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Machine Vision Overview Brochure
General overview of FSI Machine Vision products and services including full systems, smart cameras, lighting & optics, training, APS program and software capabilities.

FSI Machine Vision Consulting, Engineering & Lab Services 
Details on FSI’s research and consulting services, including feasibility studies, and vision specification development. Let FSI be your “Machine Vision Architect.”

Machine Vision Application Data Sheet (Also called the VAS) 
This is an excellent guide to specifying your requirements and other relevant details of your application to us so that we may go to work on it in our lab or engineering department.

General Intro Tri-Fold Brochure 
General introduction to FSI’s history, products and services, including encoders and machine vision.
  APS Assured Path to Success: When Failure is Not an Option
Details on FSI’s unique APS program: a partnership based approach to a successful machine vision solution. This program covers project inception through long term ownership.

FAQ’s regarding FSI’s Consulting & Engineering Services 
More information about our services, including “The 5 Misconceptions about Machine Vision.”

Training Catalog, including course descriptions 
You can also visit our Training page for schedules and course descriptions.






     
General Machine Vision Information
Specular, Diffuse, Bright Field & Dark Field Lighting Basics 
Handout selected from FSI Machine Vision training course handouts. Defines and illustrates the fundamentals of these lighting conditions, provides a brief introduction to their uses, and shows configurations that obtain and use them.

Machine Vision Gauging Accuracy Topics 
Publication provides information and recommendation in the most often-confused areas including:
  • The relation between machine vision accuracy and meeting part tolerances
  • Mathematics of interpreting verification processes
  • How to specify and obtain measurements on imperfect geometric objects, when those definitions normally require ideal figures.

  False Rejects in Machine Vision Based Automatic Inspection Systems 
The topic of false rejects is examined first with respect to achievement of performance objectives, and then with respect to specification and project administration. The relation of technical, human and specification factors to this topic is examined.

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Magazine Articles:
White Light for Machine Vision Applications
"White" light is light that contains a mixture of wavelengths from a wide range of the visible light spectrum. Read the full article written by Fred Turek and published in the December 2015 issue of Quality Magazine.
  3-D Imaging: A Practical Overview for Machine Vision
Read this informative article on the strengths and weaknesses of using 3D imaging in Machine Vision, written BY FRED TUREK
     
Now You See Me…Non-Visible Machine Vision Applications Increase
AIA Online Feature Article by Winn Hardin. Features FSI’s GS Series of 3D Sensors, and comments by Fred Turek.

Introduction to Neural Net Machine Vision
Vision Systems Design article, written by Fred Turek.
Neural networks offer improved classification capabilities for machine-vision systems. Within a machine-vision program, neural networks can be used as a tool in the chain of events prior to a final decision or used to make a final decision. More commonly, neural nets are used on portions of applications where the required decision is an interaction between multiple variables, and/or where a thorough or explicit definition of the decision criteria is not available.
  Machine Vision Fundamentals: How to Make Robots ‘See’.
NASA Tech Briefs article, written by Fred Turek
Machine vision combines a range of technologies to provide useful outputs from the acquisition and analysis of images. Used primarily for inspection and robot guidance, the process must be done reliably enough for industrial automation. This article provides an introduction of how today’s machine vision technology guides basic robotic functions.
     
Backlight Basics: A backlight isn't necessarily a backlight.
This article discusses alternate ways backlights can be used. Published in Quality Magazine.BY FRED TUREK AND KIM JACKSON
 
     
NeuroCheck Specific:
NeuroCheck- Application Software for Industrial Vision Systems (6.0) Brochure 
The newest document from NeuroCheck discusses the features, functions, algorithms, and advantages to the latest version of this powerful software.

NeuroCheck Triggering & Image Acquisition 
Handout selected from FSI Machine Vision training course handouts. Notes on programming and behavior of NeuroCheck with respect to acquisition of images and triggering.

NeuroCheck Serial Communication Notes 

CVS-700 features 
The CVS-700 features extensive power and flexibility in factory-built standardized machine vision systems. Powered by NeuroCheck, a world standard in Machine Vision software See the CVS-700 brochure for more details on the features and options. 

FireCube Jr. Data Sheet 

Automatic Check Routine Selection in Neuro-Check Powered Units 
Here are some additional notes regarding check routine selection via discrete I/O and the serial port.

NeuroCheck Demo Software
If you want to form your own opinion of NeuroCheck's abilities, we will be pleased to provide you with a free demo version. The demo version is fully functional, including samples files and on-line help. The only limitation is that you cannot use any of the hardware components required for an automatic installation such as imaging and output hardware. The demo version can read and process bitmap image data and output the results to a screen. Fill out the Contact information or call and we’ll be happy to send it right out.

  NeuroCheck 5 Features 
Details and features of NeuroCheck 5 software. Included are the concept, application areas, and image processing functions.

NeuroCheck Program Flow Notes, publication 
Handout selected from training course handouts. Covers standard (default) program flow and abilities to modify it such as conditional branching

NeuroCheck Application Notes 
Details on specific NeuroCheck applications such as Print Quality Inspection, Character Recognition, Presence Verfication, Robot Guidance, Pattern Recognition and Gauging.

Specifying and Ordering Guide for CVS-700 Vision Systems 
A complete family of separate-camera vision systems powered by NeuroCheck. It’s hardware choices and NeuroCheck engine combine to encompass nearly every imaginable hardware or software feature and capability. Choices and variables include: include: NeuroCheck Version, operating system, processor speed, camera resolution, gray scale / color, interlaced/non-interlaced, area scan / line scan, camera enclosure type, image capturing and processing options, physical configuration enclosure type of CVP (central vision processor), discrete input type and quantity, discrete output type and quantity, data interface types, optional built-in displays, quantity of cameras, Ethernet port, oversized enclosure/slots/power supply for additional expandability, Profibus port, zip drive and other options.







     
EVT Specific

EyeSpector & EyeVision Tools 
A partial listing of the machine vision tools available in the EyeSpector and EyeVision product families. Each listing shows the EyeVision software icon followed by the tool name and a brief description of it’s purpose.

Particle Inspector by EVT 
The Particle Inspector by EVT - a must-have in all clean rooms.

ES SolarEye 
Allows for the precise control of the postion of each solar cell throughout production.

EyeSpector All-in-one 
EyeSpector all-in-one machine vision solution. The smarter choice.

Books

“Industrial Image Processing, Visual Quality Control in Manufacturing” by Christian. Demant and other core NeuroCheck personnel Published by Springer- (Berlin Heidelberg New York)
ISBN 3-540-66410-6. ISBN-13: 978-3540664109
Available direct from Amazon (www.amazon.com) priced US$ 117.00.


This is the definitive book on automatic visual inspection covering industrial and machine vision solutions. In contrast to other digital image processing books on the market, this volume demonstrates how the various methods work together in real-world applications instead of stringing together isolated algorithms and formulas.

The author's years of experience in developing industrial vision systems resulted in a completely new kind of introduction to the practical application of digital image processing. Treatment throughout the book is based on real-world problems, addressing the industrial practitioner as well as the student interested in modern methods of automated production and quality control. Of course, theory and algorithms are not neglected, but the focus is always on the practical application.

A demo version of NeuroCheck together with comprehensive image material enables the reader to do his own experiments on real-world images from industrial production. "Actually," said one of the editors, "we wrote the book I would have liked to have got my hands on when I started working in this field."