Altus Offers Intelligent Systems with Kitov to Drastically Improve Manual Inspection

As conventional assembly and high labour processes come under the spotlight, manual inspection of box build and final assembly has been uncovered as a considerable pain point and labour drain for high value sub-assemblies. To alleviate this problem Altus Group, a leading supplier of capital equipment in the UK and Ireland, has a range of intelligent inspection solutions including KITOV ONE.

KITOV provides innovative fully automated inspection solutions which joins 3D computer vision algorithms and artificial intelligence to reliably and consistently detect and classify critical defects without human intervention. This ensures mistakes from manual visual inspection are eliminated.

Anthony Oh, Technical Applications Manager- Altus Group Ltd. said: “The processes of human inspection require high levels of care and attention however, the risk of human error is inevitable.  Defects like scratches, screw wear, connection port damage, text readability, missing parts and much more can be missed. This results in rejected goods, scrapped assemblies or the need for rework. This is costly not only financially and terms of time, but also for a company’s quality management and reputation.

“Incorporating an intelligent inspection system is integral to successful electronics manufacture. KITOV ONE is a prime example of a solution that will help to improve quality and efficiency. It is a highly flexible system that can be incorporated seamlessly into an automated or manual final assembly process. The system includes full 3D coverage and is based on a unique design that comprises a robotic arm and a high-accuracy rotating table. This design imitates the way humans look for defects and facilitates the collection of multiple images of the inspected product from various angles, positions and illumination conditions. The KITOV ONE deskills the inspection process and offers and unprecedented consistency in inspection performance and product traceability when comparing against a human inspector.

“KITOV ONE harnesses 3D computer vision algorithms and artificial intelligence, such as machine learning and deep learning, to reliably and consistently detect and classify critical defects without human intervention. Thanks to its repeatability and built in traceability the ROI is significant and we see the KITOV ONE as the new Koh Young of final assembly inspection,” concluded Anthony.

KITOV ONE features an intuitive method to teach the system how to optimally inspect almost any product.  Setting up the system does not require programming skills or knowledge of robotics or optics. Its software computes and controls the processes of image acquisition and image processing by using pre-set algorithms called detectors. Artificial intelligence capabilities are used to find and classify defects with complex 3D structures, numerous materials, and complete inspection specifications.

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