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    As leaders in vision system design, automation and implementation, EPIC’s engineers regularly author articles in industry publications. These articles cover a range of topics, from specific equipment recommendations to case examples. Please browse below and contact an EPIC Vision Engineer with any questions or call (314) 845-0077 to discuss a custom application.

    Vision Systems Articles Featuring EPIC Applications

    Article: Technology Trends – Smart Cameras Check Bottles at High-Speed

    bottle inspection vision system by EPICPublication: Vision Systems Design

    Author: EPIC Systems, Inc.

    Synopsis: An EPIC developed vision system inspects 6oz plastic bottles of fruit juice at speeds of up to 900 units per minute. The system verifies correct cap position, performs tamper band verification and checks whether a printed date code was present on the top of the cap.

    Web link: Industrial Inspection – Camera’s Inspect Bottles at High Speeds

    Downloadable PDF: Bottle Inspection Vision Systems

    Article: Ready To Go. Turnkey Machine Vision Systems Allow Manufacturers to Leave the Vision Applications to the Experts

    vision-mock-upPublication: Vision and Sensors, Quality Magazine

    Author: Michelle Bangart

    Synopsis: Ordering out-of-the-box vision solutions may not be the best move if you want tailored, optimized results. A turnkey system from a vision integrator offers a vision solution tailored to your line, with less risk and on-going long-term support. Turnkey machine vision systems can be more expensive, but usually offer a better return on investment over the long run.

    Web link: “Ready to Go” on QualityMag.com

    Downloadable PDF: Turnkey Ready to Go

    vision-systems-coverArticle: Filters Reduce Glare in Automotive Canister Inspection

    Publication: Vision Systems Design

    Author: Chris Walker, EPIC Systems

    Synopsis: An automated inspection of automotive canisters utilizes polarizers with cameras to reduce glare. Automotive cylinders are inspected at a rate of 900 parts/minute. A two-part inspection checks the surface of the cylinders to ensure they are properly sealed. Glare from the canisters and sealant is reduced by employing a polarized filter on the camera lens.

    Web link: Optical filters reduce glare in automotive canister machine vision inspection application

    Downloadable PDF: Filters Reduce Glare

    Related article: Adhesives.org “Filters Reduce Sealant Failures”

    Article: Before & After Vision System Contest

    adhesive vision inspection systemPublication: Midwest Optical 

    Author: Chris Walker, EPIC Systems

    Synopsis: Walker submitted photos of an application where he used several types of polarizing filters to inspect a black bead of material for width, position, and consistency within a cylindrical object. With no filter applied to the vision system, glare was present on the black material. To help reduce glare a custom shaped polarizing filter was applied, and glare was eliminated completely by using a BP550 filter to eliminate any UV/IR.

    Downloadable PDF: MidOpt Article

    Article: When to Automate


    Publication:
    Control Engineering

    Author: EPIC Systems, Inc.

    Synopsis: Automation can boost productivity and provide long-term ROI when correctly applied. Six steps for determining when and where to apply or upgrade automation are outlined.

    Web link: When deciding to automate, system integrators can help

    Downloadable PDF: When to Automate Control Eng

     

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