Automation

PIA Ningbo workers preparing the production line to make surgical masks

Labs, machine shops, cleanrooms - we need your PPE

The need for PPE increases as the number of cases of Covid-19 escalates, while PIA Ningbo has purchased two abandoned production lines to make surgical face masks

Panelists from left: Christian Vollrath, Wenglor Sensoric; Rainer Schönhaar, Balluff; Peter Keppler, Stemmer Imaging; Andreas Waldl, B&R; and Dr Klaus-Henning Noffz, Basler

Vision not intuitive enough, say experts at SPS

Anne Wendel, director of VDMA Machine Vision, reports from SPS 2019 in Nuremberg, where vision system simplicity was discussed

Electric dreams

As car makers install production lines for electric vehicles, Greg Blackman looks at how vision is currently used in their factories

AIA elects new board members

David Dechow (pictured), Edward Roney, Ghislain Beaupré, and Jeremy Bergh have been elected to serve two-year terms on the board of directors of AIA, the Association for Advancing Vision and Imaging

Parameters​ ​of​ ​3D​ ​sensing​ ​techniques​ ​in​ ​a​ ​nutshell

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Machine vision is one of the driving forces of industrial automation. For a long time, it’s been primarily pushed forward by improvements made in 2D image sensing and, for some applications, 2D sensing is still an optimal tool to solve a problem. But the majority of challenges machine vision is facing today has a 3D character. From well-established metrology up to new applications in smart robotics, 3D sensors serve as a main source of data. Here, we discuss the parameters of 3D sensing techniques.

Forward-looking factories

Greg Blackman gets to the bottom of Industry 4.0, and asks how machine vision will fit into the factories of the future

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