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.
Nissan Motor Co. said Tuesday it plans to resume the production and shipment of new vehicles for the domestic market once it has finished preparing measures by the end of the working week to ensure uncertified workers will not inspect its cars again. Nissan halted shipment and production at all six of its assembly plants in Japan about 10 days ago, having found that faulty inspections continued at most of the plants even after the misconduct first surfaced last month and led to a massive domestic recall. "Production is planned to resume for the domestic market following confirmation of the measures by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism," the automaker said in a statement. The company said the suspension is expected to result in a 50 percent sales plunge in October, excluding minivehicles, from a year earlier. In the scandal, uncertified workers were found to have been conducting final inspections for finished cars in violation of state rules.
The inspection program was first created by Congress in the 2008 farm law and is championed by lawmakers from catfish-producing states, including Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss. The law took safety oversight of catfish and other ray-finned fish away from the Food and Drug Administration and gave that authority to the Agriculture Department, which does more frequent inspections.