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New Season, New Premises

As pleasant as it was in our previous location by the sea in Lymington, we rapidly outgrew the building and so took the opportunity of the 'quiet season' in the summer to relocate.To be frank, where we are now is less of a holiday destination and more like a busy…

Large Flatbread Inspection

A vision system is required to inspect large sheets of a hard flatbread product, post baking and before it is cut into the retail size. The product is on a wide conveyor so a series of cameras are required to monitor several conditions.The ScopeThe vision system's job is to inspect…

3D Coat Hanger Recycling

Sorting coat hangers using robots is no mean feat. Anything with hooks attached to it adds a serious level of difficulty to any automation task, nigh impossible some would argue.However, we have developed a robotic coat hanger picking system with our machine building partner. The remit was to inspect and…

Labelling Cheese Wedges with a 3D Robotic Labeller

We're involved in quite a few innovative projects, many of which we are bound to secrecy over. However, good fortune would have it that our end customer, Long Clawson Dairy, was sufficiently happy with our solution that they gave permission for us to publish and enter the award for the…

A glance at sensor size formats and its historical naming convention

Sensor sizes are commonly referred to as a fraction of an inch. This can create some confusion for customers as converting the actual fraction to mm and using this as a reference point is leading to wrong results.

Why is it so important to find the right lens - sensor combination?

It is not easy deciding which camera to use for your application taking into consideration all your requirements and budget but also the wealth of different cameras from different manufacturers and sensor specifications. Looking at the sensor level you have different pixel sizes, total pixel number, signal-to-noise ratio, (high) dynamic…

Inspecting Pallets for Breaks and Missing Parts

The Pallet Vision System is a multi-camera 3D scanner that:Enables 3D robot picking from a 5 metre stack of palletsSorts pallets into their colour and type (plastic, wood, blue, grey, etcInspects all sides of each pallet with millimetric measurements. If there is a fault, Pallet Vision will find itClick here…

Inspecting 45000 Tortilla's Per Hour

We built our first tortilla flatbread inspection system in the UK 10 years ago. Our customer's business has grown since then and now we are delivering multiple systems. The system is placed in-line in a tortilla production line. The product is fed into the inspection system at a rate of up…

UKIVA Machine Vision Conference 2019

We're at the 2019 Machine Vision Conference in Milton Keynes today. www.machinevisionconference.co.uk

Post Harvest Machine Vision - Processing Vegetables

According to a recent UK GOVERNMENT REPORT, the agri-food sector contributed £113bn to the UK economy in 2016.

£9.2bn of that was directly from agriculture and fishing, with food and drink manufacturing making up the majority of the remainder.

50% of the food we consume in the UK is manufactured here.