Radiant Vision Systems has announced that its VIS-I Automated Inspection Station has been recognised for technology innovation by the judges of the annual Vision Systems Design Innovators Awards programme. The judging panel consisted of valued experts from system integrator and end-user companies.
Radiant Vision Systems was honoured with a Silver-level award for its recently-released VIS-I system. The product is a fully-integrated inspection station that uses an imaging photometer, bright field lighting, and programmable software to detect subtle defects on complex assemblies and low-contrast parts and surfaces.
The system is easily added to the line to accommodate real-time inspection with greater accuracy than human inspectors, while occupying the same footprint. VIS-I can track inspected parts by serial number while recording defects, their type, and location trends for each.
The integrated camera’s high resolution (29 megapixel CCD) and high dynamic range (greater than 61dB) enable extremely fine detail inspections on captured images.
Built-in software provides tools for assembly verification and gauging to ensure the manufacturing accuracy of a device and its components (tools include locate, measure, presence/absence, and edge detection) as well as surface inspection to detect defects like scratches, dents, and debris.
Because the VIS-I system software, a version of Radiant’s TrueTest™ package, is based on measurement of just-noticeable differences (JND) in visible uniformity, it can identify unpredictable defects in unknown locations, just like a human inspector can.
The VIS-I system can precisely detect and classify defects of specific types, assigning values to each and quantifying exact tolerances for acceptable severity, scope, or proliferation of the defect over a wide area.
The VIS-I can operate independently, without the need for a human inspector, and can be used to perform verification of human inspections.
Radiant sales and marketing vice-president Hubert Kostal said: "In manufacturing environments where human inspectors are necessary for their superior perception of defects beyond the capabilities of traditional machine vision, but where automation is desired for its efficiency, the VIS-I provides the ideal solution.
"Human inspectors are largely inconsistent in their evaluations and some manufacturers safeguard against errors by employing multiple human inspectors to perform repeat checks on continuously running lines. This requires several shifts of inspectors to avoid downtime.
"The VIS-I is a cost-effective alternative, with the ability to acquire quantifiable data to enable process control. In a single system, the VIS-I bridges a long-standing technological gap between human-level quality evaluation and automation efficiency, and we are happy to receive Vision Systems Design’s Innovators Award in recognition of this achievement."
Vision Systems Design publisher Alan Bergstein said: "This prestigious programme allows Vision Systems Design to celebrate and recognise the most innovative products and services in the vision and image processing industry.
"Our 2017 honourees are an outstanding example of companies who are making an impact in the industry."
The Innovators Awards are judged based on the following criteria:
- Impact on designers, systems integrators, end users
- Fulfilling a need in the market that hasn’t been addressed
- Leveraging a novel technology
For more information on the awards programme, please contact the company via the enquiry form.