March 24, 2021

FLIR firefly DL 400x275Neurala, which develops vision AI software, has announced a collaboration with FLIR Systems to deliver a full software and hardware stack AI-based industrial imaging solution. The software will support the creation of neural networks directly onto FLIR Firefly DL machine vision cameras with built-in inference on the edge capabilities.

Through the collaboration, Neurala and FLIR aim to deliver a faster, more cost-effective entry point for customers looking to deploy deep learning on the production line, the companies said in a statement. The collaboration comes as manufacturers are looking at artificial intelligence and automation to provide flexibility to cope with production constraints, supply chain disruptions, and scattered workforce availability.

The platform will let customers rapidly create deep learning models with little data and no AI expertise, and then export these models for easy deployment directly onto the Firefly DL camera, Neurala said. Neural networks can then be deployed on several applications, including printed circuit board (PCB) inspection, detection of missing parts or foreign objects, identification of surface-level metal defects, product uniformity issues, and packaging errors. Because this can be deployed onto the small form factor of the DL camera, this can create an automated, intelligent inspection point practically anywhere in-line, and quickly reconfigured for new applications.

“The rise of Industry 4.0 has challenged manufacturers to rethink the tools and systems they are using as part of their workflow,” said Max Versace, CEO and co-founder of Neurala. “With cameras and sensors gathering product data and analyzing the overall health of industrial equipment, manufacturers have realized the power of AI to draw actionable insights from this data.”

“Being one of the world’s first machine vision manufacturers with an inference on the edge solution, we are constantly looking for ways to help our customers stay at the cutting edge,” said Sadiq Panjwani, vice president of components business, FLIR Systems. Our collaboration with Neurala on a simplified and accessible full-stack deep learning solution is another step in that direction, bringing customers the advanced machine vision techniques required for today’s highly automated industrial environments.”

To learn more about the software, head to this website