The Jožef Stefan Institute and the Kolektor Group Create Smart Cameras of New Generation
As part of the international COPCAMS project, the Jožef Stefan Institute and the Idrija Kolektor Group, d. o. o. together with other partners participate in the development of smart cameras of new generation that significantly increase the speed of processing and image capture. Smart cameras are developed to control the quality of switches.
The international COPCAMS project (COgnitive & Perceptive CameraS are the “cameras that detect and capture”) brings together 21 companies from France, Spain, Great Britain, Denmark, Poland, and Turkey. The project investors are the Artemis European Industry Association, which cooperates with Bosch, Siemens, Philips and other giants, while the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology and two Slovenian partners—the Jožef Stefan Institute (IJS) and the Idrija Kolektor Group, d. o. o—represent the Slovenian side.
The Development of High-tech and Sustainable “Green” Cameras
The current objective of the COPCAMS project is to develop “green” (low energy consuming) high-performance cameras to monitor production processes. This can be accomplished through the development of embedded computing architectures that can process images at the place of their shooting and are based on parallel computing.
The Jožef Stefan Institute and the Kolektor Group Stand for the Quality Control
The Slovenian side of the project consortium focused on the development of algorithms for automatic quality control in the manufacture of automotive parts for the Kolektor Group. They have been already designed by means of computer architecture and are currently undergoing testing. Thus, it was possible to increase the level of control and provide greater reliability and quality of finished products.
The employees of the Jožef Stefan Institute and the Kolektor Group participating in the COPCAMS project have developed new computerized methods of measurement for the rapid detection of possible defects in graphite switches using smart cameras. Their merit is the high accuracy and computational efficiency as well as the simultaneous coverage of a large number of units. It is expected that such technological solutions will improve the reliability of graphite switches and reduce the power consumption.