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EPIC Systems Featured in Vision Systems Design Magazine for Industrial Vision System Application

EPIC’s Machine Vision article is featured on the cover in the May 2014 edition of Vision Systems Design magazine. Machine Vision Systems professional, Chris Walker is featured in the article explaining the industrial vision system that EPIC developed to reduce the number of false failures in an automated inspection system for sealant on automotive canisters. Article Overview The client needed an industrial […]

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Ask An Engineer | Machine Vision System for Inspecting 3D Objects

Question: I am interested in a system that inspects parts on a production line in our manufacturing plant. What type of machine vision system would be needed for inspecting 3D objects? Answer: When it comes to inspecting 3D objects, one option for inspection is a stereoscopic machine vision system. A stereoscopic vision system uses stereo vision to […]

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Machine Vision Sales up 6%

Total machine vision sales in North America have been on the rise over the last year. In the second quarter of 2013 machine vision sales are up 6% compared to the second quarter of 2012.  According to the AIA, the industry’s trade group, the machine vision systems category, which includes ASMV (application specific machine vision) […]

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Your Vision Integrator is using Morphology… It’s not just for the X Men

  Despite what you might believe, X-Men aren’t the only ones who can perform morphology. It’s actually a mathematical operation for modifying and classifying objects seen in images. Image morphology, when used by a machine vision integrator, separates touching objects in images, removes noise, and classifies shapes. There are several morphology algorithms that can be used […]

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Don’t Let Your Integrator Hold You Hostage: Do It Better

Can you modify all your automation programs? Do you have the engineering drawings for everything on your manufacturing floor? Unfortunately for most manufacturer’s, the answer to one or both of these questions is “no.” A lot of integrators don’t relinquish their controller and HMI programs or drawings to the end client. This protects the design […]

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Chris Walker Wins Vision System Photo Contest

EPIC’s  Chris Walker, won Midwest Optical Systems first ever photo contest.  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.   Technical spec’s: Application: Inspection of a black bead of material  for size, position […]

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Encoder Input Can Help a Vision System “Do it Better”

What happens to the accuracy of a vision system when an unexpected change in line speed occurs? In a typical vision system a “part presence” sensor detects the leading edge of the part and sends a signal that tells the “image acquisition” sensor to take the picture. A brief time delay exists between when the […]

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Spatial Filters: Helping Cameras “See” It Differently

An easy way to enhance or soften images for a specific use in machine vision systems is by applying various spatial filters. Spatial filters use local information about groups of pixels in an image to re-calculate the value of individual pixels and enhance or soften edges of an image. In machine vision systems, spatial filters […]

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What to Consider when Selecting a Camera Lens

One of our vision specialists, Chris Walker, shares his insights on the need for vision integrators to select the correct lens. The following was selected from his detailed and informative blog. Q: What are the essential factors to consider before selecting a lens? A: In order for an application to be a success, it is […]

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