Vision Systems in Automated Assembly

Automated assembly machinery is one of the greatest modern inventions for businesses. The machines can produce individual parts and completed products at a high rate. Assembly machines have significantly boosted production capabilities throughout the world. One key feature of these devices is their vision systems. There are various types of vision systems in an automated assembly machine.

Vision systems in automated assembly have multiple tasks that they perform. They measure dimensions, count quantities, and inspect for correct assembly and surface damage. They also compete with sensors in applications requiring fast, reliable, and mostly automatic changeover between related products. They typically inspect the marking or printing on containers or other products.

Most vision systems need proper lighting to get reliable results. Additionally, vision systems rely heavily on the quality of the algorithms used for control and analysis. The algorithms determine the time to analyze and manipulate the data.

Vision systems require inspections that need to be performed regularly. If the vision inspection cycle cannot be completed at its allotted time, several other options can be considered. More sophisticated controls can be used, which will allow the analysis to continue during acquisition of the next image.

You can also use two successive stations, each with a camera, for an inspection. Each site inspects every other product. This doubles the machine cycle time for image acquisition and analysis.