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How are Vision Systems Used in Life Science Applications?

How are Vision Systems Used in Life Science ApplicationsLife sciences is an emerging industry with high growth potential. It’s quickly diversifying as demands for more productive automation systems are demanded by end users. In turn, suppliers of vision systems for life sciences are consistently producing innovative new vision systems that push the marketplace forward. 

The rapid pace of product innovation and rising adoption by end users has made the life sciences industry one to watch for those involved in the vision industry. But how exactly are vision systems used in the life sciences industry?

Vision Systems in Life Science Verticals

There are many different ways in which vision systems are deployed in a wide range of life science verticals. Some of the most common include:


Vision systems in the medical field are most often used in endoscopy, microscopy, ophthalmology, dermatology, IC unit monitoring, and analytical chemistry. Constant advances in the medical device market are further driving adoption of vision systems in the medical field. 


Vision systems are widely used in the pharmaceutical industry for inspection of packaging and product quality. More recently, they’ve been increasingly implemented on the research and development side in applications such as spectrophotometry. 


Many of the vision systems deployed in the agriculture industry are embedded vision systems. These can be used for high throughput plant phenotyping (HTPP), monitoring soil and crop health with drones, or for autonomous navigation of farm equipment. 

Environmental Science

In environmental science, high speed vision systems are used to more closely study the behavior and flight patterns of animals such as mosquitos or bats. Other vision systems could be used in combination with drones to monitor and study wildlife reservations, or even to study flood patterns to help protect the public. 

Supply Chain

Vision systems can help implement more accurate and complete track and trace solutions in the life science sector. From barcode reading to inspection cameras, vision systems in the supply chain help produce high quality products that keep the public safe. 

Vision systems are used in a wide range of ways in the life science sector, and the few industries mentioned above are far from the only end users of life science vision systems. 

The life sciences sector as a whole is diverse but growing rapidly. As it grows, new opportunities for vision systems to automate life science applications will continuously emerge to push the marketplace forward. 

To learn more, stay tuned for the launch of our educational Vision in Life Sciences section of the website! This section will be dedicated to the use of vision in life science applications, as well as cover the emerging market of life sciences. Be sure to check back for more updates!

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