Currently the products of Saint-Gobain Abrasives in Conflans, France undergo a subjective and imprecise quality control process by manual inspection. This process is to be replaced by a automated inspection system by industrial vision capable of measuring the height and distribution of abrasive grains and operating at production speed. The group surveyed state of the art technology in the field of industrial 2D and 3D vision and consulted experts at workshops hosted by industry leaders, finally proposing a 2D system that could continuously monitor grain height and distribution despite the given constraints. The proposed system could also effectively reduce material waste and limit human exposure to and environmental impact from hazardous resin chemicals by drastic margins.
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