Skye Gorter and John DeWaal
Machine vision has long served the automotive manufacturing industry, but evolving needs require adaptable solutions. Suppliers developing multiple variations of the same part type need a machine vision solution that can inspect mixed models without requiring new hardware, additional floor space, or even new systems. When a Tier 2 automotive supplier’s existing system became too rigid and error-prone, it hired system integrator Skye Automation (Stirling, ON, Canada; www.skyeautomation.ca) to develop a flexible new solution.
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