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“Quick Wins” for Manufacturing Automation and Manual Processes

: Throughout 2022, we’ve attended numerous manufacturing trade shows, including exhibiting, walking the floor, and speaking during educational or “state of the industry” panels. As a technology solutions provider, these are always great opportunities for us to get a first-hand, end-user view on challenges, requirements, and adoption hurdles. Two of the most significant takeaways for me from …

The Food and Beverage Industry [in Canada] is Under-digitized

: The Canadian food & beverage industry has grown by 5% in 2021, 4.1% in 2022, and is expected to grow another 11.6% by the end of 2025 — yet according to Statistics Canada’s 2022 BDC Food and Beverage Industry Report, the Canadian manufacturers in the sector are substantially under-digitized. “The food industry has lagged behind other sectors …

Taking Apps and Integrations on the Road

: It’s no real secret, but the key to successful product development is listening to customers and understanding their pain points. The best products have continued to evolve to meet new and changing end-user needs. I’ll use mobile phones as a great example, where my first device untethered me from a wired desk phone and made me …

How to Build a Digital Process for Traceability

: Digital Transformation has become such a buzzword recently, especially for markets with high-value manufactured products and highly regulated industries. But, what is it about digital transformation that draws attention? Is it only the idea of digitizing all paper-based processes, or are people hungry for something deeper? For many manufacturers, digital traceability is the first item …

The Democratization of AI-Powered Inspection

: Humans do an excellent job at visual inspection. We can spot differences, learn quickly, learn by example, and we are highly adaptable. Unfortunately, when we get tired, bored, or distracted, we tend to make mistakes. Because humans are so great at variation and adaptability many manufacturers rely on human inspection at key production points in …

How No-code and Low-code are Driving Manufacturing “Apps”

: There is a No-code revolution happening, and it is happening everywhere. Within the school system students as young as kinder age are beginning to learn the foundations and concepts of “coding” — all without an actual requirement for a written line of code. No-code visual programming tools are used in schools, thanks to concepts like MIT Scratch (ScratchJr: …

I Want the Best of Both Worlds

: “I want the best of both worlds.” I don’t think Sammy Hagar was singing about machine vision and AI while fronting Van Halen (as a second-rate replacement for David Lee Roth, but that’s a topic for a whole other blog), but it’s a hot topic for manufacturers. Undoubtedly, there’s a lot of hype around AI. …

The Manufacturing Challenge and Automate 2022

: What a return to live events Automate 2022! Hosted in Detroit by the A3 Association for Advancing Automation, the four-day event showcasing the latest and greatest technologies for the manufacturing industry brought together over 20,000 attendees and 500 exhibitors. Pleora’s booth was a busy destination, with manufacturers and integrators checking out live demos of “hybrid …

Visual Inspection for Electronics Manufacturing

: There are several points in an electronics manufacturing or assembly process where a combination of machine vision automation and new AI tools can help improve product quality. Depending on the manufacturer or the product, human visual inspection is often still an important step in the production process. For example, in short-run or custom manufacturing, it …

Are You Protected with Just AOI?

: Having worked with many Electronics Manufacturers (and being in Manufacturing ourselves) we know that the industry strives for top quality standards and aims to achieve 0% in quality escapes. This is especially evident in highly regulated industries like the Medical, Aerospace and Defense markets. Automated Optical Inspection (AOI) has come a long way since its inception. …