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Smart quality control systems in smart factories

Autor artykułu Marcin Malesa

Automation of factory operations gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, where reducing the human factor was a very important aspect. The shortage of production department personnel in the labor market is also significant trigger of the investments in the production automation. The growing popularity of quality control systems is a manifestation of such automation in factories in the spirit of Industry  4.0, in particular the vision inspection systems.

The present and the future in Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 refers to the changes being made in specific industries due to the current fourth industrial revolution. Industry 4.0 is a kind of integration of information technology with industrial technology in companies so that they can operate more efficiently and effectively, while reducing unnecessary costs. By using high-quality innovative solutions, companies can expect high productivity. These solutions are used in almost every sector of the economy. The improvements that are being made, the automation of some of the processes and the improvement of communication between the various departments make it possible to provide services at an even higher level and, most importantly, in less time and at a lower cost.

Vision systems in quality control in smart factories

Automation of factory operations gained popularity during the coronavirus pandemic, where reducing the human factor was a very important aspect. A manifestation of automation in factories in the spirit of Industry 4.0 are quality control systems, especially vision control systems. They are one of the most efficient solutions through the machine vision used, based on modern cameras that observe the product from all sides.

Machine vision is inextricably linked to digitization, automation and the use of new innovative solutions, which are used in various industries. They are great for quality control in the food industry, pharmaceutical industry, packaging quality control and even cosmetics quality control. As you can see, their application is very wide. Factories that use them are becoming known as smart factories.

Vision systems as well as another modern system, such as industrial radiography, make it possible not to engage more employees, which translates into minimized costs, productivity and efficiency. This is because it is possible to create more products in less time, thus taking the company to the next level of development.

Vision systems in quality control are appearing in virtually every industry, but significant is their development in the medical, food and cosmetics industries, where the work of human hands is inadvisable through strict legal requirements and health and safety regulations.

Solutions for smart factories from KSM Vision

The undertaking of transitioning to Industry 4.0 technology must be carefully prepared. Among the first steps taken by a company should be to analyze the current market situation and develop a strategy for further development that is appropriate for the company, then select and procure the appropriate tools and equipment. This seems simple, but it is not always so.

Our company is engaged in the optimization of production processes of existing ones, but also of newly created ones through the installation of vision systems for quality control. KSM Vision’s team designs industrial vision systems from the very beginning in such a way as to help our clients achieve the highest quality production and save time and money.

We have dedicated software and hardware that is based on artificial intelligence methods, neural networks and the aforementioned machine vision. This software is available in a web-based application that allows remote access to databases, analysis and reports.

Vision inspection systems used on production lines allow manual inspection to be reduced to a minimum. This use of them brings many benefits. First of all, it is possible to create more products in a shorter period of time, and thus it is possible to optimize costs and often increase the quality and lifespan of finished products by eliminating human error.

Our R&D on the solutions with the use of neural network potential are backed by our renowned partners: