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The future of vision is Autonomous

14 December 2018

There are moments in the history of technology that change everything about an industry. The registration of the patent for the first horseless carriage in Berlin in 1886. The integration of SanDisk into the IBM ThinkPad in 1991. Steve Jobs launching the iPhone in 2007.

By Harel Boren and Yonatan Hyatt, co-founders of autonomous machine vision expert, Inspekto.

VISION 2018 witnessed one of these moments. The launch of the INSPEKTO S70, the world’s first autonomous vision system. The world’s first plug and play vision system. The world’s first vision system so cost effective that it enables Total QA – the integration of tens of devices onto a production line, where once there could only be one.

Before 2018, this history of industrial vision is one of captivity. The manufacturer, the end user and the quality assurance manager are all confined within the barriers of old non-autonomous technologies, that force them to use a systems integrator that develops a hard-engineered solution, with camera providers, lens manufacturers, lighting providers and software companies.

It is a long history that is captive to the need for the systems integrator to develop a proof of concept and complex solutions, which could take six months or even more, and then present them to the QA manager on the shop floor. From the moment they are installed, non-autonomous QA solutions require expert-attention for almost any little change on the production line, such as changes in lighting conditions, product handling and the like.

Because of this, machine vision is always expensive, always tailored only for its original application and always entirely integrator dependent. In contrast, the INSPEKTO S70 can be plugged in with your morning coffee and it can be live and inspecting product on the line by lunchtime.

There is no civil engineering required. There are no poke yokes to develop or cages to build. Its complex AI engines working in tandem allow it to be set up in any light and work in any light. It can deal with any amount of angles per product and is entirely unconstrained by changes in the production environment.

The S70 can set up using only around 20 good product examples. There are no bad products required, you don’t need to teach it about faults, annotate images nor train it in any way. It self learns, self teaches and self-adapts.

There is no need to set parameters, to create lightning environments or hire AI experts. The only tool you need to make the system work is a mouse. You simply draw a polygon around the product and any areas of interest. The S70 does the rest. It is literally Plug and Inspect, and it’s an innovation that joins an honour-roll of products – that have changed industries forever.

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