Optical inspection systems can be used to search for surface defects, count products as the come down the line, and to scan serial numbers. Optical inspection systems are capable of magnifying their vision multiple times and may catch imperfections and flaws indiscernible to the human eye.
Optical inspection systems can inspect at a much higher rate than human eyes and are more precise and consistent than the human workforce that they often replace. Optical inspection systems are an inexpensive substitute for manpower and can be run constantly, twenty-four hours a day. Unlike like humans these devices will also never have eyestrain or lose track of a product.
These devices are ideal for inspecting printed circuit boards as optical inspection systems can quickly scan the product for flaws. Optical inspection systems come in a variety of different types including vision systems, optical sorting systems, vision sensors, CCD cameras, laser inspection, magnetic imaging, robotic vision and much more.
Computer vision relies on digital cameras and pattern recognition software. Although machine vision has improved significantly in the past few years, computers are still incapable of the same kind of adaptable vision as humans. For this reason, optical inspection systems are usually programmed to fulfill those assignments that require consistent repetition of the same task. One major benefit of this highly advanced technology is the fact that these devices can be customized to meet a range of requirements for a particular application or facility.