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Image Processing VDI/VDE/VDMA 2632 Part 2 Standard Clarified and Expanded

The guideline VDI/VDE/VDMA 2632 Part 2 provides instructions for the creation of a requirement specification for industrial image processing systems and thus supports communication between suppliers of image processing systems and users in the project phase. Significant attention was paid to the presentation and description of influencing factors and their effects. This enables the project partners to identify influencing factors at an early stage during planning and to jointly develop optimised solutions, which are recorded accordingly in the specifications.

The draft, published in May 2024, is a revised version of the 2015 edition. VDI/VDE/VDMA 2632 Part 2 now integrates the guidelines for the acceptance of an image processing system (Sheet 3) and for the testing of classification performance (Sheet 3.1) and asks for the necessary framework conditions in order to define the procedure for acceptance and performance evaluation transparently for both sides and to implement them in a practicable manner. In doing so, the draft directive consistently draws on the terminology of industrial image processing specified in 2023 in VDI/VDE/VDMA 2632 Part 1. The successful acceptance of an image processing system is only the beginning of the productive part of its life cycle. The draft guideline now provides further key points in order to specify the requirements for the system in operation as comprehensively as possible in terms of design, documentation, operation, maintenance, service and flexibility for new tasks. Objections to the guideline can be submitted via until 31.07.2024.

Role of Image Processing in Manufacturing

Industrial manufacturing processes are characterized by ever-increasing automation and ever-increasing demands on manufacturing quality. In many cases, this is only made possible by the use of image processing (BV). The manufactured products must be monitored reliably, objectively, as fully automatically as possible and in relation to defined product and quality specifications. Here, industrial image processing with its methods and procedures for production automation, automatic visual inspection and non-contact measurement technology is an important component.

“In the communication between providers and users of image processing systems, especially for the creation of a requirement and functional specification, the guideline VDI/VDE/VDMA 2632 Part 2 is a valuable basis. The clearer and more unambiguous the framework conditions and requirements are specified in a project, the lower the project risk for both sides,” says Dr. Heiko Frohn, CTO of VITRONIC Dr.-Ing. Stein GmbH. “I don’t know of any comparable openly accessible and widely accepted template in this context.”

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