In George Orwell’s 1984, he conceives a futuristic dystopia where Big Brother watches over every citizen. While his concept of constant surveillance of the population is an unwelcome thought, there are situations where an increased level of monitoring can lead to incredible benefits. In this article, Yonatan Hyatt, CTO of autonomous machine vision provider Inspekto, explores the concept of Total QA and the technology that has made it possible.
Total QA means performing quality assurance activity at every stage on the production line and autonomous machine vision is now helping enable this. This is because the systems are available at a lower cost and can be installed by plant personnel in minutes. Additionally, if the QA manager chooses to move the system to another location, it can quickly self-adapt. The integrator-less deployment and reduction in cost means that manufacturers are no longer limited to visual QA only at major junctions. Rather, they can install visual QA at any point they feel necessary.
As well as finding the defects themselves, manufacturers can do root cause analysis to find out why they were introduced. A manufacturer using Total QA can trace through archived data to identify which equipment is the source of the problem and then take steps to correct it. By optimizing the plant in this manner, the QA manager can prevent defects from being introduced in the future.
While surveillance of our day to day activities, like that of Big Brother in Orwell’s 1984, is something best kept in fiction, increased visual QA of our manufacturing lines is not. Enabled by autonomous machine vision, Total QA is a reality — allowing plants to reduce scrap, improve yield and optimize their lines. For more information, visit https://inspekto.com/.