Continuous Surface Inspection

Video-based detection of surface imperfections

A video analytics solution that sees more than the naked eye

For companies that manufacture or use products in sheet form, or that require a reliably smooth surface, any defect or anomaly can be problematic. Even if it's feasible to employ human inspectors to monitor surfaces, they may not be able to spot every defect.

A video-based visual inspection solution that incorporates artificial intelligence (AI) can transform and automate your continuous surface inspection process, and help minimise the chances of surface defects leading to unusable or wasted products, production downtime, or jammed machinery — all of which can lead to manufacturing delays and increased costs.

Konica Minolta's Video Quality Inspection (VQI) solution combines our smart IoT-based Mobotix video cameras with FORXAI, our imaging IoT platform. FORXAI enables immediate AI-based processing of camera images and video — on site or in the cloud — to screen, monitor, measure and analyse against pre-defined thresholds or other criteria.
Unlike human inspectors, our VQI solution for Continuous Surface Inspection doesn't become tired or distracted. It performs inspections consistently — even unattended; analyses what it sees against pre-defined thresholds or other criteria; and alerts operators to detected imperfections in real time so that they can take action. The solution also provides statistics and reporting to enable further analysis and support business decision-making.


Customer benefits

Customers using our VQI solution for Continuous Surface Inspection include:

A manufacturer of insulating walls that uses transparent glue to stick the layers together, and needs to identify glue leakages on the final layer before starting the cutting process.

A cheese sheet manufacturer that needs to detect quality-affecting anomalies — such as splits, holes, damp patches and product misplacement — as the cheese sheets come out of the dryer.

An industrial printer for whom paper quality issues can lead to costly machine downtime. As well as alerting operators to wrinkles, tears and other paper defects, the solution provides data to support compensation claims submitted to the paper manufacturer.

Detect and alert to surface defects

Increase inspection consistency and capacity compared with human inspectors

Help raise the quality of products being manufactured, reducing waste and raising customer satisfaction

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

Why Konica Minolta for Video Solution Service – Making the invisible visible

Konica Minoltas intelligent video system can solve problems in all areas: Ensuring safety in a factory unit, registering vehicles to detecting movement, communicating with the network or triggering alarms if necessary. The solution also allows you to analyse the customer behaviour.

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Continuous Surface Inspection