Machine Vision Applications
Human vision is one of the most important senses involved in perceiving our environment. The technology of machine vision emulates this perceptual capability by combining imaging sensors, an information processing system incorporating the necessary algorithms and integrated mechatronics.
The advantage machine vision has over the human eye is that it can use a wide variety of sensors, provides reproducible results and is capable of processing huge amounts of data in real time. The wide variety of sensors available allows spectral diversification and provides the opportunity to examine not only the surface of an object but also its interior properties. The sensor technologies applied extend beyond the visible spectrum and generally also include 2D and 3D imaging sensors for use in the NIR, IR, ultrasound and x-ray ranges, laser scanners as well as CT and MR imaging modalities.
JOANNEUM RESEARCH has gained sound technological expertise in these areas over the past decades and translated this knowledge into successful applications. Many of these application oriented technologies are the result of our team’s enthusiasm for understanding customer processes and their challenges and an emotional involvement with the final product (aviation, sports, food industry etc.). This primarily concerns applications in automation and robotics as well as the product creation process in general.
The research projects also provided the basis for establishing a wide network of national and international research partners and state-of-the-art laboratory infrastructure, including an image processing lab, a conveyor line, a mobile robot platform and flexible equipment for 2D and 3D shape measurement. This allows the Institute to carry out proof of concept studies efficiently and quickly, including the manufacture of industrial prototypes. Support in research and product development can be provided in compliance with the ISO13485 standard for medical devices.