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META-aiviCase Study

AI Recognition and Classification of Connectivity Cables

Customer

The customer is an electronics manufacturer based in Thailand that specializes in connectivity cables.

Case

Enhancing Cable Inspection Process

The customer sought a solution to improve the product quality of their USB cable inspection process, ensuring durability, functionality, and compliance with safety standards. Additionally, they needed to conduct a comprehensive inspection of external insulation materials and connectors for cracks or damage. Upon completing this process, the cables would be classified and shipped based on their respective types.

cable and connector for USB, Type-C, Micro USB, Lightning, on a white background in isolation, collage

Challenge

Optimizing Quality Control and Automating Classification

Relying solely on human inspection for cables risks negligence due to fatigue, prompting the implementation of traditional AOI for defect detection. However, this often results in overly sensitive systems with strict parameter settings, leading to the erroneous identification of good products as NG (no good). This demands continuous adjustments by engineers and repeated inspections by operators.

Additionally, AOI, requiring a larger amount of samples, can only detect predefined defects, frequently missing detections (leakage) and impeding the ability to respond swiftly to flexible production demands.

Solution

AR + AI for Swift Recognition and Classification

Addressing classification, recognition, and detection challenges, META-aivi integrates artificial intelligence and augmented reality. Requiring just 5 to 10 image samples, the built-in AI quickly creates a model for swift identification and classification of cables based on type (including: Lightning, USB, RJ45, and HDMI).

Paired with smart devices, AR glasses, tablets, or portable cameras enables quick recognition and classification of different cables. The system facilitates direct transfer of related data into the company’s ERP system, generating electronic records for future reference and process enhancement. This, in turn, improves yield rates and reduces the outflow of defective products.

Outcome

More accurate and efficient cable inspection
Minimized defective product risks
Streamlined data transfer and process enhancement
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