Industrial Vision Systems (IVS), a supplier of machine vision systems to industry, has today launched a free downloadable guide explaining and reviewing vision systems and machine vision. The new ‘Vision to Automate’ guide is designed to support and direct UK manufacturers who are looking to adopt smart factory systems such as robotics, vision systems, automation, and machine learning.
With manufacturers desperately keen to resume some normality when it comes to production post-COVID-19, this 32-page premium guide reviews the basics of machine vision and vision systems, including components, applications and return on investment. ‘Vision to Automate’ also drills down into how an automated factory floor can increase productivity by improving processes, provide greater flexibility, and increase the volume of parts. This, in turn, reduces costs through a reduction in re-testing and labour.
IVS is already witnessing an increasing number of factory floor managers looking to increase the number of collaborative robots operating side by side with human workers post-lockdown, to ease fears of picking up infections. ‘Vision to Automate’ explains how this crucial human-robot collaboration will support the flexible production of highly complex items in lower quantities.
The guide also dissects automated bin-picking robots, which allows vision and robotics to operate autonomously picking product from bins and totes to load machines, bag products or to produce sub-assemblies. This is an area which IVS believes will become common across factory floors as workplaces evolve post-lockdown.
Earl Yardley, director at Industrial Vision Systems, comments: “The key for us is to outline the basics. What is machine vision? How does it work? What can it be used for? ‘Vision to Automate’ answers those questions. Forward-thinking businesses are leveraging automation to support their organisation, and I believe we will continue to see critical changes to working practices and automation deployment. This will create new opportunities across manufacturing within many industry sectors. This includes cutting edge production ideologies with vision robotics and an increasing ability to reduce human to human contact with the deployment of autonomous robotics. We see a growing demand for vision-guided robot systems to maintain production capacity and reduce dependence on the human workforce which will further drive the adoption of flexible manufacturing for generations to come. Removing operators from some production operations will allow factories to reopen with reduced human to human contact, increasing yield and protecting the rest of what is likely to be an anxious workforce.”
Download for FREE via the IVS homepage.