Sunday, October 14, 2012

Where the volume is

Everyone in machine vision wants volume. It’s where the money is, but so few applications are more than one or two-offs. Food inspection, as detailed in “Machine Vision Helps Food Processors Cut OverheadCosts,” on the Vision Online website (October 9th, 2012,) is a notable exception.

Everyone eats food, which is probably why there are so many inspection opportunities. Few though match the application writer Winn Hardin described thus, “The machine builder typically sells 50 sorting machines per year, requiring 400 machine vision camera solutions.”

Mr. Hardin doesn’t name the particular builder, although you could do the same as me and Google the type of application.

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