3 ways to use Machine Vision for Automotive

November 01, 2019

From raw materials to road-ready vehicles, the automotive industry encompasses a massive ecosystem of suppliers and manufacturers who all need to ensure their products meet the highest standards. With Samsara Machine Vision, automotive companies can improve quality and efficiency across their production lines with full visibility. We explore how Machine Vision can apply to common use cases within the automotive industry below.

Assembly & Quality Verification

Machine Vision can confirm all pieces and parts are assembled to specifications with no missing components or quality issues. From incomplete seatbelt stitching to missing bolts, Machine Vision can be quickly and easily configured to identify assembly and quality errors for your use case. This includes more nuanced validation requirements such as:

  • Presence: Is this gasket ring present on my device?

  • Angle: What angle is this driveshaft set up at?

  • Defects: Does my brakepad contain chips or blemishes?

  • Color: Is this car hood the right shade of blue?

Component Traceability

With built-in traceability features, Machine Vision enables you to verify and record barcode information directly in the dashboard. Whether you’re on-site or on the go, our dashboard allows you to identify which products were inspected, when they were inspected, and whether they passed the inspection. Over two dozen types of barcodes are supported, and data formats include number strings, website links, character strings, and other encoded data.

Part Dimensioning

Machine Vision offers a number of features that allow you to easily inspect the shape and dimensions of auto parts. With built-in edge and contour detection features, Machine Vision allows for more nuanced validation requirements such as:

  • Measurements: How wide is this piston?

  • Angle: What angles are my fasteners set at?

  • Counting: How many screw holes in my wheel hub have a diameter of at least 10mm?

As automotive suppliers must meet stringent requirements set by federal regulators, OEMs, and other parts suppliers, the ability to quickly and easily ensure production quality means avoiding costly recalls and operational downtime. With a central dashboard offering built-in traceability, quality specialists can instantly review production quality metrics and reduce blind spots without being on-site. Additionally, always-on cameras and easily configurable inspections reduce manual QA costs and enable seamless changeovers, no matter how many products you need to inspect. Samsara Machine Vision ensures that quality scales with your business. 

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