Smart manufacturing is a key concept in the Industry 4.0 paradigm. It expresses the evolution of the manufacturing enterprises toward a very high level of interconnection and cooperation of their resources. Both Information Technologies (IT) and Operational Technologies (OT) will contribute to develop very high integration at all levels inside the factory. Among the OT, those concurrent to increase the efficiency and spread of advanced automation are of interest at the levels of production, maintenance and quality control, for their smart implementation.
Vision systems and image processing tools are very promising in this context. Recent developments are in the directions of miniaturizing the vision components and of increasing their affordability, in view of embedding and connecting them for a number of applications in process control, robotics and human-machine interaction.

This page collects the Research & innovation activities carried out at OPTOLAB to integrate smart vision systems and image processing in the Industry 4.0 paradigm.