Key to a successful project is an understanding of the overall system requirements. This is where we start. Knowing what’s expected of the project is essential. Items such as: color range, part presentation and consistency, cycle time, just to name a few. With this includes the quantitative and qualitative requirements and associated tolerances. However just as important are the operational requirements and environmental aspects. How an operator, if one is present, will interact with the system. This is key to taking ownership of the system, absolutely essential for success. The environmental factors are just as important: dirt buildup, dust, ambient lighting, and temperature to name a few. Under certain conditions, such as in foundries, we’ve installed automated blow offs to keep the cameras and lighting free of dust buildup. These units cycle every 30 minutes to handle the airborne dust load.