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Reducing labour costs in the farming sector

"I wanted to get better exposure in the farming industry for the work that we do".

HIK Robot Smart Camera - Case Study

We've been testing the new smartcamera series from HIK Robot. These are very capable, low cost smart camera devices that can be used for a multitude of automation applications. Read on to see how easy they are to set up.

British Farming Awards 2020 Finalist

Machinery Innovator of the YearWe're very pleased to have been informed that we are a finalist in the 2020 British Farming Awards for our post harvest vegetable processing systems.We have been working with a number of robotics partners to develop automation systems for agriculture. The farming industry requires temporary labour…

Untangling Image Sensor Size Formats

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.

The Evolution of the Food Production Vision System

We've been building vision systems for food production for quite some time.Our first 'mass flow' system in the UK was for a machine that inspected a high volume of flatbreads - tortillas, pizza bases, etc. These kinds of products are for the fast food market in the UK and some…

Machine Vision 3D Engine Block Inspection

Engine blocks make a good subject for machine vision as they are so feature rich with plenty of geometric patterns. When a freshly casted and machined engine block is born, it has to be inspected by eye to ensure both that it is complete and that the dimensions of the…

Machine Vision Conference Technology Hub Now On-Line

The annual machine vision conference (MVC) held in Milton Keynes in May 2020 was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However the organisers have setup a virtual exhibition with an online hub for the conference talks. The Technology Hub allows visitors to access all presentations for free and watch them at…

The Raspberry Pi Camera Interface

Connecting a camera to a Raspberry Pi is not like connecting a camera to a USB port on a PC - there are additional considerations.The first of which is that there are two kinds of Raspberry Pi CSI camera connectors: 15-in and 22-pin.Our friends at Arducam have taken the time…

Low Cost Imaging Devices for Prototyping

A good Covid-19 Lockdown activity might be testing and prototyping in your 'home lab'. The challenge with that, is of course immediate availability of components and the overall cost of such an exercise. However, we have an answer for that! We stock a range of camera modules which can be used with…

Newsletter Q2 2020 Hot off the Press

A graphical hint of what we are up to this month and on the back page, some information on embedded camera boards and how they can be used with the likes of Arduino, RPi and Nvidia Jetson.