Machine Vision Solution Accelerating Smart Manufacturing

Manufacturing will never be the same again: the industry has taken a quantum leap forward in the past 12 months with smart factories becoming a core component of Industry 4.0. Designed to meet the needs of today’s market, these high-tech factories of the future are more computerised, connected and digitised; providing technological solutions to address specific pain points. One such solution is the Ericsson Connected Machine Vision (ECMV), a software platform that’s enabling enterprises to introduce machine vision solutions in their production lines – dramatically accelerating innovation.

ECMV is a revolutionary software platform that enables an easy to use, cost efficient and highly flexible machine vision solution for the manufacturing industry. It uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence to support multiple cameras and multiple use cases through a single system making the solution easy to scale and meet the specific needs of multiple production lines and factories.  

The majority of conventional machine vision solutions are standalone and highly integrated hardware products. This means they require specially designed hardware and software in a bundle and can only perform one-off tasks. In contrast, ECMV uses a new solution architecture that decouples software and hardware and leverages the cloud-edge infrastructure. ECMV can support multiple connected cameras and easily deploy new features – making the solution much more flexible and expandable. This allows enterprise customers to introduce machine vision solutions in their production lines at a significantly lower cost. 

A Significant Cost Reduction

Real-world testing has demonstrated enterprises can significantly reduce their costs by switching to ECMV, with overall savings expected to increase further when more cameras are connected to the system. Connecting multiple cameras into the platform makes it easier easy to reconfigure and scale up when needed.  Furthermore, our advanced AI technology ensures quick converging, enabling better performance and higher tolerance in a real manufacturing environment.   

Easy to Reconfigure and Scale

With manufacturers moving from massive production to flexible production, it’s unlikely a production line will produce the same product in exactly the same way for months or even days. To meet the need for flexible production, the product line design must be easily adaptable for new products, new materials and new processes. This requires cameras used for visual tasks to be adjusted accordingly. To reconfigure a conventional machine vision solution usually takes at least several days and requires specially trained engineers. In contrast, ECMV can be updated over-the-air and reconfigured by a non-expert engineer in just hours.

The use of standalone machine vision solutions in production facilities is causing isolated information silos – an I.T. management headache. To tackle this issue the need for a company-wide machine vision platform, such as ECMV, is growing in the manufacturing industry. 

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