Applications of vision inspection systems include:
• Presence/Absence detection of part
• Defect detection
• Automated vision test & measurement
• Pattern matching
• Vision guided robot
• Part verification (orientation, function, dimension, finished part features)
• Optical character recognition & verification (OCR/OCV)
• Color verification
• Barcode reading and traceability
How can SEE Engineering help you?
SEE Engineering offers turn-key integrated visual inspection solutions based on several types of vision inspection systems that involve the applications mentioned above. These visual inspection systems cover various ranges of capabilities which make them suitable for specific applications.
If you have already decided on a certain vision inspection solution, we also offer vision systems integration services, as our skills and knowledge cover most vision inspection solutions.
Don’t hesitate to contact us for any visual inspection system-related needs.