Visual Quality Inspection: enhance quality control in industrial environments

Automated defect detection improves quality assurance and safety

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Increase efficiency, reduce production delays, minimise risk 

Quality control in manufacturing, logistics, warehouse and similar environments is a critical but expensive and time-consuming process. In a complex or high-speed environment, human inspectors may struggle to keep pace, or may become distracted or fatigued — potentially leading to defects, anomalies and other issues being missed.

As a result, defective or improperly packaged products can get shipped, industrial processes can incur downtime, and worker safety can even be compromised.

 

Maintain consistently high standards with video-based inspections

With an intelligent video-based solution you can make visual quality inspection a much more consistent, reliable process. At Konica Minolta we've developed Visual Quality Inspection (VQI) solutions based on smart IoT-based Mobotix video cameras combined  with FORXAI, our imaging IoT platform. FORXAI enables immediate AI-based processing of camera images and video — on site or in the cloud — enabling visual inspection of any production, logistics, warehouse or other industrial process.

Our VQI solutions are designed to take over the task of constant monitoring from human inspectors, and provide more consistency than the naked eye.

We work with our customers to understand what thresholds to measure against when identifying defects, and customise the built-in algorithm accordingly. A VQI solution can be trained to detect a wide range of issues and anomalies — such as scratches, cracks, tears, holes, poor seals, missing components, dirt, leaks or damp patches, and foreign objects. When an issue is detected, the solution can send or sound an alert in real time. Alternatively, it can be integrated with your existing systems and equipment to automate an immediate action, such as removing a defective item from the production line.

As a result, organisations experience less production downtime, fewer product returns and less waste; and maintain safer working environments.

Our VQI solutions include:
  • Box defect detection in production and logistics environments, helping to ensure boxes are free from dirt and damage before being packed with goods for shipping. Defective boxes are automatically removed from the production line, and dirty boxes are sent for washing.
  • Continuous surface inspection to help ensure the integrity of sheet-form and other products that require a smooth surface free from defects like scratches, tears and glue leaks.
  • Assembly quality inspection to guard against errors and defects in product or machine assembly such as missing, loose or badly fitted components.

 

Your benefits at a glance



Consistently high levels of visual quality inspection at all times


Alerting to anomalies or other issues enabling rapid automated or human intervention


Reduction in production downtime, manufacturing delays and excess costs caused by defective products


Increase in product or packaging quality, leading to benefits such as increased customer satisfaction and less waste


Easy-to-use dashboards support real-time action as well as historical analysis

1. What are the characteristics of smart video cameras?

Smart video cameras, such as our IoT-enabled Mobotix range, combine visual, thermal, audio and sensor data to enable reliable, consistent visual quality inspection. Mobotix cameras are robust and durable (no moving parts), consume very little power, deliver exceptional image quality, and enable data analysis. With 360 hemispherical or 180 degree panoramic views, there are no blind spots, so a large area can be covered by fewer cameras.

2. How secure are Mobotix video cameras?

By maintaining software development and testing in our own secure facility in Germany, Konica Minolta leads the industry in cybersecurity for video surveillance ecosystems. Our hardware and software products are regularly tested by independent third-party digital security experts to assess and confirm their ability to protect against cyberattacks. In 2021, the leading German institute for penetration tests, SySS GmbH, recertified the Mobotix 7 intelligent video platform and Mobotix Mx6 security cameras, confirming their high standard of cybersecurity.

3. When is visual quality inspection used?

4. How do Visual Quality Inspection (VQI) solutions help my business?

By identifying quality issues with product and packaging in a range of manufacturing, logistics, warehouse and other environments, Konica Minolta VQI solutions can help you:

  • Increase customer satisfaction
  • Reduce the excess costs of production downtime
  • Reduce product returns and wasted products
  • Maintain workplace safety

Highest Quality Standards through zero-defect production

Do you work with quality control inside an assembly line using human inspection? Are you spending lots of valuable time checking for cracks, deformation, dirtiness and missing or incorrect components in your products? Learn here how automated visual quality inspection can support you and help to save time and money.

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