A subfield of artificial intelligence (AI), machine vision is advancing quickly and has the capacity to revolutionise many industries worldwide. Since it heavily relies on visual processing, it is no wonder that integrating high-precision optical components is crucial to its operation. In this blog, Knight Optical, a major supplier of metrology-tested optical components, delves into the rise of machine vision and other automation systems in various sectors.
Robotics and automation have greatly enhanced the development of oil and gas by improving maintenance and repair, production efficiency, and safety monitoring. These systems are often equipped with advanced components such as sensors and cameras, with optical components being particularly crucial to their performance. Here, Knight Optical, a leading provider of high-precision optical components, explores the application of robotics and autonomous technology in the oil and gas industry.
As we reflect on history, we can observe numerous systems with resemblances to robots. In fact, some concepts of robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) are speculated to date back to ancient times. The resourceful Ancient Greeks, for instance, created sophisticated automated puppet theatres1, while the Ancient Egyptians devised ingenious mechanical operating systems embodied in figurines2. Fast-forwarding to the present era, significant progress has been made since the days of Ancient Greece and Egypt. Nevertheless, it is evident that the fundamental mechanics of some contemporary systems bear similarities to those of antiquity.