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.
Scientific Optical components play a crucial role in medical research and diagnosis in universities worldwide. In laboratories, they’re used to examine biological specimens, create images, and perform other important tasks. From microscopes to spectrophotometers, optics are essential in advancing medical knowledge and treatment. As a trusted global supplier of high-quality optical components for dominant medical universities, here Knight Optical provides insight into some of the optics that are found in these labs and the applications they’re being used for.
Knight Optical, the leading supplier of on-spec, metrology-tested optics, is proud to announce that it now offers a new range of high-spec components, Calomel Infrared (IR) Polarisers. In this Spotlight blog, we run through everything you need to know about these highly birefringent crystal polarisers and uncover some of their typical uses.
Here at Knight Optical, some of our premium-quality optical components have played a key role in shooting some of the world’s most legendary blockbuster movies, not to mention addictive TV programmes, aired worldwide. From Neutral-Density (ND) and Dichroic Filters to Polarisers, Optical Domes, and Lenses – such as Fresnel and Wide-Angle varieties, for example – there’s a wide variety of high-precision optical components that help production teams to capture all the action with outstanding results.
Knight Optical, the leading supplier of metrology-tested stock and custom-made optical components, has announced that it will be exhibiting at Subsea Expo 2023. Set to take place from 21st to 23rd February at Aberdeen’s state-of-the-art event venue P&J Live, Subsea Expo is the world’s largest subsea exhibition and conference.
You may know them best for their original use in lighthouses, where they’re famously recognised as “the invention that saved a million ships”. Or perhaps you initially think of their employment in traffic light design, where they’re used for the same inherent advantages. But, in recent years, Fresnel Lenses, and their unique characteristics, have been recognised and tapped into by a different sector – the virtual reality (VR) industry.
If you’re an avid follower of our blogs, you’ll know that we’re passionate about technologies (both current and old), pioneering, unique systems and remarkable, new methods of doing things. As we reach the end of quarter one for 2022, we look back on the last year and highlight some of the most exciting technologies of 2021.