Optics for Machine Vision Practitioners (Video Course)

A nine-part video course:

This series of nine videos covers topics in light that are essential knowledge for machine vision practitioners. It covers the nature of light, how light acts, and the basics of how lenses work to focus light and form images. The nine videos are:

  1. What is Light
  2. Properties of Light
  3. Light in Action
  4. Advanced Topics About Light
  5. How Color is Sensed
  6. The Measurement of Light
  7. How Images are Formed
  8. The Resolving Power of a Lens
  9. More Lens Characteristics

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Machine Vision Cameras (Video Course)

A 13-part video course:

This series of videos covers topics in how cameras sense light, how they read the image out of the image sensor, common programmable features, and how cameras interface to the image processor. The thirteen videos are:

  1. Introduction
  2. How Cameras Sense Light
  3. CCD Image Sensors
  4. CMOS Image Sensors
  5. Camera Electronics
  6. Image Noise
  7. Introduction to Camera Interfaces
  8. The GenICam Standard
  9. The Camera Link Interface
  10. The GigE Vision Interface
  11. The USB3 Vision Interface
  12. The CoaXPress Interface
  13. The Camera Link HS Interface

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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.


Fundamentals of Machine Vision

START painted on a road leading off into the sunsetFor people who want to know what machine vision is, how and where it is used, what benefits it has, and, at a very basic level, how it works, this whitepaper gives all that and more. Also included is a brief glossary of common machine vision terms.

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The Vision System Acceptance Test: Defining Done

Clipboard holding a checklist and a penHow do you know when a machine vision project is completed? How can you be sure all contractual obligations are met? The acceptance test answers these and other questions. This whitepaper explains what the acceptance tests covers, where the criteria for the acceptance test come from, when and who performs the acceptance test, and some common difficulties and how they can be handled.

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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 for Machine Vision

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.

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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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