Machine vision system integration is a discipline. With the continuous development of new imaging technology, the development momentum of this discipline is still strong.
Since the introduction of widely used commercial components 35 years ago, the skillful integration of machine vision into automation applications has been a key factor in the success of this technology.
In recent years, the machine vision industry has achieved record-breaking growth worldwide, and the availability and capabilities of components in cutting-edge applications such as 3D guidance and metrology, spectral image analysis, high-speed inspection, and deep learning have continued to increase.
In providing successful and reliable machine vision system solutions for industrial users, competent machine vision integrators-whether it is an integration company or an individual in an engineering team-play an important role more than ever.
(1) Integration and ease of use
First, to understand the main purpose of the machine vision integration task and business. In other words, to reduce the risk of the end user's application. In general, the realization technology of machine vision technology has not been widely understood by the entire industrial engineering community like PLC, motion control and even robotics technology. Hiring an integrator with experience in machine vision technology will fundamentally help ensure the ultimate success and reliability of the project.
However, the demand for machine vision systems that do not require integration is certainly high. The ease of use of application of machine vision system has always been a pain point for users and the goal of component and software manufacturers on the market.
In the mid-1980s, many machine vision components began to appear. They did not require low-level programming and had a user interface, which made the configuration of the tool easier. The explosive development of smart camera technology in the 1990s consolidated the ease of use of machine vision. The result is that many less demanding machine vision applications can be solved with components that require little or no configuration. Some new components have been released or introduced recently, and they are claimed to eliminate the rough configuration of machine vision tasks for certain applications.
Nevertheless, the machine vision integration business has flourished. As the machine vision component industry has recently grown at a record-breaking level, the machine vision integration industry also seems to have seen significant growth.
The continuing demand for integrated services, even including the so-called easy-to-use components, is the basic nature of machine vision implementation, which requires advanced knowledge about optics and lighting. That is a challenge to the application fields that are not common in the standard industrial engineering discipline. However, the continuous growth in the demand for machine vision integration services is largely due to the continuous and expanding demand within the industry for the realization of the most challenging applications that require the use of cutting-edge machine vision technology.
(2) Constantly changing
In the past 10 to 15 years, machine vision system integration has become a very complex engineering service. Although successful integration companies may continue to provide services for configuring simpler components for more common tasks, they often deal with highly complex automated applications that have not been implemented before. Today's system integration has higher requirements for comprehensive technology.
It can be said that machine vision integration has developed, just like the entire machine vision industry. Providing cutting-edge solutions based on the ever-expanding applications makes machine vision integration have broad prospects.
What smart end users need to accept is that the machine vision market has always been, and will continue to be a combination of technology and capability. Whatever the situation is, system integrators will be the gatekeepers of the vision industry. They will continue to improve themselves and deliver truly successful and reliable machine vision solutions to end users.