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WHAT IS
FACTORY AUTOMATION?

Factory automation is the use of controllers, algorithms, and sensors to inspect objects or perform repetitive tasks with reduced human oversight. In the past decade, factory automation has become prevalent in the manufacturing sector. Machine vision systems inspect objects and can detect changes in the environment in the same way humans use their eyes to view their surroundings. Fortunately, because it is advancing at such a dramatic rate, machine vision and imaging technologies are driving much of the growth in autonomous manufacturing.

MACHINE VISION IN FACTORY AUTOMATION

Machine vision cameras can capture extremely high-resolution images on sensors that have multiplied in pixel count by several orders of magnitude. Illumination systems have also become orders of magnitude brighter due to advancements in LEDs. These high-resolution sensors and brighter illumination systems combined with powerful and easy-to-use software packages can improve inspection and production throughput at a much lower cost than ever before.

With our wide selection of powerful machine vision cameras and imaging lenses, Edmund Optics has supported the growth of factory automation and its integrators by providing high-performance detection technology. Our customers and partners integrate our factory automation lenses, commonly referred to as FA lenses, into their systems so that machinery can navigate factory environments and can function without operator intervention.

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"Vision & Sensors Lens Selection Guide, Part 1" by Nick Sischka - Quality Vision & Sensors
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