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Ready meal sleeve and best before date verification

Posted in 2D Datamatrix Reading, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Food & Beverage, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Packaging, Part Identification, Presence/Absence, Video

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Piston Circlip Inspection

Posted in Automotive, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, Presence/Absence, Video

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CAB and Fuse Box Assembly Check

Posted in Automotive, Colour Inspection, Direct Bright Field Illumination, Featured, Inspection, Object Location, Part Identification, Presence/Absence, Video

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Collet Leg Check

Posted in Automotive, Dark Field Illumination, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Lighting, Precision Measurement, Video

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Ceramic Ring Inspection

Posted in 3D Inspection, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, LMI, Other, Precision Measurement, Video

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Assembly verification

Posted in Automotive, Direct Bright Field Illumination, Featured, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, Presence/Absence, Video

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3D Profiling – Aluminium profile

Posted in 3D Inspection, Featured, Inspection, LMI, Other, Video

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Optical Character Recognition (OCR) on difficult characters

Posted in Automotive, Cognex, Featured, Inspection, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Video

The Challenge: To read very badly printed inkjet characters on a production line. The Solution – Optical Character Recognition (OCR): A self-contained, turnkey vision system to read every single...

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Bead Tracking

Posted in Automotive, Cognex, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Object Location, Precision Measurement, Presence/Absence, Robotic Guidance, Video

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Reliably Verify 2D Data Matrix Codes

Posted in 2D Datamatrix Reading, Automotive, Cognex, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection

The industry now has standards to reliably verify 2D Data Matrix codes. What metrics and methods can you use to assess a mark’s overall quality? By Carl W. Gerst III, Cognex Corporation, Senior Director & Business Unit Manager, ID Products INTRODUCTION Conventional bar codes (such as Universal Product Codes, or UPCs) have gained wide acceptance in applications ranging from checkout and inventory control in retail sales to tracking printed-circuit-board serial numbers in electronics manufacturing. To increase the character content and to store the information in smaller spaces, companies have developed two-dimensional alternatives. One of these, called Data Matrix, adopted as a standard, places square or round cells in a rectangular pattern. Its borders consist of two adjacent solid sides (the “L”) with the opposite sides made up of equally spaced dots. This symbology allows users to store information such...

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Verify & Monitor Direct Part Markings

Posted in 2D Datamatrix Reading, Automotive, Cognex, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Part Identification, Video

The Challenge: The customer wanted to read and verify 2D datamatrix codes that have been laser marked and / or dot peened onto the surface onto machined surfaces. The laser marked codes were not too much of a problem as there are no wear parts on the laser marking system. However, the stylus on the dot peen marker wore and as a result the quality of the code deteriorated. All codes marker need to meet at least a grade C on the AIM-DPM standard. Zero defect assemblies are crucial in the process so every code needs to be successfully read, therefore the code quality must meet the standards. When poor quality code is identified an alarm needs to be triggered to prompt the operator to remove it from the line so that the stylus can be replaced and the...

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What is Machine Vision?

Posted in Featured, Lighting

Machine Vision Inspection Systems What is Machine Vision? Machine Vision is an electronic alternative to human or manual inspection that helps companies increase productivity and save money by eliminating defective products with 100% accuracy. The DVT Legend and In-Sight Micro cameras are digital devices that are small enough to fit in the palm of your hand. They are self-contained computers that incorporate a microprocessor and a CCD element that first capture a digital image and then subsequently inspect that image for flaws. Using Windows-based software, features of a product can be evaluated based on criteria such as presence/absence, orientation, size, position, and many other specifications. This information can then be used to either immediately reject faulty products or alternatively instruct robots, HMI/SCADA devices, printers or other machines to perform the next step on a production line. Our camera systems are simple enough for an operator...

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3D Profiling a Concrete Slab

Posted in 3D Inspection, Featured, Inspection, LMI, Precision Measurement, Presence/Absence, Products, Video

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Spot the Difference

Posted in Automotive, Diffuse Dome Light, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Lighting, Object Location, Presence/Absence, Video

See if you can spot the differences between these two images (hint … there’s 5), watch the video for the results....

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ATEX and IECEx Certified Cameras

Posted in Automotive, Cognex, Featured, Medical, Other, Products

ATEX and IECEx certified camera The VisEx camera solution is the only completely ATEX and IECE certified Enclosure and Camera solution available in the marketplace today.  We have designed and tested the enclosure and camera together so that it meets the standards required for ATEX/IECEx certification. Manufactured in marine grade stainless steel and toughened glass, the VisEx camera housing offers excellent environmental protection with protection to IP66/67 as standard. Visex ATEX and IECEx Certified Camera Enclosure The VisEx camera housing is suitable for housing various POE (Power Over Ethernet) camera and vision systems where operation in a Zone 1 hazardous area is required. Some examples of where these could be (and have been) used: Zone 1 areas vision inspection – large quantities of flammable liquids, gasses, ignitable vapour or mist is expected to be present for long periods of time under...

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The ABlux Nimbus Backlight

Posted in Back Lighting, Featured, Other, Products

The ABlux Nimbus backlight Back light illumination: We’ve designed them to meet the luminescence frequencies required for back-lit machine vision applications … at the lowest prices.  The standard dimensions we’ve stated tend to work for us, but alternative dimensions can be made for specifically for you. Luminaire Ratings Ceiling panel lights: The revolutionary way for interior illumination. Due to their extremely thin profile and light weight, the panels can be surface mounted or dropped into existing modular or suspended ceilings. Suitable for use in many applications including zone 2 areas and available in a variety of sizes (Emergency 3 hour duration versions also available). Luminaire Specifications Luminaire Type – LED Industrial & Zone 2 panel luminaire Ingress Protection – IP20 (Panel) IP66 (Driver) to EN60529 Material – Panel: Aluminium frame, acrylic diffuser. Driver: Aluminium enclosure Distribution/output – Internal diffusion reflector. Lamp Types – LED Lamp Cap – N/A Lamp Change –...

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Barbie Vision

Posted in 3D Inspection, Featured, Flaw Detection, Inspection, Object Location, Other, Precision Measurement, Presence/Absence, Video

Get in touch with us to have a look at your vision application. The Vision Projects...

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Saw tooth blade inspection

Posted in Back Lighting, Featured, Flaw Detection, Lighting, Other, Precision Measurement

The Challenge To check saw teeth have been formed correctly, this needs to happen while the blade is moving at a rate of 6m/min. Defects are typically malformed teeth and material cracks. Our Solution We manged to detect all the defects on the saw blades. Additionally, if five appeared consecutively (indicating that there was a problem in the formation tools) the line was stopped. All results are displayed to the operator for analysis, to help determine where the fault...

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Windscreen boss position on glass

Posted in Automotive, Featured, Object Location, Precision Measurement, Robotic Guidance

The Challenge: To ensure the position of a boss on a windscreen is positioned correctly. The system needs to detect the pitch and yaw of the boss which is mounted directly on the windscreen. The boss is the mounting point for the rear view mirror and in car microphone, so its critical that it is positioned correctly.  A tolerance of 0.2mm was needed for its position with an angular tolerance of +/- 2 degrees. Our Solution: The positional data of each boss was relayed to the PLC and screenshot of the results was displayed on the screen next to the production line. The accuracy required was achieved with the machine vision inspection system and it saved a lot of time by eliminating the need for manual / operator inspection. The data obtained from each inspection was also tagged to the job to...

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Food Label Reading

Posted in 1D Barcode Reading, Featured, Food & Beverage, Inspection, OCR (Optical Character Recognition), Part Identification, Uncategorized

  The Challenge: Product information is printed directly onto the outer case of food products as they travel down a conveyor at a speed of 10m/min. The information contains a barcode, the product’s weight, best before dates and the price. All of the information needs to be read and checked against the database and weight sensors situated on the line. Information on the product type is contained within the code, which also needs to be checked. All data needs to be logged in a database located on the network for future traceability. Our Solution: A complete turnkey solution was provided to the customer to be able to read, verify and record the information contained in the printed information....

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Since our foundation in 1967, ABCON has supplied automation controls and sensor technology into most types of manufacturing process and industry sectors. We have always moved with the times, supplying the latest sensing technology as it becomes commercially available. Throughout our history we have continually formed alliances with some of the Worlds leading manufacturers of sensor technology.

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