The definition of what makes up an embedded vision system can vary depending on who you ask. Manufacturing companies sometimes define an embedded vision system as a smart camera that is used to automate a process. However one of the key identifiers of embedded vision systems is they are able to perform all the image processing without the need to send information to a networked computer system.
These systems are often less complex and less flexible than computer vision, but their compact design makes them perfect for inspection, sorting, and picking applications. Embedded vision systems can be found in industries ranging from meat processing plants to flat panel production to paper mills. It’s these capabilities that make them an exceptionally great option for manufacturers struggling to improve processes and efficiency.
Embedded Vision Is Often Easier to Use
In many cases, manufacturing companies find embedded vision far easier to implement than traditional computer vision systems. Cameras can be placed, connected, and put to work with minimal effort. Quick, easy setup saves both time and money.
Embedded vision systems often ship with easy-to-use human interfaces, meaning one doesn’t have to be a software engineer or computer programmer to set up an embedded vision camera. Most manufacturing companies can use someone on their existing staff to set up the camera, eliminating the need to hire a contractor or consultant.
Embedded Vision Usually Comes at a Lower Cost
Manufacturing companies further benefit from choosing embedded vision systems thanks to their lower cost. A smart camera is usually much less expensive than having to purchase a traditional camera with a computer loaded with vision software.
Also, it’s often easier to deploy and operate an embedded vision system, resulting in further cost savings. PC-driven computer vision systems require manufacturing companies to hire a programmer to code even basic instructions. Although embedded vision systems had little flexibility in the past, modern cameras can often be used right out of the box.
Embedded Vision Systems Perform Better in Harsh Conditions
Harsh environments are no place for a PC, but embedded vision systems are enclosed within a housing, protecting them within not-so-friendly conditions. For example, embedded vision cameras used for inspection in meat processing plants may be inadvertently sprayed during cleanup. Since many embedded vision systems are enclosed in water-tight cases, they can endure treatment that their less rugged counterparts cannot.
Manufacturing facilities are often plagued with dust, too. Dust that gets on a camera lens will likely interfere with the images it captures. To prevent this from happening, manufacturing companies have been known to point a fan at the camera. This keeps the lens relatively dust-free but can push dust into the housings of traditional cameras. Embedded vision systems are built to withstand these dusty environments, eliminating the need for clumsy precautions.
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