Machine vision system inspects and verifies correct assembly of butterfly valves

When a Tier 1 supplier of automotive exhaust system components turned toward automation for quality inspection, it reached out to Neff Group Distributors to develop a machine vision system that verifies not only the integrity of a specific part, but also its proper assembly prior to shipment. Boards & Software

Unmanned aerial systems: UAS monitors water quality, Intel celebrates anniversary with record-setting drone light show

In this week’s roundup from the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), which highlights some of the latest news and headlines in unmanned vehicles and robotics, learn about an unmanned aerial system (UAS) that will be used to test water quality in Ireland, Intel’s 50th anniversary—which include a record-setting …

VISION-GUIDED ROBOTICS: Intelligent robot performs bridge integrity analysis

After such tragic events as the collapse of the I-35W Mississippi River Bridge in Minneapolis, MN, there has been increased awareness of the need to inspect the structural integrity of bridges throughout the United States. At present, this inspection is a dangerous manual process prone to human error and limited …

Single-link CoaXPress frame grabber introduced by Active Silicon

Featuring a single CoaXPress that supports up to a 6.25 Gbps data rate, the FireBird Single CoaXPress Low Profile frame grabber (1xCXP6-2PE4L) from Active Silicon has been released as a cost-effective imaging board. Boards & Software

Infrared imaging Q&A webcast: Latest applications, technology, challenges

In a free Q&A webcast on August 8, Markus Tarin, President and CEO, MoviTHERM, will answer questions regarding the deployment of infrared imaging technology, including the types of cameras and detectors available and how these can impact system performance, as well as some of the latest products and applications today. …

UKIVA seminars shed light on image processing

Visitors to the October Photonex Exhibition at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK will be able to attend a free series of seminars run by the UK Industrial Vision Association (UKIVA; Wallington, UK). The seminars cover topics ranging from hyperspectral imaging to the use of structured light lasers for profile assessment. …

Deep learning for machine vision training to be offered by MVTec

This fall, MVTec will offer a series of seminars that instruct on the use of deep learning technologies in machine vision applications. Boards & Software

Researches use computer vision and machine learning technologies to predict plant growth

Scientists from the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have utilized computer vision and machine learning technologies to predict and increase in plant biomass. Non-Industrial Vision

Vision guides service robots down into mines

Engineers at Sandia National Laboratories (Albuquerque, NM, USA) have developed a service robot that could eliminate some of the hazards of mining operations by arming rescuers with information that may save lives. Robotics

Embedded vision processor board from Critical Link features dual-side connectors

Offering dual-side connectors for industrial camera designs with advanced image processing requirements, the MitySOM-A10S-DSC System-on-Chip (SoC) embedded vision processor board from Critical Link includes on-board power supplies, two DDR4 RAM memory subsystems, and various user interfaces. Boards & Software

Low-noise CCD cameras from Princeton Instruments feature large format sensor

Targeting applications ranging from astronomy to fluorescence imaging, the back-illuminated SOPHIA 4096B CCD cameras from Princeton Instruments are available in four different options to suit various imaging needs. Non-Industrial Vision

3-D imaging helps Bruno navigate Mars

The autonomous navigation capability of the latest Mars rover prototype developed by Astrium UK (Stevenage, UK) engineers has been demonstrated in a specially constructed mock-up of a Martian landscape.   Robotics

Lower-cost thermal imaging camera for smartphones introduced by FLIR

Designed for attachment to smartphones, the new FLIR ONE Pro LT thermal imaging camera offers many of the same tools and features as the FLIR ONE Pro series, but at a slightly lower price point. Non-Industrial Vision

Data Matrix codes provide positional feedback in vision systems

Engineers at Pepperl+Fuchs (Twinsburg, OH, USA) have expanded the scope of Data Matrix code-reading by developing a camera-based vision system that reads Data Matrix codes to provide positional feedback along an automation system’s path. Robotics