The confluence of operations technology (OT) and information technology (IT) in the manufacturing sector has set the pace for companies to embrace Industry 4.0 principles and build smart factories. As automation takes center stage in manufacturing through the industrial internet of things (IIoT), visibility into different processes becomes key for flawless production. This accentuates the need for best-in-class machine vision and image processing solutions—an area where several companies are vying for the top position.
The advancements in technologies associated with sensors, camera systems, and image processing and data analysis, has simplified the detection of manufacturing errors. Be it tools or apparels, deviations from original design parameters recorded in the produced unit can easily be detected using sophisticated machine vision techniques; needless to the say, the amount of time and labor involved in analyzing the defects is significantly reduced. Given the range of benefits that machine vision can bring to manufacturers, executives overseeing the OT units of business are looking to implement solutions that are scalable and best suit their needs. Correspondingly, the vendors are reaching out to their prospective clients across domains with different budgets for their smart factory projects.
With the intention of helping the C-suite find the best solutions that meet their process-specific requirements, a distinguished panel, comprising CIOs, CEOs, CTOs, analysts, and the CIO Applications editorial board, has evaluated and featured companies with an exceptional track record of transforming manufacturing units into smart factories. In this edition of CIO Applications, we present to you the “Top 10 Machine Vision and Imaging Technology Solution Providers – 2018.”