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Optics for Machine Vision Practitioners (Video course)
man speaking with green starburst behind him Two colorful line diagrams illustrating light properties Diffraction pattern as seen through a drinking glass Man gesturing in a lab

A four-part video course:

  1. What is light
  2. Properties of Light
  3. Light in Action
  4. Advanced Topics About Light

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Benchmarking Imaging

A how-to video on benchmarking the imaging of a machine vision system to insure reproduceability, reliability, and maintainability.



Risk Management

Person climing the side of a rock faceEvery project has risk, and machine vision projects are no exception. To achieve your potential in machine vision, you need tools that efficiently enable you to manage risks. This paper gives you tools to simplify estimating the probability and impact of risks as well as techniques for managing the risks you identify.

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Optics for Machine Vision Practitioners (Paper)

Swirl of colorsMost of us working in machine vision have only minimal education in optics. Yet, many of the most vexing problems in machine vision are grounded in optics or, perhaps, a limited understanding of optics. This paper gives you the background in optical principles that apply to machine vision without unnecessary theory.

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Lamps for Machine Vision

purple lightbulbSince LEDs have come to dominate machine vision lighting, very little thought is given to the array of possible light sources available. This paper provides you with an overview of the various light sources you can choose and the advantages and disadvantages of each. Knowing about the various light sources helps prepare you to select the right light source to address more advanced machine vision applications.

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Imaging Design Benchmarking

People examining dataSuppose you develop a good imaging solution for machine vision. Can you confidently move it from the lab into implementation? Can you replicate it at a later date? Can you tell if its performance has deteriorated and needs maintenance? Can you show others that you have the ability to perform these functions? This paper explains how you can easily and quickly benchmark your vision design’s imaging to be able to verify in the future that it is substantially the same as when you designed it.

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3D Imaging Techniques or Nineteen Ways to Do 3D Imaging

12 red cubesThree-dimensional imaging is an important and growing capability in machine vision. One challenge is that there are many ways to acquire a 3D image. Some techniques are widely used in machine vision. Other techniques are relatively specialized for certain, usually scientific research, applications. This paper provides a catalog of techniques and provides you with the ability to make an informed choice of 3D imaging techniques.

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Greater Success with Machine Vision

Man at a computer very happy at his successWhy is it that some people struggle applying machine vision while other people seem to manage it successfully? This paper gives three reasons to the problem and solutions for each one.

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Vision System Parameters

Dialog box of camera parametersThis paper identifies three classes of parameters in machine vision systems, what part of the machine vision process they impact, and when and by whom they should be changed. Knowing the different parameters enables you to architect a vision system for both more flexibility and more operational security.

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Notes on Fitting to a Line or Challenges to the Square Root of N

Fitting together pieces of red clothIf you use machine vision to make measurements, then you need to read this short paper. In machine vision, sub-pixel resolution is a major factor in making measurements. While solidly grounded in theory and proven in practice, there are certain assumptions that make it work. These assumptions can be violated with the wrong, yet very typical, setup of a vision system. See how a slight modification in the mounting of a camera might dramatically improve the performance of your vision system.

Notes on Fitting to a Line or Challenges to the Square Root of N: Read the PDF ...
Ten Important Considerations

Close up of pool balls, 10 ball in frontDo you want to prioritize your attention to avoid common pitfalls in applying machine vision? This paper identifies ten of the most common pitfalls that complicate machine vision projects, not because they are difficult, but because they are often relegated to lower priority than they deserve. Read the list and make your management of vision projects more effective.

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Ten More Important Considerations

Close up of pool balls, 10 ball in frontBuilding on the original ten considerations, this whitepaper identifies ten more critical considerations when developing a machine vision system. Paying attention to these ten areas, as well as the original ten, will enhance your effectiveness in managing machine vision projects.

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