Sustainable solutions based on industrial cameras
Sep 12 2023
From durable, climate-friendly camera models to resource-saving production and logistics: camera manufacturer IDS places enormous importance on sustainability. Moreover, as integral parts of automation solutions, industrial cameras also open up new ways to protect resources on the user side. The topic is becoming a permanent fixture on the corporate agenda of more and more SMEs, and strategies are being developed.
IDS is a big step ahead of other medium-sized companies: "Since 2021, we have been working in a completely climate-compensated manner. We consistently implement our comprehensive energy concept and use only 100 per cent green electricity and climate-compensated gas in Obersulm. Our logistics can definitely be described as green," says Sebastian Liepe, Head of Quality and Environmental Management at IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH. "Various measures have been taken to achieve this. We have reduced the amount of plastic in our packaging to less than five per cent and replaced it with biodegradable and sustainable alternatives. It is expected that towards the end of the year we will be able to switch to brown packaging with a recycled content of almost 100 per cent. In addition to DHL GoGreen, we now also use the UPS carbon neutral programme. I am particularly pleased that our individual shuttle boxes are so well received and that more and more reusable packaging is being used."
Enabler for sustainable applications and processes
The company pursues the goal of developing products that not only offer technological innovation, but also ecological benefits. In an era of increasing automation and robotics, machine vision (with artificial intelligence) plays a crucial role. With their help, companies can improve their product quality as well as save resources and produce in a more environmentally friendly way. Industrial cameras record quality characteristics or consumption data, for example. Used in quality assurance or inspection, they reduce rejects and avoid complaints, returns or repairs. In robotics and automation, cameras enable collaborative work and support employees in physically difficult or monotonous tasks. In this way, companies can direct their human resources to more creative and valuable tasks.
The almost unlimited range of applications covers multiple non-industrial and industrial sectors in the field of equipment, plant and mechanical engineering. Jan Hartmann - IDS Managing Partner, explains: "In many areas, our industrial cameras not only help to optimise processes and make them significantly more sustainable, for example by identifying and improving bottlenecks or inefficient processes. Innovation potential also arises when our cameras are used in sustainable applications: In forestry, our systems can help to detect and localise fires at an early stage in order to minimise or even prevent serious damage. In agriculture, AI-based cameras can identify weeds and thus apply pesticides only selectively in an environmentally friendly manner. Intelligent harvesters, in turn, are able to identify the optimal time to harvest and reduce waste. In medical technology, cameras are used in the automated visual inspection of medical equipment, and in intralogistics they prevent costly and image-damaging complaints by optimising the inspection of goods. The spectrum of possible applications illustrates the great potential of visual and intelligent sensor technology as an enabler for sustainable solutions." Here you can find more examples for the sustainable use of industrial cameras.
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