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What do you mean by 'integrated vision system?
When we talk about an integrated vision system, we specifically mean a piece of production equipment that includes a vision inspection component along with whatever other capabilities it may have. An example would be a filling and capping station with an included camera to check fill levels or cap presence, but it could be in any number of other applications as well.
Why would I want an integrated vision system?
Perhaps the greatest and most noticeable advantage to an integrated solution is the reduction in system footprint. It is ideal for adding vision inspection to an existing production line without requiring a significant overhaul of the line layout. It is also useful when planning a new production line, as vision can be placed where it is most effective.
Do integrated systems only use smart cameras?
Smart cameras are commonly used in the creation of integrated systems, but they are not the only option. PC-controlled cameras might make more sense depending on space, processing power required, and type of inspection control point you have in mind. We also offer other METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection systems developed from the ground-up to include a vision component.
How will a vision system fit into my production process?
Positioning a vision system depends on what precisely you are hoping to inspect and where space exists on the production line. The advantage of going with an integrated system is that it can be easy to add the necessary equipment to the production line without having to redesign the line's layout. While there is no way to avoid some changes to layout (cameras are small, but they still take up space), the impact can be significantly reduced with proper planning.
What about new production lines?
When planning a new production line, space is still going to be a factor – and combining product inspection systems into a single unit helps to establish a firm quality control point on the production line. Similarly, a new production system with integrated vision components allow for more efficient detection and removal of defective products.
What kind of smart cameras do you use?
We manufacture our own smart cameras, like we've been doing for the last 30 years. We are pretty good at it.