Ever since our company’s founders started their research on visual real-time industrial measurement in the seventies, and all through the development of our first fully digital 100% in-line inspection systems, we at Mapvision have had a strong vision about the future of manufacturing.
Vision Becomes Reality
While the first camera-based quality systems were not very advanced by today’s standards, the image of what the future would be like was always clear to us: visual quality data that could be used to guide factories. Fast, precise and reliable measurements for continuous improvement and industry automation in real time. We were supporting environment-friendly and energy-efficient manufacturing before anyone even knew those words!
In the early days, that future sometimes felt distant (mind you, this was decades before lean manufacturing, IoT and AI) and was only shared by a few enthusiastic visionaries, but it today has a name that is on the lips of all builders of connected plants around the world.
The future we have always envisioned is called Industry 4.0.
Made to Measure, Inspect and Analyze
Today, we focus on solutions that use fully digital multi-camera technology for 100% in-line inspection. We help our customers reduce waste and optimize production quality of complex parts, such as structural car body and chassis components.
We are collecting huge amounts of visual production data with our Quality Gate inspection products and can offer unique manufacturing analytics services for the automotive industry. With our real-time data, you can already anticipate production flaws and correct errors without delay.
We have come a long way and have learned a lot about modern manufacturing, production performance improvement and quality culture.
But this is just the starting point. We are planning to do so much more.
Next: Data-Driven Production
So we have industry-leading measurement capabilities and visual inspection data we can analyze. Great. Now, let’s put the data to work. The next chapter in the Mapvision story is about data that drives factories.
We see robots that get real-time feedback about their work, we see visual inspection information delivered continuously to operators and factory management, from the shop floor to the top floor. We picture a future where real-time quality data that flows through connected machines and connected manufacturing lines. We see digitally integrated production systems and self-adjusting factories.
In this new blog section of our website, we will of course keep on publishing news about our upcoming products and services (we have plenty of interesting things in development), but we will also be telling stories about the technology behind our success and the people who made it all possible. We will share customer cases and report about how our customers are using Mapvision equipment for adjusting manufacturing lines that produce world-class vehicle parts.
But most of all, we will be talking much more about our mission to visualize quality and our roadmap towards data-driven agile manufacturing.
Visualizing Quality for Agile Manufacturing
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We are all excited about enabling the factory of the future. If you, too, are interested in building production lines that adapt automatically and improve continuously based on visual quality data, please get in touch. We have ambitious growth plans, but we can’t realize our vision alone.
We invite you to join us on our quest to visualize quality for agile manufacturing everywhere.