Machine vision software upgrade
Microscan's AutoVision 2.0 combines a simplified user interface with a powerful toolset for inspection, error proofing, and identification applications.
Microscan's AutoVision 2.0 maintains the same intuitive interface as the initial AutoVision release, but provides additional capabilities, including Verification and OCV (optical character verification) tools to validate print quality, a logic tool for building pass/fail criteria, and support for automated job changeover. AutoVision 2.0 also features Microscan Link for easy connectivity to PLCs and other industrial control systems.
AutoVision 2.0 supports Microscan’s Vision Mini and Vision Hawk Smart Cameras. With compact, fully integrated or C-Mount designs, the hardware line offers a range of solutions for easy integration into systems or existing production lines. The AutoVision suite of products provides an ideal solution for manufacturers who need to read barcodes, but want to add additional inspection capabilities to this process with a single hardware device. For more complex applications, AutoVision can be upgraded to Microscan’s Visionscape platform. The common software architecture across Microscan‘s hardware line enables portability from smart cameras to PC-based systems.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.