Vision System Engineering ExpertS
Fitz-Thors Engineering is the expert in vision-driven solutions for automating processes at manufacturing plants. If you are considering a machine vision system to enhance or overhaul a process, our engineers are ready to design, build, and install a vision system to meet the needs of your manufacturing facility.
Benefits of installing a Vision System
The availability and affordability of industrial high-speed cameras, scanners, lasers, and specialized sensors has allowed companies of all sizes to take advantage of the efficiencies of machine intelligence and vision solutions. Manufacturers motivated to improve safety, increase output, maximize quality control, trace a product, or simply automate a new or old process, can now implement a customized machine vision system easier than ever before. A cost analysis can be performed upfront to assure the payback period will satisfy the company’s production goals.
With a vision system installed, manufacturers can better manage and improve the user-traceability, accuracy, efficiency, and quality of their process. Highly critical jobs that are complex and difficult, can be transformed into repeatable, consistent, predictable, and manageable processes.
The benefit of installing or converting to an automated solution is having complete control. You are able to better manage and maintain up time. Actions both upstream and downstream of the process can be tracked. Key data points and images can also stored which helps guide important production and business decisions. Your overall return from automating can be measured in meaningful bottom-line savings, customer satisfaction, and valuable information collected over time.
Types of Vision System Applications
Part Inspection / Verification / Recording • Assembly Verification • Part Measurement • Sorting of Multiple Parts • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) • Barcode / QR Code Reading • Data Archiving - create permanent record of each inspection • Bin Picking parts using robots • Friend or Foe Identification • Pass / Fail inspection • Robot Guidance • Quality Control • Defect Inspection • Packaging Inspection • Print and Label Inspection • Process Control Vision Systems • Custom Inspection Systems • Turnkey Vision Systems (nSpekt)
• Consumer Electronics
• Medical Technologies
Why Fitz-Thors is a Vision System Expert
We are industrial manufacturing vision system experts, specializing in each of the disciplines required to capture, render, and manipulate images in often challenging settings. Having incorporated vision systems over ten years in installations in varied environments, we are confident we can bring our set of best practices and lessons learned in cameras, lenses, lighting, and coding to bear on building the best system for your company.
Fitz-Thors Engineering will design, source, build, and program a custom vision system to meet the most exacting standards. To ensure you invest in a system best suited for your operations, our design recommendations are based on your manufacturing requirements, as well as your environmental conditions and production staff capabilities.
Work with our Automation and Controls Engineers to develop a concept, system design, programming, and integration strategy. During the design phase we will understand the purpose and objectives of a vision system at your facility, including return on investment (ROI) goals. We will agree on a viable design solution to meet your budget requirements, with respect to the pay back period.
Fitz-Thors engineers and technicians will then build, fabricate, assemble, program, your custom solution at our facility in Birmingham, AL. Our facility also includes CNC mills, lathes, cutting tables, plus a fabrication shop, so each part and component of your solution is made or machined in-house.
Once you are is satisfied with the solution, our engineers will deliver and install it at your facility. We offer complete documentation and training for your employees. Our team can also remotely troubleshoot your system to help keep you up and running.
We will Provide Vision Guidance
Do you need that high speed CoaXpress interface? Why should you care about the polychromatic diffraction modulation transfer function? How do graphics processing units, convolutional neural networks, and deep learning fit together? We have the experience required to simplify machine vision and get you the best solution to meet your needs.
Let us be your easy button
Keeping machines going in a plant is tough and machine vision systems are no exception. If you ever have an issue, all you need to do is tell us there is a problem and we will tell you when it is fixed.
Open System Integrator
In the course of developing so many solutions, Fitz-Thors has experience integrating with many brands/makers of cameras, sensors, and other equipment including: Cognex • Keyence • MVTec / HALCON • Optronis • SICK • Siemens. With no exclusive partnerships or other binding limitations, we are able to select the components that best fit your project’s parameters. In determining the function of the machine or process and understanding your ROI goals, we can choose the hardware and software that produce no more or less than your desired result.
Anatomy of a Machine Vision System
Lighting can make or break a machine vision system. Knowing how to create the right lighting solution is critical to the success and reliability of any machine vision system.
All image sensors are not created equal. Knowing what is needed from the image sensor is critically important when selecting a camera. The ideal image sensor for an application may be used by one camera manufacturer and not another.
There is a lot more to cameras than just resolution. Having more pixels is not always better. The perfect camera might not have the perfect lens available for a given project. Having the experience to know how to select the optimum camera saves the customer money upfront, cycle time, and improves overall system reliability.
The lens can make or break a solution. A 12mm focal length C-mount lens will not necessarily be the same as another 12mm focal length C-mount lens. Knowing which lens to select can make or break a machine vision system.
Even after you have selected a lens, lighting, camera, and camera interface, you still have to decide what image formats or types you want and most cameras have more than one option. A solution can be improved or impaired by the selection of the appropriate image type.
There are a wide variety of different options available when it comes to selecting a processing solution. The hardware and software used to extract information from the image is the most dominant factor in determining the overall cycle time of a machine vision system. Knowing how to select the right hardware and software to meet the needs of the project is critical to achieving satisfactory results.
Now that the image is captured, it must be analyzed to accomplish the goal of the process. Programming can allow the image analysis to occur in real time to communicate a Pass/Fail or scan and validate a part before shipping, for example. Each job is unique, based on factors such as environmental lighting conditions. Engineers must be able to code the equipment to your performance and integration specs and also control things like image transfer and controller speeds plus establish deep machine learning in some cases.