Machine Vision in the Automotive World
For many years, the automotive industry has been using machine vision within its production lines. From automation of parts required at a certain point to the inspection of the goods and welded joints, they have required robust, reliable, and powerful solutions to maximise their production capacity. Standardisation of interfaces has played a great part in the integration of machine vision with computer vision which has allowed cameras on robotic arms to multitask in different areas, from determining positions, planning picking process and quality inspection.
Recently there has been a movement towards 3D visual technology using multiple cameras, allowing work to flow better. This increased use of camera technology and machine vision software has reduced the downtime in a manufacturing environment, by using intuitive sensor detection coupled with forward-thinking to detect and review the field of motion a person is moving, in relation to the machine. The robotic arms can continue to work in the presence of a person and only stop if the machine and person are expected to cross.
Vehicle Visibility Aids
Machine vision is also being used in the farming industry to help with crop monitoring and disease protection as well as crop picking. New studies are being carried out to see if delicate crops such as cherries, grapes, tomatoes or strawberries can be picked using machinery, which identifies the ripe fruits and harvests them without the potential damage that can result from picking by hand.