To answer the question, what is laser technology and where it can be used, it’s important to understand exactly to what the term laser refers. The term itself originated as an acronym ‘light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation’. in other words, ‘laser’ is a device that emits light through the process of optical amplification, […]
Most municipalities across the United States are drowning under the growing mounds of trash and recyclable materials. The situation is reaching epic proportions, as the refuse companies simply cannot keep up. Sorting trash with AI-assisted robots is one way they are working to stay on top of the problem. Historically, China has recycled the bulk […]
In the United States the unemployment rate is at its lowest in nearly fifty years. As a result, the need to automate bin picking is urgent. In the U.S., where 38% of the manufacturing labor force moves parts between bins and manufacturing machines, 500,000 jobs remain unfilled.
In the past several years, an increasing amount of companies world-wide have seen the benefits of using machine and robotic vision technology for bin picking tasks. Many UKIVA (UK Industrial Vision Association) members are now involved in bin picking applications using 3D vision technology, according to managing director of UKIVA, Allen Anderson. Applications are varied, […]
A typical distribution center or warehouse receives stock of a variety of products from suppliers and store them until they are ready to be shipped to other wholesalers, retailers, or individual buyers.
Not to be confused with meteorology, metrology is the science of measurement. It establishes a common understanding of units, which is crucial in linking human activities. Interesting fact – modern metrology has its roots in the French Revolution’s political motivation to standardize units in France when a length standard taken from a natural source was […]
New and expanding ideas of how we look at things is growing almost at an exponential pace. Engineers, scientists and designers are always looking for ways to see things we’ve never seen before. One piece of this emerging technology is what’s known as Time-of-Flight (ToF) cameras. The easiest way of thinking about Time-of-Flight is in […]
Recent studies have shown that a wide variety of such contaminants exist at trace concentrations in all water supplies and in the air. Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation (UVGI) is a method of disinfection that uses short-wavelength ultraviolet (UV-C) light to kill or inactivate microorganisms by destroying nucleic acids and disrupting their DNA, leaving them unable to […]
In a recent article we talked about the use of machine vision in the ever-expanding food and beverage industry. Using smart cameras to check bottles allows for packaging facilities to inspect the entire bottle without anyone ever touching one.
With the advent of high-speed processing and packing lines in the food industry, the risk of an item being mis-labeled, along with the task of checking every single package, can, or bottle has become far more complex. The human eye simply cannot do it.