OMRON reports that its F500 vision system has found use in medical applications requiring high resolution. Among the products requiring the 1 million to 2 million pixel resolution are scalpels and radioisotope chemotherapy beads. The former need to be clear of burrs and must be sharp. The latter need to be perfectly round. OMRON says its technology allows for higher speed image transfer rates. Other applications beyond medical for high-resolution imaging: inspection of printed circuit boards, plastic bottles for flash, bottle caps for ovality, and automotive parts such as spark plug gaps and bearing assemblies.
Using wireless chips and accessories, engineers can now extract data from the unlikeliest of places -- pumps, motors, bridges, conveyors, refineries, cooling towers, parking garages, down-hole drills and just about anything else that can benefit from monitoring.
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