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Guide to Unlocking Your Automation Potential

As the world is getting ready for a safer workplace, machine vision for automation is increasingly becoming the center of attention. For years, system engineers and manufacturers struggle to determine which machine vision solution works best for their applications. The need for automation is on the horizon, and machine vision is the first step in transitioning to a smart factory. Time and time again, we have seen factories that invest in a reliable 3D machine vision solution benefit from a higher return on investment, better use of resources and increased workplace safety. These manufacturers also can upskill their workers to trained professionals, further boosting employee engagement. We have prepared a guide to help industry professionals understand the strengths of each technology. Read more to find out which machine vision technology adds the most value to your solution.

A Brief History of 3D Vision Technologies [Video]

A learning video that goes over different types of 3D machine vision technology in automation: Light Curtain, Single Point, Sheet of Light, Coplanar and more

2D or 3D Machine Vision?

Manufacturers have two choices 3D or 2D machine vision, depending on application requirements. More recently manufacturers have embraced 3D machine vision to deliver accurate dimensional data, taking application capabilities to a new strategic level.

 

How do 3D Scanners Work?

Hermary scanners work on the principle of laser triangulation. A laser beam is projected at a known angle onto a target to be measured; a camera at a known offset from the laser views the projected image.

 

What is a Point Cloud?

3D Machine Vision captures the location and shape of an object in a format suitable for processing by a computer or a PAC/PLC.  An object’s surface is represented by a list of three-dimensional coordinates (X, Y, Z) which is referred to as a “Point Cloud”.

 

Why Class II Lasers?

Workplace safety is important to all. By design, all Hermary products are Class II (or Class IIM) laser rated.

 

What Can be Scanned?

Laser triangulation depends upon capturing a small amount of reflected energy in the imaging system. Most materials can be scanned using laser triangulation.

 

Industry Trends

Keep on top of industry trends in 3D machine vision.