Automated Surface Inspection

Key considerations when adopting machine vision inspection

Monday 31st July, 2017

At Shelton each machine vision inspection solution is tailor made for our customers and their exact needs, we never apply a one size fits all approach.

There are however, some key considerations that are applicable to all types of machine vision solutions.


Correct lighting is critical to a successful machine vision installation. A substandard lighting arrangement will prevent the system from working to its optimum potential.

It may result in additional engineering time needed, reduced reliability or perhaps increased image processing times to achieve a working system.

Key questions to consider:

  1. Colour – Does the inspection system require the use of colour or monochrome technology?
  2. Geometry –  What is the shape and size of the surface?
  3. Surface – Is the surface reflective or matt?
  4. Longevity – How long will the lighting need to be in operation?

Backlighting vs. Front Lighting

Choosing the correct method here will depend upon your individual requirements. We can help point you in the right direction once we know what your end goals are and how they may be achieved.

Lenses and Sensors

The lens is another critical component that needs to be considered at an early stage when building your vision inspection system.

Vision system types

Bespoke PC based vision systems can be configured from our vast range of machine vision components.

Line scan cameras

Even the best line scan cameras would fail to meet requirements in isolation. Shelton vision systems use machine vision based software developed with multi-layer programming

Talk to Shelton about machine vision inspection

Learn more about how machine vision inspection systems could increase your profits by getting in touch with Shelton Vision today for an informal and confidential discussion. Please get in touch by completing our online contact form or by calling one of our team on 0116 279 0920.

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