Smart vision systems enable Industry 4.0 and AI applications
Whereas machine vision (MV) is traditionally used to perform conventional inspection tasks, it is now becoming an increasingly important part of production control, too. Virtual commissioning, digital integration, artificial intelligence – attend automatica to experience how vision systems pave the way for digital progress.
Conventional machine vision systems will of course continue to play an important role in industrial applications. They read various kinds of codes, lettering, and markings, which makes them an essential part of material and production flow control. They identify components to be assembled, ensure transparency in the warehouse, perform quality checks of all products as part of ‘end of line’ systems, detect irregularities, and sort products into good and rejected parts.
At the same time, machine vision is becoming an increasingly powerful enabler technology for digital integration. Those looking to exploit the advantages of digital engineering and virtual commissioning need the latest 3D machine vision systems capable of matching the virtual environment with reality via suitable interfaces and communication standards.
Other trends to be showcased at the trade fair include miniaturization and the integration of cameras and smart evaluation systems to create embedded vision systems. Another technology is just starting out: the combination of machine vision and artificial intelligence. It enables test equipment to independently detect defective parts. Augmented reality systems are another exciting development where camera images can be overlaid with content such as manuals or repair instructions.
And machine vision is opening up more and more fields of application outside of production facilities. Whether online or retail, on the highway, at the doctor's, or on the playing field: their versatility is practically boundless.
Machine vision experiences very dynamic growth – both in the past and in the future. The annual revenue generated by German manufacturers increased by an average of 9 percent between 2013 and 2019, and the industry is really taking off again after the Covid crisis: In 2021, the German machine vision sector generated revenue to the tune of 3.1 billion euros. That corresponds to an impressive 16 percent growth. VDMA R+A expects the revenue to increase by five percent to a total of 3.2 billion euros in the fiscal year 2022.
Modor Intelligence has estimated the total revenue of the global machine vision systems market in 2020 at 10.4 billion euros. The projection for 2026 is 22.1 billion euros.