We create solutions with our vision systems. We focus on the solution - the vision system is our tool. We strive to find the right solution - well working, robust, user friendly and with minimum maintenance.
First step is specification. In co-operation with the user we write up a requirement specification. Often samples, drawings and pictures are used as part of the specification. The requirement specification must be sufficiently good to be understood by both parties. We use only our most experienced engineers for this purpose to keep the focus on relevant issues only. Often a brief conversation is enough to sufficiently determine the requirements. Written specification is an integral part of VA's quotations and is normally included at no cost.
Next step is analysis. Often the analysis is a test session where samples are measured using a vision system. The test is done to determine components, illumination, camera position and inspection methods. During the test we often collect a number of inspection images to include with the functional specification. An experienced project engineer uses a few hours for the test. This test is done at no cost and is in most cases sufficient to completely determine the solution. Every vision system application is different since requirements are never the same. Regardless of the big differences in applications we can in the majority of cases solve the application using one of our standard vision systems.
We now have the requirements and the technical solution. We specify the function of the solution from the requirements - including position of optical components, used inspection tools and the function in practice often with reference to the inspection images taken directly from the vision system. We compile a complete list of equipment needed to solve the application and we naturally state a fixed price.
We try to be effective and to avoid wasting our customers' time and money on futile studies and irrelevant problems. We have experience from countless applications and discussions with both users and machine designers. We use our knowledge and experience to quickly and effectively reach a solution that will work in practice. We try to have a 'no non-sense' attitude towards our own solutions - we offer plain answers and as precise information as possible. We communicate openly with our customers without any technology nonsense and poses. We also say if we do no believe in the application - we do not want to implement a 99 % solution if 100 % is needed or to install a vision system where a photocell would do the job.
A vision system solution cannot be explained completely using only words and still pictures. Vision Automation recommends that you always insist on a demonstration of the vision system and the proposed solution with your own products if at all possible. Vision systems are very different in both function and use, this will be clearly revealed when you see it - seeing is believing.
The vision system must interface with the machine. Positions and integration of the components onto the machine must be determined. From experience we know what information the machine designers and PLC programmers need to interface our system to a machine. With the application specific documents we also supply standard guidelines and component documentation so that design can start immediately. We make sure that the solution is robust and can be integrated safely without ridiculous demands on machine tolerances, product transportation etc.
Standard user documentation includes system manual, parts list, schematics and maintenance instructions. Both system manual and on-screen menus are available in several languages. We offer extra documentation to our pharmaceutical customers comprising of IQ/OQ test procedures and similar.
Normally Vision Automation participates in installation, test and commissioning of the vision system. Often we have exceptionally short installation times because both we and our systems are well prepared for the job. A normal installation can if prepared well be completed in approximately 2 days including training of operators and technicians.
New products and changed specifications for existing products put new demands on the vision system in the future. Since our systems are build as 'toolboxes' there is a good chance that changed conditions can be managed simply through a minor change in the system settings. Otherwise the system may be slightly modified by adding an extra camera or installing a newer version of the system software. We continuously expand the system 'toolboxes' with new tools whenever new demands arise.
If you are looking for a professional vision solution that meets your expectations from start to finish then contact Vision Automation.