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Icing Gingerbread Biscuits

This December, the IET’s Vision and Imaging Technical Network is giving an award to the best technology demo in the field of Vision and Imaging. Applicants with the most impressive technologies have been invited to take part in a final dedicated demonstration session during the ICDP2019 conference in London (16-18 December,…

Fully Synchronised Stereo Cameras for Raspberry Pi and Arduino

In the world of machine vision, we talk about X and Y for locating an object in 2D but we can get Z with stereo cameras. So, as we know, cameras in a stereo vision configuration can be used for depth sensing or height measurement. If we can add a measurement…

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…

Injector Hose Clamp Inspection System

Walsall Pressings is a well established manufacturing company based in the West Midlands. The company specialises in technical metal presswork and is very active in the automotive industry, supplying tier one manufacturers with pressings, robotic welding and mechanical assemblies.The company has a long term contract to supply engine components to…