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Inspection Software

The Current Face of Inspection Software

Inspection software in manufacturing environments has gone through somewhat of a metamorphosis in the past decade
By Genevieve Diesing
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As quality control continues to be taken more seriously, an increasing amount of companies are making room for inspection equipment in their budgets.


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Smart Cameras

Smart Cameras: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

What to look for in a smart camera today and what to expect in the future.
By Ben Dawson
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Smart, small and flexible—smart cameras combine a standard machine vision camera, programmable processing, communications and sometimes lighting, in a small enclosure.


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Barcode Readers

Barcode Readers Enhanced with JavaScript

Advanced Barcode readers have an embedded Javascript engine that can perform many tasks required by the user
By Tim Cicerchi
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A computer program that is designed for data entry including invoice numbers, serial numbers, and package labels can accept data in two ways.


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Software

Object Identification Made Easy

Object Identification without a bar code or data code is possible
By Lutz Kreutzer and Markus Ulrich
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For machine vision, it would be a silver bullet to identify an object without any imprint like a bar code or data code, but only by sight.


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Machine Vision 101

Will the Cloud and Machine Vision Collide?

CONSIDER THE POSSIBILITIES
By Andy Long
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Before we start discussing this idea it is worth looking at the definition of both “cloud” and “machine vision.”


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Software & Analysis

Modern Reverse Engineering of 3-D Geometry

The purposes for reverse engineering are many and varied, ranging from the need to reproduce an existing product lacking CAD documentation to acquiring sensitive information to determine possible patent infringement
By Steve Kersen
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Many ideas can spring to mind when one hears the term reverse engineering.


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Test & Inspection

Common Problems in Microhardness Testing

By using properly maintained and calibrated equipment, trained personnel, and appropriate testing environments, these problems can be minimized.
By Rich Wismer
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By their nature, microhardness testers are delicate instruments. Extremely light forces must be accurately applied, and the resultant impressions must be precisely measured under high magnification.


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Measurement

Making Better Height Gage Measurements

The quality of the result depends on the instrument and the care with which the operator handles the procedure.
By George Schuetz
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The need for long range height measurements has been around since the principles of layout work became a fundamental requirement in machine shops.


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Case Study

Hardness Testing Assures Quality in Advanced Materials

Hardness testing is often the best way of establishing that components will survive and perform in their intended applications.
By John Piller
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Many new products entering the market today are based on new materials and processes. These new materials are playing increasingly important roles—supporting innovation and boosting competitiveness in technology driven industries.


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Quality 101

In-Process Air Gaging

The terms in-process and air gaging may not immediately sound like they go together, but there are advantages to this method.
By Chris Koehn
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In recent years, we have seen an upward trend of higher production manufacturers wanting to integrate their air gaging quality checks from a stand-alone, outside of machine device where the operator is performing a manual check, to an automated in-process gage.


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 In honor of World Quality Month, we spoke to James Rooney, ASQ Past Chairman of the Board of Directors 2013, for his take on quality around the world.
For more information, read the ASQ Speaking of Quality column.
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