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Intelligent robotics for laundries closes automation gap

The textile and garment industry is facing major challenges with current supply chain and energy issues. The future recovery is also threatened by factors that hinder production, such as labour and equipment shortages, which put them under additional pressure. The competitiveness of the industry, especially in a global context, depends on how affected companies respond to these framework conditions. One solution is to move the production of clothing back to Europe in an economically viable way. Shorter transport routes and the associated significant savings in transport costs and greenhouse gases speak in favour of this. On the other hand, the related higher wage costs and the prevailing shortage of skilled workers in this country must be compensated. The latter requires further automation of textile processing. The German deep-tech start-up sewts GmbH from Munich has focused on the great potential that lies in this task. It develops solutions with the help of which robots – similar to humans – anticipate how a textile will behave and adapt their movement accordingly.

The German deep-tech start-up sewts GmbH from Munich has focused on the great potential that lies in this task. It develops solutions with the help of which robots – similar to humans – anticipate how a textile will behave and adapt their movement accordingly. In the first step, sewts has set its sights on an application for large industrial laundries. With a system that uses both 2D and 3D cameras from IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH, the young entrepreneurs are automating one of the last remaining manual steps in large-scale industrial laundries, the unfolding process. Although 90% of the process steps in industrial washing are already automated, the remaining manual operations account for 30% of labour costs. The potential savings through automation are therefore enormous at this point.

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It is true that industrial laundries already operate in a highly automated environment to handle the large volumes of laundry. Among other things, the folding of laundry is done by machines. However, each of these machines usually requires an employee to manually spread out the laundry and feed it without creases. This monotonous and strenuous loading of the folding machines has a disproportionate effect on personnel costs. In addition, qualified workforce is difficult to find, which often has an impact on the capacity utilisation and thus the profitability of industrial laundries. The seasonal nature of the business also requires a high degree of flexibility. sewts makes IDS cameras the image processing components of a new type of intelligent system whose technology can now be used to automate individual steps, such as sorting dirty textiles or inserting laundry into folding machines.

“The particular challenge here is the malleability of the textiles,” explains Tim Doerks, co-founder and CTO. While the automation of the processing of solid materials, such as metals, is comparatively unproblematic with the help of robotics and AI solutions, available software solutions and conventional image processing often still have their limits when it comes to easily deformable materials. Accordingly, commercially available robots and gripping systems have so far only been able to perform such simple operations as gripping a towel or piece of clothing inadequately. But the sewts system

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Further development of IDS NXT ocean: focus on user-friendliness and AI transparency

All-in-one embedded vision platform with new tools and functions

(PresseBox) (ObersulmAt IDS, image processing with artificial intelligence does not just mean that AI runs directly on cameras and users also have enormous design options through vision apps. Rather, with the IDS NXT ocean embedded vision platform, customers receive all the necessary, coordinated tools and workflows to realise their own AI vision applications without prior knowledge and to run them directly on the IDS NXT industrial cameras. Now follows the next free software update for the AI package. In addition to the topic of user-friendliness, the focus is also on making artificial intelligence clear and comprehensible for the user.

An all-in-one system such as IDS NXT ocean, which has integrated computing power and artificial intelligence thanks to the “deep ocean core” developed by IDS, is ideally suited for entry into AI Vision. It requires no prior knowledge of deep learning or camera programming. The current software update makes setting up, deploying and controlling the intelligent cameras in the IDS NXT cockpit even easier. For this purpose, among other things, an ROI editor is integrated with which users can freely draw the image areas to be evaluated and configure, save and reuse them as custom grids with many parameters. In addition, the new tools Attention Maps and Confusion Matrix illustrate how the AI works in the cameras and what decisions it makes. This helps to clarify the process and enables the user to evaluate the quality of a trained neural network and to improve it through targeted retraining. Data security also plays an important role in the industrial use of artificial intelligence. As of the current update, communication between IDS NXT cameras and system components can therefore be encrypted via HTTPS.

Just get started with the IDS NXT ocean Creative Kit

Anyone who wants to test the industrial-grade embedded vision platform IDS NXT ocean and evaluate its potential for their own applications should take a look at the IDS NXT ocean Creative Kit. It provides customers with all the components they need to create, train and run a neural network. In addition to an IDS NXT industrial camera with 1.6 MP Sony sensor, lens, cable and tripod adapter, the package includes six months’ access to the AI training software IDS NXT lighthouse. Currently, IDS is offering the set in a special promotion at particularly favourable conditions. Promotion page: https://en.ids-imaging.com/ids-nxt-ocean-creative-kit.html.

Learn more: www.ids-nxt.com

Weiterentwicklung von IDS NXT ocean: Fokus auf Benutzerfreundlichkeit und KI-Transparenz

All-in-One Embedded Vision Plattform mit neuen Werkzeugen und Funktionen

(PresseBox) (ObersulmBei IDS bedeutet Bildverarbeitung mit künstlicher Intelligenz nicht nur, dass die KI direkt auf Kameras läuft und Anwender zusätzlich enorme Gestaltungsmöglichkeiten durch Vision Apps haben. Kunden erhalten mit der Embedded-Vision-Plattform IDS NXT ocean vielmehr alle erforderlichen, aufeinander abgestimmten Tools und Workflows, um eigene KI-Vision-Anwendungen ohne Vorwissen zu realisieren und direkt auf den IDS NXT Industriekameras auszuführen. Jetzt folgt das nächste kostenlose Softwareupdate für das KI-Paket. Im Fokus steht neben dem Thema Benutzerfreundlichkeit auch der Anspruch, die künstliche Intelligenz für den Anwender anschaulich und nachvollziehbar zu machen.

Ein All-in-One System wie IDS NXT ocean, das durch den von IDS entwickelten „deep ocean core“ über integrierte Rechenleistung und künstliche Intelligenz verfügt, eignet sich bestens für den Einstieg in AI Vision. Es erfordert weder Vorkenntnisse in Deep Learning noch in der Kameraprogrammierung. Das aktuelle Softwareupdate macht die Einrichtung, Inbetriebnahme und Steuerung der intelligenten Kameras im IDS NXT cockpit noch einfacher. Hierzu wird unter anderem ein ROI-Editor integriert, mit dem Anwender die auszuwertenden Bildbereiche frei zeichnen und als beliebige Raster mit vielen Parametern konfigurieren, speichern und wiederverwenden können. Darüber hinaus veranschaulichen die neuen Werkzeuge Attention Maps und Confusion Matrix, wie die KI in den Kameras arbeitet und welche Entscheidungen sie trifft. Das macht sie transparenter und hilft dem Anwender, die Qualität eines trainierten neuronalen Netzes zu bewerten und durch gezieltes Nachtraining zu verbessern. Beim industriellen Einsatz von künstlicher Intelligenz spielt auch Datensicherheit eine wichtige Rolle. Ab dem aktuellen Update lässt sich die Kommunikation zwischen IDS NXT Kameras und Anlagenkomponenten deshalb per HTTPS verschlüsseln. 

Einfach loslegen mit dem IDS NXT ocean Creative Kit

Wer die industrietaugliche Embedded-Vision-Plattform IDS NXT ocean testen und das Potenzial für die eigenen Anwendungen evaluieren möchte, sollte einen Blick auf das IDS NXT ocean Creative Kit werfen. Kunden erhalten damit alle Komponenten, die sie für die Erstellung, das Trainieren und das Ausführen eines neuronalen Netzes benötigen. Neben einer IDS NXT Industriekamera mit 1,6 MP Sony Sensor, Objektiv, Kabel und Stativadapter enthält das Paket u.a. einen sechsmonatigen Zugang zur KI-Trainingssoftware IDS NXT lighthouse. Aktuell bietet IDS das Set in einer Sonderaktion zu besonders günstigen Konditionen an. Aktionsseite: https://de.ids-imaging.com/ids-nxt-ocean-creative-kit.html.

Weitere Informationen: www.ids-nxt.de

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