VisionChina Shanghai

The rise of low-code AI-based solutions

With over 300 exhibitors and 90,000 visitors, VisionChina Shanghai was a welcomed event for our team post-COVID — and the three-day event did not disappoint.

In our standard booth space, we had four product demonstrations ready for visitors:

Automated Applications

Our eBUS Studio development platform reduces complexity, cost, and time for manufacturers and integrators designing and deploying AI and machine vision. The intuitive “low code” software development platform delivers unique capabilities to connect and configure imaging devices, design and deploy custom, open source and third-party machine vision and AI inspection applications on a flexible range of processing options, and seamlessly integrate with critical manufacturing systems. We demonstrated object detection with a small inline system recreated in our booth with screws detected on a running conveyor belt.

Edge Processing

For edge processing, our eBUS Edge processor is an asset to machine learning and AI capabilities. Adding eBUS Edge to the CPU’s software stack turns any device into a fully compliant GigE Vision GenICam device that supports image transfer and enables the device to respond to control requests from the host controller. End users can use any standard-compliant third-party image processing system by using eBUS Edge. Booth visitors were able to see how a high-resolution camera for industrial robotics was operating as a fully compliant GigE Vision device with eBUS Edge.

Manual Manufacturing

Our team also introduced Vaira, a camera-based solution that can be quickly and easily deployed with pre-packaged machine vision and AI capabilities to digitize quality inspection and traceability. The solution is powered by a scalable suite of shop floor-ready apps built for frontline manufacturing and assembly operations. With two-way integration to resource planning tools, Vaira helps streamline processes and drive analysis-based continuous improvement. We demonstrated this with a barcode scanner connected to Vaira’s Product Tracker app, illustrating how to capture, store, and share images and operator notes and product details of every outgoing visually inspected or manually assembled product for traceability, inventory management, batch tracking, and to speed customer issue resolution.

EVIs and EFGs

Finally, we also displayed our collection of industry-leading Embedded Video Interfaces and External frame grabbers for GigE Vision Standards. Pleora’s embedded interfaces are compact, high-performance boards and IP core solutions supporting highly reliable GigE Vision and USB3 Vision connectivity for cameras, X-ray detectors, and other imaging devices. Our external frame grabbers convert existing imaging sources into GigE Vision or USB3 Vision devices, ideal for systems where control and analysis are handled by computing platforms with no space for traditional PCI frame grabbers.

In our conversations, most visitors had a high interest in simplified AI solutions that offer quick and easy application development and deployment capabilities. When we mentioned how our AI is trained based on operator decisions in real-time, using as little as one “good image” for AI model training, it reinforced our understanding of market urgency for low-code AI-based solutions.

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