Contour Inspection. Machine vision systems for contour inspection examine the profile of an object using high-resolution cameras and 3D sensors to ensure it is free from deviations (e.g. chips), which affect the shape and thus the function of the product. They also check measurements such as length, width, and radius to ensure they are within set parameters.
Nearly every day a news story is published that proclaims the U.S. manufacturing industry is dead and little if any manufacturing hiring is occurring. Take these claims with a grain of salt. U.S. manufacturers are thriving. But they are not the low tech, unskilled-labor businesses of twenty or thirty years ago. They have integrated so much technology into the manufacturing process that they require highly trained employees.
In most cases companies are attracted to offshore manufacturing because of the tax breaks offered by the host. Also, some home countries do not levy taxes on profits made from overseas manufacturing as long as the profit does not come into the country. This is the other intoxicating factor that makes many companies to invest overseas so as to avoid this taxation.
Think about the current industrial revolution. Before the invention of the automobile, buggy whip manufacturing was a thriving business. No longer. In the same vein, industrial robots hold the promise of eliminating many of the existing jobs in manufacturing. Innovation, centers of excellence. New enterprises promise to replace many of the existing jobs. People need to be flexible, to develop new industries.
Using this image, a computer checks the seam’s consistency along its length. It accurately detects imperfections like profile variations and pores, which weaken the joint, and instructs a robotic burner to rework or repair seams if necessary.