Machine vision system inspects mixed model automotive components

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.

The automotive supplier’s previous system had feeding problems. The supplier used vibratory bowl feeders to sort and orient parts for

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