The hottest new era of machine vision

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The new era of machine vision

machine vision is no longer a strange term for China's manufacturing industry. As we all know, machine vision was introduced into China more than 10 years ago, but its products and technology have been difficult to popularize for a long time. With the vigorous development of China's manufacturing industry, the machine vision industry has passed the initial period of development in the Chinese market. After a period of promotion, machine vision has been gradually known by the majority of customers, and the scope of application has also begun to expand. The large-scale application fields have gradually expanded from the initial electronics, pharmaceutical and other industries to packaging, automotive and other fields, and there are also many applications in transportation, printing and other industries

on the one hand, China's manufacturing industry is facing various challenges due to the intensification of global competition and the rise of China's labor costs and raw material costs. In order to compete in the world market, the manufacturing industry cannot always rely on cheap labor, and must achieve high efficiency, high productivity and high quality. In order to achieve this goal, China's manufacturing industry must constantly improve detection methods and means, so that products can reach a new level in quality and accuracy, which is also the development opportunity of machine vision products

on the other hand, although the growth rate of China's machine vision is much higher than that of China's overall automation market, China's machine vision market is still in its infancy. Machine vision products have been applied in many industries, but the proportion is still not high. With the improvement of China's supporting infrastructure and the accumulation of technology and funds, the demand for industrial automation and intelligence using image and machine vision technology will widely appear in all walks of life. The "analysis report on the development prospect and investment forecast of China's machine vision industry in" released by the forward looking Industry Research Institute believes that the market scale of China's machine vision industry will continue to maintain stable growth in the next few years, and is expected to reach nearly 3.8 billion yuan in 2016

based on this, at present, China is becoming one of the most active areas of machine vision development in the world, and its application scope covers almost all industries of the national economy. Machine vision is ushering in a new era

convenience and flexibility to meet demand will be the key to competition

at present, machine vision is gradually developing in an open direction from simply collecting, analyzing and transmitting data and judging actions in the past. This trend also indicates that machine vision will be further integrated with automation. The first is the integration of automatic recognition and vision technology. In order to make users have a simpler and more convenient user experience when using, the software and hardware platforms need to be more integrated and advanced in machine vision solutions. At present, the difference between machine vision hardware products is gradually narrowing, and the real difference is more reflected in software

in terms of machine vision software platform, maxken obviously has unique advantages. Maxken's autovision technology aims to provide customers with reliable and efficient detection and identification tools while simplifying the setup and use of machine vision applications. For more complex applications, autovision can be upgraded to the visionscape platform of maxken. This hardware compatible, software only upgrade mode helps users save time, energy and money when dealing with the increased application demand in the process of use. In addition, because autovision adopts a general software architecture, its support range extends from smart cameras to PC based vision system applications within the hardware product line of maxken. Whether it is the autovision platform or the visionscape platform, software based solutions will naturally provide users with easier access to the flexibility of application side configuration

Cognex launched visionpro software, which combines the power and adaptability of advanced programming and has a simple graphical programming environment. Its powerful and widely validated visual tool library allows complete hardware independence and flexible selection of cameras or image capture cards

the development trend of machine vision is also reflected in flexibility. Nowadays, clients have increasingly complex requirements, such as visual inspection, defect detection, surface inspection, which can help them achieve the expected product performance requirements. How to solve these application problems at different levels through the same machine vision platform and reduce the purchase cost of users is an important topic of machine vision flexibility. Maxken has an overall solution from one-dimensional code, two-dimensional code to vision technology, and has a history of more than 30 years in the field of bar code recognition and machine vision business. Starting from customers and the market, maxken has realized the integration of bar code recognition and machine vision technology, without more capital investment and personnel training, providing convenience for customers

it is worth noting that nowadays, the development momentum of smart camera products is very rapid, and machine vision manufacturers are competing to launch smart camera products. Li Zhiyong, business development manager of vision technology of baomeng Electronics (Shanghai) Co., Ltd., introduced in the interview that baomeng not only provides smart cameras, but also provides complete end-to-end solutions based on smart camera hardware platform. The verisens series of smart cameras of baomeng are widely favored for their friendly user interface, powerful functions, safety and reliability. Among them, XF series smart cameras have rich functions and are suitable for complex detection tasks; Using Fex LOC technology, powerful 360 target recognition can be achieved; Coordinate conversion can be carried out by correcting perspective distortion and lens distortion; With user-defined processing interface and flexible result connection; It has user level and password protection functions to prevent unauthorized changes. XC series smart cameras can choose their lenses freely because of the use of C-mount and modular light source system; At the same time, it does not need an external strobe controller to operate normally; XC series smart camera also has a comprehensive software package with lighting control; What is particularly worth it is that it also has CCD sensors with accuracy of 0.3mp, 1.2mp and 2MP respectively

an important role of machine vision is to promote the improvement of industrial automation level, which is the driving force of the current domestic machine vision market, and the demand of users is undoubtedly the most decisive factor for the popularization and development of machine vision. It can be seen that the development of diversified performance is the future path of machine vision according to the needs of customers

widely used in the industry, leading the growth potential in emerging markets

in foreign countries, the popularity of machine vision is mainly reflected in the semiconductor and electronic industries, of which 40% - 50% are concentrated in the semiconductor industry, such as circuit board printing, electronic packaging, SMT surface mounting, electronic circuit welding, etc., as well as in the Chinese market. The main reason is that its special industry needs, such as the accuracy, speed and other requirements in the production process of product components, make users in the semiconductor and electronic industries have a deep understanding and demand for the importance of machine vision system. This field is by far the largest market in machine vision

because the machine vision system can quickly obtain a large amount of information, it is not only easy to process automatically, but also easy to integrate with design information and processing control information. Therefore, in the modern automatic production process, machine vision system is widely used in the fields of working condition monitoring, finished product inspection and quality control. With the rapid economic growth, the application of tracking and tracing technology in the manufacturing industry has become a trend. Manufacturers, including end consumers, put forward urgent demands for product quality and safety monitoring. With the increasing trend of machines every year, vision has moved towards a broader application field, and new application opportunities continue to emerge in many industries, such as automobile, packaging, medicine, food and beverage, textile, tobacco, transportation, logistics and so on

for example, in the Solotex extremely soft material industry of food and beverage emperor Fulite, in recent years, due to the continuous emergence of food safety problems, the government has successively issued relevant regulations requiring tracking and Traceability Technology in all links from production, manufacturing, circulation to consumer purchase. According to Li Zhiyong, the application of visual products in the food and beverage industry requires that visual products can be accurately, accurately and quickly implemented to meet the high-speed production line. At present, baomeng visual products have been successfully reflected in the functions of light inspection, freeze-drying inspection, label printing and cutting positioning, bottle positioning before labeling, liquid surface tension detection, packing/handling, comprehensive label detection, ocr/ocv combination detection, pull ring detection and bottle pouring detection

nowadays, on the basis of more and more mature applications in traditional industries, there are more and more demands for machine vision in emerging industries, such as robot vision system, which is currently more active in the market. In the past few years, the sales volume of industrial robots in China has increased at an average annual rate of 25%, becoming one of the most watched markets in the world. In the future, the development trend of robots will be from simple industrial electromechanical equipment to intelligence. Machine vision technology enables robots to recognize the surrounding environment through images, make corresponding judgments, and control the behavior of the system according to the set rules. In addition to positioning the parts taken and placed or guiding the robot to assemble components, the machine vision system can also inspect and measure the products while processing or assembling them, and read the relevant information codes (such as one-dimensional code and two-dimensional code), so as to realize the robot's more accurate positioning, grasping, cutting and other processes. Machine vision is the eye of robot, which will effectively complete the signal acquisition and front-end processing of robot, so as to provide basis for the realization of intelligent judgment and control operation of robot. Although most enterprises are only in the stage of R & D and attention at present, with the continuous development of the two technologies, the combination of robot and vision technology is bound to be closer, and the markets of the two will be more vigorously promoted and supported by each other at that time

at present, the development of machine vision is facing not only the challenges brought by the short-term uncertainty of the economic situation, but also the future prospects with huge market potential. However, there is reason to believe that machine vision will usher in new opportunities and challenges in the constantly advancing Chinese market

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