From visible to SWIR
How do you automatically inspect unpredictable processes? Let imec’s real-time hyperspectral cameras keep an eye on your production line.
Food, pharma, plastics, ... Every industry you can think of now uses machine vision cameras. They fulfill a crucial role in the automation of processes like identification, sorting and fault detection.
Of course, not every industrial inspection camera has – nor needs – an equally sharp eye. Hyperspectral cameras have a crucial advantage: even when items are indistinguishable in color or shape, their spectral signature reveals their true identity.
Machine vision systems for automatic inspection often use push-broom cameras. These consequently scan lines of pixels – and then construct the full image.
That works fine for predictable processes like printing or the production of textiles on rolls. But not for moving, rotating objects such as avocados rolling of a conveyor belt. Nor for more advanced machine vision applications such as robots picking randomly positioned objects out of a bin.
In these cases, snapshot cameras are better up to the task. Because they take real-time images that cover a larger surface, nothing escapes their notice – even in unpredictable settings.
Imec’s snapshot cameras are easy to use and deploy. They cover a wide range of wavelengths that allow you to correctly classify virtually all materials: from food and minerals to textiles and plastics.
Imec offers a full range of snapshot hyperspectral cameras that are easy to deploy. They always come with imec’s HSI MOSAIC software to acquire and analyze data cubes, and its API for automation in a larger system.
These complete systems are ideal for the rapid exploration and integration of hyperspectral machine vision for automatic inspection of your production process.
Want to build your dedicated machine vision camera system? As we control the complete manufacturing process from image sensors to systems, we’re happy to assist you with every step of your development.