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Development of techniques for automated industrial inspection in the United Kingdom in the age of microprocessors
Author(s): Richard A. Brook
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Paper Abstract

This paper reviews some of the activity in the UK directed towards realisation and exploitation of practical shop-floor automatic inspection systems. There are still considerable barriers to widespread applications because of the generally specialised nature of each situation, and the complexity and cost associated with achieving satisfactory solutions to image analysis problems. However, rugged solid-state imagers and microprocessor-based signal processing systems are beginning to advance the state-of-the-art to the point at which autonomous and robust equipment of moderate sophistication can be built at reasonable cost. The impact of microelectronics on performance and cost of equipment for inspection applications, and the problems of justifying and maintaining this equipment, are examined. Projects in which Sira Institute has been involved are referred to briefly to illustrate some of the points made.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 1979
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0182, Imaging Applications for Automated Industrial Inspection and Assembly, (10 October 1979); doi: 10.1117/12.957374
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Richard A. Brook, Sira Institute Limited (England)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0182:
Imaging Applications for Automated Industrial Inspection and Assembly
Richard P. Kruger, Editor(s)

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