Machine Vision and Perception
Machine vision control of a laser welding process.
SwRI engineers developed embedded vision systems for robot navigation and sample analysis to detect signs of life for a project funded through NASA.
SwRI engineers developed a high-speed vision system for providing real-time monitoring and control of a laser coating removal process.
Machine Vision Applications
Machine vision enables robots to autonomously navigate or to perform precision movements. Image analysis and pattern recognition algorithms locate tumors in the body, identify customers at bank automatic teller machines, and detect hidden cracks in machined parts. The range of computer vision applications is practically endless.
Machine Vision Technologies
SwRI engineers have extensive experience developing state of the art software and hardware for machine vision applications . SwRI will perform system design tasks and can integrate commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components or develop custom systems. With expertise in advanced computer technology, Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) conducts customer-driven research and applied engineering projects in a wide range of machine vision technologies, including:
- Image processing
- Pattern recognition
- Scene analysis
- Classification and grading
- 3D imaging
- Multispectral imaging
- Robot guidance
- Process control
- Industrial inspection
- Change detection
- Model-based vision
- Sensor fusion
- Dimensional inspection
- Motion analysis
- Infrared image analysis
- Object recognition
SwRI develops image analysis systems that operate in harsh industrial environments, monitor process quality, prevent process failures, and measure product quality. These systems provide guidance for precision assembly, robotics, dimensional inspection, and defect detection.
Industrial Automation and Quality Control
Machine vision systems can provide quality control and real-time feedback for industrial processes, overcoming physical limitations and subjective judgment of humans. Automated systems capable of high-speed measurement of parts or a process enable manufacturers to achieve unprecedented product quality.
Automated Precision Measurement
Computer vision techniques automate measuring tasks that require high precision and accuracy. The resulting measurements are used to position and orient parts, provide numerical data for subsequent analysis (modeling and simulation), or monitor the performance and efficiency of mechanical devices. An automated dimensional measurement system is a fast, accurate way to measure the size, shape, or profile of many components.
computer vision • machine vision • image processing • scene analysis • pattern recognition • model-based vision • sensor fusion • motion analysis • infrared image analysis • dimensional inspection • industrial inspection • process control • perception • robot guidance • 3D imaging • multispectral imaging • object recognition