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.

2Powered by the integrated graphics engine of 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor family, MIX-H310A1 supports 4K display output, as well as HDCP (optional) protection over HDMI display ports.

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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

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.

ECO System for Machine Vision

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 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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AAEON with Intelligent Vending partners team announces the next generation Vending Machine

The new solution for next-generation Vending Machine is realized in collaboration with the main Intelligent Vending Partner of AAEON – Invenda, and technology partners – AIM for AI and VISA for the payments.

AAEON Technology Europe BV announces the new, outstanding solution in partnership with Invenda, AIM2, Selecta, and VISA. At the European Vending & Coffee Service Association event in Seville, EVEX (15-16th November) AAEON will showcase the machine which will help to ease integration of the new solutions, such direct, targeted marketing at POS, data collection,  optimize product display and offerings, cost saving but also eliminate waste and minimizing OPEX.

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Each Vending Machine is connected to the backend cloud service through the secure network connection (HTTPS) and will communicate over encrypted channels. Also, the solution will result in efficient servicing and cost saving, digitalization of customer interaction (individually optimized) and real-time inventory, transaction details, and complete machine status.
The power of AAEON edge computing solutions allowed the additional integration of Artificial Intelligence-based solution from AIM2, for audience recognition and cataloging, ID and product recognition, all on the edge without the need of any cloud-based AI solution.
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The machine we are showing at “EVEX” offers independent modules for:

• Device management / centralized monitoring
• Device inventory and automated pricing
• Digital signage / marketing
• Transaction and location data collection
• Facial recognition with statistics and targeted marketing Analytics for
dynamic content generation, product selection, optimization based on customers and environment, predictive servicing, filling, and maintenance
• Biometric payment capability

Merging different expertise we could put together new technologies that are revolutionizing several aspects of the classic machines.
AAEON off the shelf hardware for Intelligent Vending and Artificial Intelligence help to ease the integration of new solutions on existing vending machines, such as motor control, payment integration, customer and product recognition.
Invenda’s solution revolutionizes every aspect of automated retail from how the customer approaches the machine to how operators select products. It enhances existing revenue streams and introduces new ones.
This solution can be easily deployed in whole or in part within new or existing infrastructure and machines.
The showcased machine is an old Selecta Wurlitzers, eliminating wastage and minimizing OPEX.
The ground-breaking solution is entirely modular to address all vending industry needs today and long into the future. The intelligent software can recognize customers and environmental conditions to display targeted offers and campaigns.

About AAEON:
Established in 1992, AAEON is a leading designer and manufacturer of professional, intelligent IoT solutions. Committed to innovative engineering, AAEON provides reliable and high-quality computing platforms, including industrial motherboards and systems, industrial displays, rugged tablets, embedded controllers, network appliances, and related accessories. In addition to integrated solutions. AAEON also provide the services and tooling for premier OEM/ODM and system integrators, worldwide. Being an Associate Member of the Intel® Internet of Things Solutions Alliance, AAEON offer customized end-to-end services from initial product conceptualization and board product development to mass manufacturing and after-sales service programs. AAEON hold a GSA government contract (#GS 35F-0470Y) serving Federal, State & Local government sectors. Visit www.aaeon.com and http://www.intelligentvending.eu/  to browse our expansive line of products and services.

About Invenda:
Invenda revolutionizes retail with innovation and automation.
Invenda has built a brain with artificial intelligence for vending machines providing centralized device management with real-time inventory, product bundling, digital signage, and demographically optimized experiences. Our IoT solution is based on a highly distributed, scalable and resilient network of devices.

About AGILELAB – AIM2
Active since 2014, Agile Lab is an R&D company focused on the development of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence Applications. AIM2 is the new brand created by Agile Lab to develop specific solutions for AI on the Edge with a dedicated focus to Computer Vision.

About VISA:
VISA is a global payments technology company working to enable consumers businesses, banks, and governments to use digital currency. VISA to connects consumers, businesses, banks, and governments in more than 200 countries and territories worldwide.

About Selecta Group
Headquartered in Switzerland since 1957, Selecta is a European leader in unattended self-serve coffee and convenience food, operating in 16 European countries. An annual turnover of EUR 1.5 billion is a testament to the passion and dedication of more than 9,000 highly skilled Selecta employees, providing great quality coffee brands and convenient food and beverages concepts for the workplace, on-the-go as well as hotels, restaurants,
and cafes (“HoReCa”). For further information, please visit www.selecta.com

AAEON Releases its BOXER-6841M for Edge AI and Machine Vision Applications

AAEON has introduced the BOXER-6841M, a box PC designed for edge AI and machine vision applications. The controller comes in six different models, with four AI versions featuring PCIe(x16) slots for the installation of Nvidia GPUs, and two machine vision versions including a pair of PCIe(x8) slots for frame grabber cards.

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The BOXER-6841M devices are designed to support either Intel Core i desktop or Xeon server-grade CPUs, and they all possess up to 32GB of DDR4 ECC or non-ECC SODIMM memory and two 2.5-inch drive bays.

AAEON designed the BOXER-6841M with two 12Vdc power inputs in an effort to support the high power requirements of up to 250W GPUs for the four AI models. This will help reduce costs and stabilize the system more by diminishing the level of unused heat that would be produced by a single 24V input.

 

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Each BOXER-6841M SKU has five GbE LAN ports, four USB3.0 ports, two HDMI ports, dual mSATA slots, and an additional PCIe(x1) slot. The machine vision models can also support up to five COM ports to support legacy devices.

“The BOXER-6841M is a range of computers rather than a single machine, and that means we can answer our customers’ image processing requirements, whatever they might be,” said Ethan Chiu, system platform division product manager at AAEON.

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