LM3's PAQi, short for picture acquisition and inspection, provides a means to capture quality control images in production for use in warranty claims as well machine vision-based inspection. The PAQi, running on Windows 10 Enterprise IoT, contains software to acquire images from any DirectShow, USB3, or GigE compatible camera as well as an API for National Instruments’ Vision Builder AI inspection software for advanced machine vision inspection. LM3's PAQi can also connect to a cloud or localized Deep Learning AI server for performing deep learning for classification and defect detection applications.
Since 2017, LM3 has committed extensive R&D to our PAQi vision system to address cost constraints that limits the wide-scale use of machine vision in production. Our PAQi with one camera is cost competitive with the standard high-resolution color smart cameras by Keyence, Cognex, Banner Engineering, and the like and is a fraction of the cost of multi-camera systems by those same suppliers. With an onboard Modbus TCP PLC, the system can interface with your production equipment using either digital IO or Industrial Communications including EthernetIP and Modbus TCP. This flexible machine vision platform contains the following standard but configurable features with the ability for customization on request:
Since 2018, LM3 has been hard at work developing a complete training, evaluation, and serving pipeline for AI based vision inspection. This groundbreaking system provides a means for using the advanced technology to solve inspection applications previously not possible using traditional machine vision at a significantly less overall cost. LM3’s AI based vision inspection solution saves customers time and money by:
LM3 made a conscious effort to design and system capable of image acquisition and AI model based inspection on the same hardware and has a truly one of a kind system that cannot be compared.
More recently, LM3 has partnered with QCHero to develop an online training platform for training both classifier and object detection models using cloud-based hardware to speed up the training time. QCHero eliminates the need for expensive in-house hardware for model training and was developed to be user friendly to allow for use by technicians and quality engineers and not just computer scientists.
Videos examples of the PAQi detection:
Hog Ring Detection
Weld Integrity Inspection
Molded Component Defect Detection
Large Single Camera Multi-part Presence Inspection
Product Documents and Presenations
A list of product documents and presentations are available to download below:
|PAQi Line Card||Download / View|
|PAQi Presentation with DLOD||Download / View|
|PAQi Object Detection - Hog Rings||Download / View|
|PAQi Defect Detection - Molding||Download / View|
|PAQi Object Detection - Push Pins||Download / View|
|PAQi Object Detection - Chrome Grill||Download / View|
|QCHero Presentation||Download / View|
|PAQi Object Detection with Color Classification - Office Chair Components||Download / View|