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The increasing need to optimise production processes is one of the key drivers of development of innovative machine vision technologies. Basler Vision Technologies, Germany , a leader in the manufacture of vision-based optical media inspection equipment has developed a laser-based measurement approach.
The third generation optical media - the blue ray disc requires highly accurate cover layer uniformity and has posed a significant challenge to machine vision system manufacturers in reducing cover layer thickness and the microscopic surface deformations. Basler's scanners enhance the optical effect of deformation and can spot defects that are present either on the information or covering layer of the disc.
Once vision systems achieve greater versatility and upgradeability, the range of applications is likely to expand beyond industries and production processes.
High-end machine vision applications are progressing from two-dimensional(2D) to three-dimensional (3D) imaging with techniques such as laser triangulation and stereovision. 3D chip-based vision systems are emerging as cost-effective alternatives to weight sensors and stereo vision techniques in automotive applications.
"Upgrading to 3D inspection systems from 2D inspection systems would constitute a phenomenal leap in performance for certain applications," observes Mr. Sivadevan .