AI@Edge: AI Vision in Automated Optical Inspection

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Introduction

Automated Optical Inspection, or AOI for short, is a crucial step in manufacturing printed circuit boards (PCB) carried out by machine vision controllers. However, as components become increasingly compact and complex, machine vision systems struggle to keep up. What is needed is an AI-based solution. Machine vision is often thought of as a kind of AI when, in reality, it is not actually intelligent. Machine vision requires every step and condition to be programmed, and cannot “learn” like AI Systems can.
One company is creating an AI solution to powering AOI. Their solution offers reduced time to set up and deploy, as AI can be trained to identify faults and defects. However, AOI is a highly intensive process, requiring several challenges to be addressed. AOI demands high processing speeds and power, the ability to connect with a range of cameras and sensors, and the ability to process visual data quickly.

Solution

Working closely with the company, AAEON helped determine the best solution to be the powerful BOXER-6841M with AI Core XP8. The BOXER-6841M is a powerful system built for heavy-duty machine vision tasks. Together with the AI Core XP8, a PCIe [x4] card featuring eight Intel Movidius Myriad X VPUs, the system is a high-performance AI platform capable of handling the most demanding of visual applications, including AOI. With this powerful system, the company is able to provide manufacturers with a solution that can quickly adapt to new product lines, learn new faults and defects, and be quickly deployed to any industrial setting.

Product

The BOXER-6841M system from AAEON is a powerful embedded industrial PC built for the most demanding of machine vision and AI Edge applications for industrial embedded computing. The BOXER-6841M supports the 7th Generation Intel® Core™ and Xeon™ Server Grade processors for high-end computing power. The BOXER-6841M range offers a combination of expansion options for frame grabber cards or AI accelerators.

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The AI Core XP8 from AAEON is a PCIe [x4] expansion card featuring eight Intel® Movidius™ Myriad™ X VPUs. This innovative module offers speeds up to 840 fps (560 fps typical) to help power the most demanding of AI applications. The AI Core XP8 is compatible with the Intel OpenVINO toolkit, AI frameworks such as TensorFlow, and can operate with the user’s own AI inference software.

You can read more about this story and others on our website, along with detailed product descriptions for the BOXER-6841M.

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AAEON Introduces the Intelligent Street Light

Bright street lighting improves road safety, helps to reduce crime, and makes cities more vibrant and attractive places for both businesses and communities. Traditional street lights, however, are a massive drain on public finances and a major contributor towards climate change. To save money and meet growing public demand for energy efficiency, cities around the world are in the process of replacing old street lights with low-power LEDs. But this upgrade can’t be the end of the story for 21st-century lighting systems. Even if modern cities never sleep, the people who live in them do, and lights don’t need to shine at the same intensity throughout the night.

In the smart cities of the future, we need a way to manage when – and how brightly – public lights shine. With a network of sensors and intelligent management systems, AAEONIntelligent Lighting Controls can respond to real-time factors to dim or turn on and off lights on a system-wide, specified-group, or individual level. With this technology, we can begin shaping the smart cities of the future right here in the present.

Thanks to this, Intelligent Street Light System, implementing Smart City solutions is easier than ever, allowing more cities to save energy, reduce CO2 emissions, and reduce maintenance costs. The time and money saved by Intelligent Street Lights can allow Smart Cities to invest in upgrading other facilities and provide financial flexibility.

For more, check our brochure or contact us at sales@aaeon.eu

AAEON’s latest innovation of industrial motherboard line

MIX-H310A1 is AAEON’s latest innovation of its Mini-ITX industrial motherboard line, empowered by 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family (formerly Coffee Lake). With the optimized performance by increased core count, up to 6 cores, and the refined graphics engine, MIX-H310A1 meets the requirements for graphic-intensive and high-performance computing applications in machine vision, kiosk and robotics. With the integrated graphics engine of 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, MIX-H310A1 supports 4K display, as well as mainstream display functionality including HDMI 1.4 and HDCP. Designed for IoT enhancement, MIX-H310A1 comes with 4 Intel®-powered Gigabit LAN ports for external IP cameras, critical for image processing and recognition applications.

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4The 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family optimizes the processor performance over previous generations by offering up to 6 cores with hyper-threading, which makes MIX-H310A1 the optimal Mini-ITX motherboard for IoT and A.I. applications where multitasking performance is critical.

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MIX-H310A1 provides 4 Intel®-empowered Gigabit LAN ports to connect with external IP cameras for image-processing/recognition applications including machine vision, robotics and kiosks. The LAN port density can be further expanded with compatible adapter cards.

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Features:

  • 8th Gen. Intel® Core™ LGA1151 Processor
  • DDR4 SODIMM x 2, Up to 32 GB
  • M.2 Slot (M key) x 1, M.2 Slot (E key) x 1
  • USB 3.0 Port x 4, USB 2.0 Port x 4
  • Intel® LAN 211AT x 3, 219V for iAMT 12.0 x 1
  • SATA 6.0 Gb/s x 2
  • PCI-Express [x16] (Gen3) x 1
  • ATX Power5

Smart Wireless Manufacturing For 4th Industrial Revolution

AAEON and Ericsson close the gap between operation, information and communication technologies 

AAEON is proud to announce a smart wireless manufacturing partnership with Ericsson, one of the leading providers of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) to service providers, with about 40% of the world’s mobile traffic carried through their networks.


Currently, the majority of factories are already automated to a certain extent by extracting the data from the machines via cables. Together with Ericsson, we enable interconnected solutions, band collective intelligence, easier digitalization of factory assets and plant infrastructure by retrofitting of sensors and introducing cellular connectivity.


Gateways have to embed several industrial protocols to support wireless sensors. To have flexible and reconfigurable production lines, it is sound to connect the whole production line via the gateway and do further analysis to derive valuable insights. With our partner, we can start this today.


Smart Wireless Manufacturing is the foundation to support and accelerate the 4th industrial revolution; transforming factories and plants with cellular technology (4G/5G). While industries have successfully automated many processes, there are still progress to be made to achieve intelligent automation on a much larger scale.


Secure wireless connectivity creates the digital foundation in which manufacturing can increase productivity, performance, and limit unnecessary human intervention. To successfully connect everything on site, the network must cater to a pair of categories:

  • highly critical,
  • real-time applications (robotics),
  • massive monitoring of assets


“We are excited to see how industrial device ecosystem is taking shape to fully enable wireless communication with NB IoT /CATM1, LTE, and future 5G” -says Erik Josefsson, Head of Advanced Industries at Ericsson.


Ericsson presents Smart Wireless Manufacturing and compares the rationale behind cellular wireless to today’s alternatives. Our offering closes the gap between operation, information and communication technologies and realizes new savings and value in the plant.

“AAEON commits in a transformation from wired to cellular connectivity in industrial 4.0 and offers the path from PoC to field deployment. Here we present a wide portfolio of LTE enabled and CE-RED certified the industrial gateways” – explains Fabrizio Del Maffeo, General Manager at AAEON Technology Europe. 

Envision the Future of Machine Vision!

AAEON provides complete machine vision solutions. In addition to manufacturing vision controllers, AAEON cooperates with many different partners, including camera vendors like Basler, FLIR, IDS, and Baumer, and also machine vision software vendors like Mvtec Merlic and Halcon. Also, AAEON’s BOX PCs are compatible with CameraLink and CoaXpress Frame Grabber Cards, as AAEON has worked with Euresys on these technologies.

AAEON’s quality assurance tests always follow strict protocols to ensure that controllers, cameras, and software systems can work together smoothly and be completely compatible. Our tireless dedication to innovation and improvement means that when you buy AAEON products, you’re buying tried and tested technologies that won’t let you down.

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Application: Quality inspection System

Experienced manufacturers know that product or packaging flaws give their brand a bad image. Improving quality control procedures has typically been both expensive and time-consuming, but AAEON has developed a system that allows manufacturers to reduce operational costs and material waste, minimize the risk of recalls, and protect their brand image.

To ensure product quality when manufacturing, vendors usually set up three separate quality inspection procedures: “Purchased Materials Inspection,” “Semi-complete Product Inspection,” and “Finished Product Inspection.” These inspections cover factors such as “barcode,” “parts,” “size,” and “on-product wording.”

Customer’s Requirements:

▸Simultaneous support for multiple cameras to enable different types of high-speed inspection

▸Support for 3-5M Pixel, 30 FPS Camera

▸Be equipped with kinds of an interface to be able to connect to PLC, motors, light controllers, and displays

▸Be dust-proof, vibration resistant, and fanless, and it should be capable of working 24/7 in high-temperature, high-humidity conditions since it will be installed in harsh industrial environments

▸Powerful computing capability

▸Easily programmable machine vision software to meet different customer needs

Quality Inspection DEMO KIT

BOXER-6640M
Fanless Embedded Box PC with 6th/7th Generation Intel® Core™ Desktop Processor and Multi GbE LAN & USB3.0

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The perfect companion for Military use

The new, AAEON`s  Rugged tablet RTC-1010 will make it an indispensable tool for the military, tough factory automation applications, and people who spend their working days out in the field.”

AAEON Europe, a major developer of advanced industrial solutions, launches the RTC-1010, a 10.1” rugged tablet computer with an extensive IO interface and a series of user-friendly hardware features.

The RTC-1010’s specifications, flexibility, and usability will make it an indispensable tool for a range of rugged applications.
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The robust new AAEON tablet features an LCD bonded with a scratch-resistant projected capacitive multi-touch screen. It has an operating temperature range of -20°C to 50°C, is IP65 compliant, can withstand drops from a height of 122cm, and meets MIL-STD-810G standards, so strong resistance to vibrations is guaranteed.

The device is powered by an Intel Pentium/Celeron processor and supports both Windows 10 IoT and Android 8.1 operating systems. It has onboard 4GB DDR3L memory and 64GB eMMC storage, and an additional 512GB of mSATA storage can be added via an internal Mini Card slot.

The tablet features a 2MP front camera and 8MP rear camera with flash. It has 2D barcode, smart card, and NFC readers, and it can be customized to include a magnetic stripe reader. Multiple USB3.0 and USB2.0 ports along with micro HDMI, COM and LAN ports enable greater functionality and connections to peripherals devices.

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The RTC-1010 comes with inbuilt WiFi and Bluetooth, and a 4G LTE module can be added via a second Mini Card slot. The system’s wireless capabilities also include GPS, Beidou, or alternative navigation solutions.

To maximize ease of use, the tablet is fitted with a hot-swappable battery, and AAEON has also developed a series of accessories including hand and shoulder straps, a docking station, and a charging dock.

Speaking about the new device, AAEON Rugged Mobile Division product manager Peter Yang said: “The RTC-1010’s rugged specifications, flexibility, and usability will make it an indispensable tool for the military, tough factory automation applications, and people who spend their working days out in the field.”

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Trialed and trusted

Leaning on our extensive experience making 10” rugged tablets, the RTC-1010 will prove itself through all kinds of circumstances, defying heavy rain, dust, sand, snow and mud during your intensive day at the job. Dropping it will not give you the terror shock-and-awe you normally have dropping your consumer-grade tablet.
It is your ideal (maintenance/service) tool in any factory -and logistics environment making use of the various I/O’s, optional 1D/2D Barcode Scanner and NFC/RFID Reader.

Getting you through the day

Working long days? No problem for the RTC-1010. The internal and hot-swappable battery will make sure you get your work done.
The connectivity features on the RTC-1010 are WiFi, BlueTooth, GPS, 4G, 4 USB ports, an Ethernet port and COM port to ensure accurate positioning, fast data response and full connectivity whether in a car, bus, truck or even harvester. The vehicle docking station will even provide extra (back-up) connectivity through even more physical USB, Ethernet and COM-ports.
Furthermore, the 8MP auto-focus camera with flash will create the right picture for you in any environment, whether you are documenting damage to goods upon delivery or making scenery pictures for your factory machine maintenance reports.

Expandability

The RTC-1010 is a very versatile unit offering the flexibility to scale your needs with different accessories.
The RTC-1010 comes optionally with several ergonomic accessories such as a shoulder strap and comfortable hand strap to allow to take some weight of you and allow you to keep working.
Furthermore, the vehicle docking station will give you the capability to charge the RTC-1010 and, through the 2 extra USB ports and COM port you can add extra peripherals to it, such as a keyboard/pad, mouse, Barcode reader, UHF RFID reader, forklift sensor, etc. The docking station also provides for physical Ethernet port for legacy devices for connectivity to a Vehicle PC server or IP camera.

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The complete solution for your private LoRaWAN™ network

AAEON Technology Europe created with ResIOT an industrial solution to serve your LPWAN LoRaWAN™ based projects.
Regardless of the size of your installation, we can provide you with a reliable and professional solution from data gathering and ingestion up to device management, data analysis, and visualization.
We created a scalable product that comes with pre-configured modes cloud-based projects or on-premise cases.

The ResIOT platform can be used free of charge up to 15 Devices and 1 LoRaWAN™ Gateway into Cloud mode or up to 5 Devices and 1 LoRaWAN™ Gateway & Network Server into the on-premise mode.

Check Here for the Startup Guide

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Buy the Solution Kit

The AAEON Indoor LoRaWAN™ certified edge gateway & network server AIOT-ILRA01 offers a great computational power into a 5Watt Intel ATOM® processor. The x86  platform allows flexible development environment and put no constraints to the installation of development components; moreover, it enables the possibility of running concurrent tasks to the ones dedicated to LoRaWAN™ operations, making real the concept of edge multi-service gateway.  The I/O interfaces (HDMI, USB, USB OTG) ensure an easy startup and debug, while the GbLAN port and the optional WiFi and Bluetooth offer complete connectivity. The 8-channel industrial radio, based on IMST solution, guarantee the full compatibility with the standards and the connectivity with LoRaWAN™ end devices.

ResIOT is the world first platform for professional LoRaWAN™/LPWAN Networks and IoT Projects for Smart City or Industry 4.0. Cost-effective High availability and scalability. It is the IoT Platform that provides all the necessary software to manage networks with millions of devices but also to manage a small private network.

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It is composed by an Application/Automation/Data adapters Server that is the heart of the platform, manages all configured data, maintains the link with all ResIOT™ LoRaWan™ Network Servers and all other connectors, provides a web interface for configuration but also for the creation of IoT projects, manages the data automation, data store in the database and many other features.

The LoRaWAN™ Network Server manages all the features of the LoRaWAN™ network, such as node authentication, encryption key maintenance, uplink management, and downlink transmission through all the base stations/gateways of the LPWAN network.

The LoRaWAN™ Base Station/Gateway Server is the main component for connection to all the LoRaWAN™ Base Station / Gateway of the network. Allows the receipt and transmission of all data from the LoRaWAN™ devices and collects the monitoring data of each Base Station / Gateway. ResIOT™ LoRaWAN Base Station / Gateway Server communicates with ResIOT™ LoRaWan Network Server and ResIOT™ IoT Application / Automation / Data adapters Server with MQTT protocol.

The LoRaWAN™ Base Station/Gateway Packet forwarder is the component that is installed on the Base Station / Gateway. It allows the management of the LoRa radio cards, takes care of the transmission and reception of all data and constantly communicates with the ResIOT™ component LoRaWAN™ Base Station / Gateway Server. Available for AAEON and other brands gateways. It also allows to remotely configure data such as a gain antenna, frequencies, server connection parameters, etc.

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