Technology trends in the machine vision industry that will impact manufacturing: BitFlowClick image to enlarge

Five key machine vision technology trends are poised to impact the manufacturing industry significantly in 2017, and even disrupt processes, according to BitFlow, a machine vision technology provider.

"We have identified the top five machine vision trends that integrators and OEMs should factor into their strategic planning for 2017," says, Donal Waide, director of sales and marketing for BitFlow. "Vision professionals should look to make deliberate decisions about them during the coming year."

1. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT): As the IIoT gains traction, machine vision should see a dramatic boost. IIoT links production technology with information technology, therefore it involves extensive data capture and analytics to continually optimize the operation of factories. Machine vision is one of the most important basic technologies to supply the IIoT with information.

2. CoaXPress (CXP): CoaXPress is an asymmetric high-speed serial communication standard that transmits and receives data over coaxial cables between cameras to computers via a frame grabber. A new generation of lower-priced CXP single-link cameras featuring smaller footprints, lower power requirements and producing less heat are lowering the barrier for integrators to design systems based on the CXP interface. CXP moves at speeds that would humble an Olympic track star; it is almost twice the real world data rate of the USB3 Vision standard and significantly quicker than the latest GigE Vision data rates. BitFlow recently introduced its Aon CXP frame grabbers specifically to address this new low cost/high performance market.

3. Non-industrial Sectors: Lower costs and ongoing improvements in vision components, such as 3-D color cameras and machine learning techniques, will further expand the machine vision sector into non-industrial niche applications, such as "driverless" car systems, IP video surveillance, intelligent traffic systems, logistics, agriculture and guided surgery.

4. Ease of Use: Operators of machine vision systems have expressed a clear preference towards products that contribute to a more user-friendly, intuitive environment on the plant floor. At the same time, vision sensory input is more complex than ever before, making it a huge challenge for device and software designers to simplify their interface. Standardization of products will help users integrate and run vision systems while also providing cost trade-offs for exchangeability of devices. In addition, software designers will be successful as they make strides towards interfaces that walk users through a simple process of setting up applications, locating and inspecting parts, and configuring results with communication to HMIs, PLCs and robotic equipment.

5. Regulation of Pharmaceuticals: Increased regulation globally is forcing the pharmaceutical industry to install machine vision systems to ensure quality, traceability and security at every step of manufacturing ranging from drug synthesis to final packaging. For example, FDA regulations now require a given product to be traceable by serial number to a specific manufacturing facility, batch number and date, providing accountability and ultimately, boosting consumer confidence. The European Union in 2010 required the name of medications to be printed in Braille for blind and partially sighted patients. One key reason for the more stringent regulations is the crisis of counterfeit drugs. The World Health Organization estimates that up to 30% of prescription drugs in developing countries are counterfeit and, in developed countries, counterfeit drugs make up as much as 1% of the market.

CWB launches new assessment portal

The CWB Group has launched a Welder Competency and Credential Assessment (WCCA) portal.

Free metrology workshops from Mitutoyo

Mitutoyo Canada, Mississauga, ON, is offering a series of metrology workshops, free of charge, throughout 2014.

Prima Power opens new plant in Finland

Prima Power has officially opened a new manufacturing plant and tech centre in Seinäjoki in western Finland.

U.S. backs down on aluminum tariffs

The U.S. has balked on its 10 per cent tariff on Canadian P1020 aluminum, announcing that it would remove those tariffs one day before Canada’s retaliatory tariffs were to go into effect, and mere weeks after the tariffs were enacted.

Italian machine tools see modest increase

The Italian machine tool industry saw a modest rise in exports of machine tools, but domestic demand remained flat in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to the latest figures from the Italian machine tool association, UCIMU.

Inventory edged up, unfilled orders down in March: Statscan

Statistics Canada has offered up the first glimpse of the COVID-19’s economic impact on Canada’s manufacturing sector as the data agency released figures for the March Manufacturing Survey.

Magna CEO Don Walker on COVID-19 response

Magna International CEO Don Walker spoke to BNN about the company's strategy for dealing with COVID-19 and how he plans to get his company back to work safely, and how Magna will fit into the post-coronavirus supply chain.

Windsor manufacturing researcher named to Order of Canada

University of Windsor professor Hoda ElMaraghy has been awarded the Order of Canada for her contributions to the field of mechanical engineering.

Mazak to expand N.A. headquarters

Mazak Optonics is moving ahead with expansion plans for their North American Headquarters in Elgin, Ill.

Rising auto demand boosts production in Canada

Stronger vehicle sales in Canada and the US and the recent free trade agreement with the European Union bodes well for Canada's automotive manufacturing industry according to a new "Global Auto Report" from Scotiabank.

Sandvik Coromant, Xerox division partner for digital manufacturing

Sandvik Coromant is partnering with PARC, a Xeroc company to strengthen its capabilities in digital manufacturing.

Small businesses in Canada unprepared for cyber attacks: report

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) has released polling data on the state of cyber security in Canadian small businesses.

CAD/CAM supplier celebrates 25th anniversary

CAD/CAM supplier In-House Solutions, Cambridge celebrated its 25th anniversary recently with a one-day open house on May 10.

New general manager for Seco Tools in Canada

Brancko Hohnec has been appointed general manager, Canada, for Seco Tools. He joined Seco 11 years ago and most recently was managing director of Seco in Slovenia. He has a background in mechanical engineering. He will be based in Mississauga, ON.

 

 

 

Linamar invests in eMatrix battery pack module developer

Linamar Corporation has entered into an exclusive manufacturing and licensing agreement with Michigan-based eMatrix Energy Systems, Inc. to gain access to leading modular battery pack technology. 

Stay In Touch

twitter facebook linkedIn