Applications in Industry Sectors

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Vision systems can be implemented in virtually any industry and applications from one industry are frequently suitable for others. See below for a brief overview of each sector.

Pharmaceutical vision systems (21 CFR part 11)

The pharmaceutical industry is well-placed to take advantage of vision systems. Tight quality control requires that every part is inspected and potentially high volumes and line rates preclude human quality checking. In addition FDA rules concerning the validation of electronic records (FDA 21 CFR part 11) are a particular concern in this industry. MVT has a number of high-profile pharmaceutical customers and is able to supply pharmaceutical vision systems compliant with 21 CFR part 11 regulations.

Vision Systems in the Food and Packing Industries

Food & Packing
Increasing automation in the food (and food packaging) industry has meant that the inspection that was done by end of line packers has disappeared. A vision system can do this and more. Package inspection (including checking date/batch codes and print quality) and other quality checks are high-speed operations that can often be inserted into existing production lines. Peculiarities to this industry include requirements for 'hose-down': MVT can supply vision systems in suitable IP-rated enclosures.

Automotive Vision Systems

The automotive industry is one of the heartlands of machine vision. The widespread use of robots and machined parts means that there has been a large installed base of automotive vision systems. All stages and components can be checked by a vision system, from suspension to dashboard gauges and tyres to interior fittings. Automotive vision systems allow dimensional checks, colour checks, the presence of all components and absence of foreign bodies or mal-formed parts.

Electronics Industry Vision Systems

The electronics industry can benefit from vision systems in a similar way to both the pharmaceutical and print industries. High volumes and high speed production lines make it difficult for a human to check for defects while microscopic details can be verified directly by vision systems. On a macroscopic level, a vision system can check batch numbers on chips, read datamatrix codes, ensure that all components are correctly positioned and no foreign bodies are present, all without restricting line rates.

Production Engineering vision systems

Production engineering is able to take advantage of all of the vision systems tools and products developed for the automotive sector and others. Tools such as dimensional analysis, component presence/absence, position checking, colour analysis and others are all applicable to this industry sector. Contact MVT to discuss your requirements today!

Print Industry vision systems

The print industry has been able to take advantage of ever faster computer processors. Very high speed lines and a highly-automated production procedure makes this an excellent industry for vision systems to make their mark. Print quality inspection is a specialised field previously carried out off-line, now print quality can be carried out on-line allowing a more rigorous inspection regime. See our vision systems services page for explanations of OCR, OCV and print quality analysis.

Robot Guidance and vision systems

Robot guidance is a field in which vision systems are the natural choice. Whereas other sensors can give an approximation of the target environment, vision systems can analyse the whole area. Multiple cameras, or cameras mounted on robot heads, allow the ideal field of view to ensure product position (co-ordinates, rotated angle and scale/distance), identification and freedom from obstruction.