Sick offers machine vision enlightenment

27 May 2009

Sick (UK) is attempting to dispel some of the mystery around machine vision in automated handling and processing with an ‘Introduction to Machine Vision’. The guide aims to provide engineers with insight into best practice applications and will be supported with hands-on sessions.

Workshops will be held at the company’s machine vision test studio at its St Albans headquarters in the UK.

‘Machine vision is undoubtedly the future across all sectors of industry from automated packaging and food processing to warehouse and storage,’ says David Hannaby, SICK’s machine vision specialist. ‘Yet some plant engineers are worried about committing to it, and others have unsubstantiated ideas about its capabilities and how far it can be integrated with a plant-wide distributed control system.

‘There are many different types and capabilities of machine vision, from 3D-laser imaging to simple photoelectric sensing. It’s important to be able to work out what you actually need before committing to spend. Additionally, there are lots of concepts with complicated initials being tossed about, and finding out what these really mean in terms of plant and processing requirements could save you a lot of misunderstandings.’

Sick’s hands-on one-day training package for small classes are for design and production engineers to get up to speed with the latest in machine vision technology and its implications. They will provide knowledge and confidence boosting insight into machine vision applications, and are tested and certificated to demonstrate the worth of the sessions.

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