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Machine vision


What is Machine Vision? Our four expert guests gave their definitions:


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John Merva, North American Sales and Marketing Manager, Gardasoft, USA “In the simplest way to be explained, it’s cameras hooked to computers that see, and of course see in a non-conventional sense because computers don’t have all the power to understand and interpret images that the human brain does. But in the end the industry really views it as anything that captures images and then interprets those images and sometimes it’s in very sophisticated ways and sometimes it’s in less sophisticated ways depending on the needs of that application.”


Eddy Vermeulen, Product Manager, FLIR ITS (formerly Traficon), Belgium It’s a term that’s often interpreted different ways.


If you come from


industrial automation then machine vision is often interpreted as a very narrow definition being a typical kind


of camera that has slow shutter times and is used for mainly industrial automation. On the other side if you interpret it rather broadly then you say machine vision is helping operators or other people in doing their job by doing some automatic processing of the video itself then you could interpret it in almost any application that uses cameras to give added information.


Jim Kennedy, CEO, INEX/ZAMIR, USA When I think of machine vision I think of assembly lines, inspection lines, cameras looking at products, looking for size, shape, looking for defects, maybe reading a code off something, generally at high speed, generally doing something faster than a human could do it, and maybe more precisely.


Enzio Schneider, Product Line Manager, Basler AG, Germany Machine vision is automated vision providing an camera or some sort of eye to an automated system to increase the production yield in processes or any other application where vision solutions like a camera can improve the performance and the reliability of the systems.


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