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How SMore VS1000 Easily Detects Barcodes Under Harsh Conditions

Efficiency is always the key to competition between various enterprises in manufacturing. With the purpose of higher efficiency, 1D and 2D barcode, which can be read by machines, were invented for better tracking, production control, and automatic recognition. The more efficient you can read the barcode, the faster you can recognize the product model, specifications, and much other information.

However, the barcode may not be easily read by common code scanners, especially under harsh conditions, such as narrow space, fast running production lines, uneven surfaces, dark light, and hard-to-read materials. That’s why our SMore VS1000 was created to help you detect barcodes under harsh conditions.

5 pillars supporting our SMore VS1000 

1.DPM supported

With Smart Grid, our advanced sampling technology, SMore VS1000 is able to read the barcode on materials precisely, and even reading seriously distorted barcode will no longer be difficult.

2.High compatibility

More image characteristics can be collected using deep learning technology. Our SMore VS1000 is able to better pinpoint the barcode under a variety of scenarios by collecting more features about the barcode.

3.High performance of code reading

SMore VS1000 shows high performance of code reading, attributed to its advantages from both hardware and software:

  • Equipped with a 4-core SMP processor, SMore VS1000 makes full use of multithreading and improves the performance by 6 times compared with the single-core scanner.
  • Using SIMD, the operator of the traditional image algorithm is optimized with the vector instruction set, and the operator performance is improved by 5 times.
  • The asynchronous processing mechanism is adopted on the central processing unit and external devices, improving the use efficiency of CPU, FPU, and external hardware devices, and reducing the response time of the system by 30%.
  • SMore VS1000 can enhance the image contrast and reduce image noise, using the built-in megapixel image sensor, Smart Grid, and deep learning algorithm; with four kinds of lenses, the code reading can be carried out at different distances, and small-size code can also be recognized.

4.Customized delivery

We are able to deliver the customized SMore VS1000 with our self-developed algorithm.

5.Gigabit Ethernet

Among the same level products, Gigabit Ethernet, SMore VS1000 is used for more smooth image transmission, and the on-site debugging can get rid of the jam.

A New Era of Smart Manufacturing

With the above 5 pillars, SMore VS1000 shows a high degree of flexibility and ease of use. It also delivers a good performance in recognizing DPM on different materials as it can be customized.

With SMore VS1000, our smart code scanner, SmartMore Technology enables the manufacturing industry to achieve smart upgrading and improve production efficiency in an all-round way.

How We Transform Quality Inspection in Manufacturing

The significance of quality inspection in manufacturing can never be underrated, as bad quality can ruin even the best of products.

However, many factories still resort to human quality inspectors to manually inspect their products, which is more costly, less efficient, and prone to errors. In 2021, quality control still relied up to around 80% on human resources for manual inspection. Therefore, any company managing to reduce the proportion of manual inspection will likely take the lead in the competition.

In order to address the above issue, we would like to offer our smart solutions:

  • Automatic inspection
  • Compatible model
  • Optical design
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Algorithm R&D

Automatic inspection

Many manufacturers prefer automatic inspection to human inspection because no further value is created during the quality inspection. With automatic inspection, skilled inspectors will be released to focus on the work with higher value.

Fortunately, our team consists of engineers with automation know-how and practical experience in system architecture, mechanical design, electronics, and communications. With such a team, we are able to offer you solutions that can automatically inspect your products.

Take our SMore ViMo for example. SMore ViMo is an online industrial AI platform helping you perform model training tasks based on our leading deep learning capabilities. You can apply the trained models to your production line, enabling you to inspect the products automatically.

Compatible model

Worrying about the compatibility of our trained models is unnecessary.

Let’s still take our SMore ViMo for example. Trained models can be exported from SMore ViMo into SDK, supporting a range of mainstream programming languages, such as Python, C, C++, and others.

In other words, no matter what industrial software you are using, our SDK of trained models will be compatible with your software.

Our SMore ViMo is an end-to-end general platform that provides full-stack smart capabilities for the entire industrial manufacturing process.

Optical design

If SMore ViMo is our smart brain for training models, then SMore ViScanner is our smart eye for capturing images of your products.

A scanner without excellent optical performance cannot be called a good scanner. Our scanners are able to capture images and read code reliably under harsh conditions, attributed to our optical engineers who are adept at configuring the cameras, models, and light sources.

Our ViScanner is highly flexible and easy to use.

Hardware acceleration

AI projects usually demand high requirements for computing power or hardware specifications, but that is not the case for SmartMore.

Why? The answer is that our engineers make full use of chip architecture and optimize the model code. Our R&D team achieves the ISP level by maximizing the computing performance on your CPU+GPU/NPU/AI chips.

For example, 1 GPU will be sufficient for our SMore ViMo to train models when many other AI projects require 2 GPUs. Therefore, you may not need to purchase more high-level hardware, further lowering your cost.

Algorithm R&D

Our competitive solutions can never be accomplished without the backup of R&D team.

Led by our founder, Jiaya Jia, a professor of Department of Computer Science and Engineering at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), our R&D team consist of various technical talents where 60% of them hold doctoral or postgraduate degrees, accounting for over 75% of our employees in total.

We are also one of the earliest teams in the world engaging in machine vision technology. We have accumulated more than 20 years of world-leading academic and scientific research experience with the core technology capabilities of matrix-style computer vision.

SmartMore helps you build the smart factory.

Our 5 Solutions to smart manufacturing

In today’s market where competition is increasingly fierce, a company equipped with the process of automatic inspection will likely triumph over its rivals. With our 5 solutions, upgrading into smart manufacturing will be at your fingertips.

  • Automatic inspection
  • Compatible model
  • Optical design
  • Hardware acceleration
  • Algorithm R&D

Please feel free to contact us for more information.

How SMore ViMo accelerates automatic detection in Automotive

As the market conditions is complex and competitve, quality controll is an indispensable part to automotive industry since a large number of items can’t be handled mannully.There is an upward trend for improving inspection performance in the production process. One of the world’s top auto parts manufacturers adopted SMore ViMo to their car production line and successfully achived unmanned inspection for the “future factory”.

Gearbox bearing defect detection

Project Review

The client is a leading global supplier of integrated automotive and industrial products, known for its bearings. The project aims to detect marks and flaws on the bearing, stay away from various interruption factors such as uncleanness, fibers, hair etc.

Solution and application effect

Successfully realized multi-category inspection based on SMore ViMo inspection module. To achieve comprehensive inspection, the processing speed of the production line is less than 0.2 seconds/slice with the average daily processing more than 20,000 materials. which led to 80% of labor cost savings.

Auto radiator defect detection

The unmanned quality inspection project of the “smart factory” of one of the world’s top 500 companies.

Project Review

The project inspection materials are large, and at the same time need to carry out a full inspection of defects such as missing corners, bending, scratches, etc. Each object requires four quality inspectors to inspect and seal the test, to determine whether it is a qualified product, the efficiency of manual inspection is difficult to improve, the urgent need to introduce intelligent inspection solutions.

Solution and application effect

The SMore ViMo detection module is used to complete the integrated solution of imaging and algorithm.

The processing speed is less than 0.1 sec/slice and the average daily processing exceed 56,000 samples, the realization of this comprehensive inspection led to a labor cost saving to 96% as well.

SMore ViMo in the field of Consumer Electronics

SMore ViMo covers more than 1,000 application scenarios in consumer electronics, automotive, new energy and pan-industrial industries, enabling more than 300 tasks such as defect detection, visual localization, OCR recognition, target classification, etc. It has provided services to the world’s top 500 companies, including the world’s largest consumer electronics manufacturer, the world’s top auto parts manufacturer, and Asia’s largest LCD panel manufacturer, bringing technological capabilities to the traditional manufacturing industry.

Wireless headphone charging coil detection

More than 20 types of difficult defect detection classes, passing the ARR test of the world’s largest smart terminal brand manufacturer in terms of market capitalization.

Project Overview

As the world’s largest smart terminal brand manufacturer in terms of market capitalization, the purpose is to introduce high technology in the production process for appearance defect detection, and improve product quality and reduce the rework rate. The project has more than 20 types of categories to be tested, plenty testing areas and types with high accuracy requirements.

Solution and application effect

According to the defect categories, the inspection area of the material is divided into seven parts, and the detection and segmentation module of SMore ViMo is used to build a multi-model solution, and the model is accelerated and optimized to reduce the processing speed to 0.2 sec/chip.

The processing speed is less than 0.2 sec/slice, 25,000+ inspections per production line per day, and labor cost is reduced by 95%.

Smartwatch Character Recognition

The first intelligent OCR project of the smart terminal brand manufacturer that has the highest global market capitalization in the world.

Project Overview

Before a smartwatch enters the sales process, the manufacturer descends to assign a unique material number to each product for product tracking and after-sales service. Since the material length of engraved numbers is usually less than 5mm, the engraving form varies, and the number recognition accuracy rate is as high as 99%, the manufacturer was slow to introduce traditional OCR technology.

Solution and Application Effect

SMore ViMo’s intelligent OCR recognition module, which can recognize characters on materials in particular environments and engraving processes.

The daily average processing amount exceed 170,000 materials to achieve fully automated identification of the production line, with the processing speed of less than 0.1 second/each. The overall recognition rate of the technology is greater than or equal to 99%, the character recognition rate is higher than 99.9%.

Wireless charger core device appearance inspection

The first project that had pass the ARR test of the client for multiple defects in appearance

Project Overview

The client of this project is a well-known wireless communication equipment provider in China. There is an urgent need for automated equipment to replace manpower in the production process of the device, due to the high requirements of quality and efficiency of appearance inspection, and the large manpower input. The inspection sub-categories required by the project include moon glue offset, crush, broken, foreign body, wrinkle, 2D code offset, 2D code missing, 2D code printing defect, etc.

Solution and Application Effect

SmartMore created intelligent appearance defect detection automation equipment based on SMore ViMo classification, segmentation, 2D code recognition and other modules. The equipment provides OK/NG material differentiation, 14 types of fine defect detection for NG materials and 6 major categories of sub-assembly tray, etc., which comprehensively improves the inspection efficiency of the production line and provides data for manufacturing process analysis.

The efficiency of achieving full inspection has been increased by 2 times, the detection rate is higher than 99% and the over-inspection rate is less than 1%. The daily average processing amount exceed 100,000 in the processing speed of less than 0.3 seconds/chip.

SmartMore UHD solution–SMore Media Enhancement System

According to the Technavio report, the overall size of the UHD video industry is projected to exceed USD56.99 billion in 2025, with huge prospects for the industry. However, during the transition period of UHD industry upgrade, there will be many obstacles, such as the expensive cost of upgrading both UHD production and broadcasting platform, and also the video quality of existing HD media materials cannot meet UHD broadcasting standards.

In response to the problems faced by the UHD video industry, SmartMore created the SMore Media Enhancement System with intelligent super-resolution based on its long-term technical accumulation. The system is cost-effective and easy to deploy, and one set can help users complete the upconversion of video from SD to HD and HD to UHD in batch, 7*24 hours a day.

As we all know, the traditional upconversion algorithm does not help to improve the video’s quality. But SMore Media Enhancement System realized the function of improving video quality as well as the brightness level, moreover, the motion picture is more smooth and the color is more vivid, which can fully meet the technical requirements for broadcasting on UHD platform. The whole system is built in accordance with the industry standard of broadcasting and film production, compatible with the mainstream encoding formats on the market, and the rich interface can be seamlessly connected with various existing production and broadcasting systems. Users can successfully complete the industrial transition of UHD video through the “SMore Media” video enhancement system, avoiding the huge cost of upgrading the production and broadcasting platform in the early stage, and colleagues can also change the old media resources to meet the existing platform broadcast requirements, so that the old drama can be “new flowers “and obtain new vitality.

One of the head domestic sports event broadcasters has applied the system in its 2021 production of sports matches. The PGM signal recorded by the HD OB van is converted to ultra-high-definition format by the “SMore Media” video enhancement system and then sent to the 4K TV platform for broadcast. The video quality after the algorithm processing was unanimously approved by industry experts and was evaluated to meet the technical requirements for 4K broadcasting. Thanks to the help of the “SMore Media” video enhancement system, future broadcasting will not be limited by hardware restrictions such as OB trucks and will be able to save costs and output high-quality UHD sports programs.

SmartMore will continue to provide professional video intelligent processing services through technological innovation and provide the industry with a full-chain, one-stop content production solution. At present, “SMore Media” family covers video enhancement systems, video restoration systems, video transcoding systems, and other products, covering the whole industrial chain of UHD program content production and old video restoration. The product series are as below.