Visual Inspection is routinely carried out across industry to determine whether a structure, product, component or process meets the specified requirements. Typical examples include the detection of product defects in-service or during maintenance and as point of manufacturing in-process monitoring. Such inspection is usually carried out by a trained individual who has sufficient knowledge and experience to visually identify faults and non-conformant quality and performance. Artificial Intelligence (AI) provides an opportunity to introduce innovation and new technology to the visual inspection process, offering a solution to challenges and requirements. The Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS) has produced a demonstrator that uses a combination of computer vision and AI technologies to automate the manual inspection process.
In the latest such quality control conduct involving Japanese manufacturers, a chemical product unit of Hitachi Ltd. is suspected of conducting improper quality inspections on its semiconductor materials, industry sources said Saturday. According to one of the officials, his company is still looking into the matter but there should be no significant problems with the quality of the sealing materials in question, called molding compounds, and that the company's supply capability will not be affected. Hitachi Chemical declined to comment. The latest suspicion comes after the company said in June it had falsified results of inspections on industrial-use batteries. Hitachi Chemical has the leading share in the global market of chip sealing materials used for heat and shock resistance.
UAV's have came a long way, helping capture aerial images to perform a variety of tasks in a faster, cheaper and safer way. Automation has played a key role and helped cut inspection costs by as much as 50%. Moreover, cell tower inspection via drone would enable minimal risk and guarantee high-quality reproducible results. The savings are evident as compared to the traditional inspections method. This kind of workflow is cost-effective and the workflow of each step depends on the quality of the result in the previous step.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said Tuesday that Japan "had strengthened inspections" as a team of experts from the U.N. nuclear watchdog wound up an eight-day trip to assess the regulatory framework for nuclear and radiation safety in the country. Among the achievements of the country's Nuclear Regulation Authority was the establishment of a beefed-up inspection program, including "the right to carry out unannounced inspections at any time," the team said in its report. But team leader Ramzi Jammal told a news conference in Tokyo that the NRA needs to increase interaction with the nuclear industry to proactively obtain safety information so it can propose improvements. The visit by the IAEA team was requested by the NRA, which was set up in 2012 to oversee stricter regulations after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami that triggered the Fukushima nuclear crisis. The agency conducted an initial assessment four years ago.