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FPGA-based multisensor real-time machine vision for banknote printing
Author(s): Rui Li; Thomas Türke; Johannes Schaede; Harald Willeke; Volker Lohweg
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Paper Abstract

Automatic sheet inspection in banknote production has been used as a standard quality control tool for more than a decade. As more and more print techniques and new security features are established, total quality in bank note printing must be guaranteed. This aspect has a direct impact on the research and development for bank note inspection systems in general in the sense of technological sustainability. It is accepted, that print defects are generated not only by printing parameter changes, but also by mechanical machine parameter changes, which will change unnoticed in production. Therefore, a new concept for a multi-sensory adaptive learning and classification model based on Fuzzy-Pattern- Classifiers for data inspection and machine conditioning is proposed. A general aim is to improve the known inspection techniques and propose an inspection methodology that can ensure a comprehensive quality control of the printed substrates processed by printing presses, especially printing presses which are designed to process substrates used in the course of the production of banknotes, security documents and others. Therefore, the research and development work in this area necessitates a change in concept for banknote inspection in general. In this paper a new generation of FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) based real time inspection technology is presented, which allows not only colour inspection on banknote sheets, but has also the implementation flexibility for various inspection algorithms for security features, such as window threads, embedded threads, OVDs, watermarks, screen printing etc., and multi-sensory data processing. A variety of algorithms is described in the paper, which are designed for and implemented on FPGAs. The focus is based on algorithmic approaches.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 February 2009
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 7251, Image Processing: Machine Vision Applications II, 72510S (2 February 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.805427
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Rui Li, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Thomas Türke, KBA-GIORI S.A. (Switzerland)
Johannes Schaede, KBA-GIORI S.A. (Switzerland)
Harald Willeke, KBA-Bielefeld (Germany)
Volker Lohweg, Ostwestfalen-Lippe Univ. of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7251:
Image Processing: Machine Vision Applications II
Kurt S. Niel; David Fofi, Editor(s)

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