In an effort to streamline the assembly line inspection process, and cut down on manufacturing defects, IBM has announced the release of a visual inspection system. The system was released on April 24 and is a Watson-powered Internet of Things (IoT) service. The visual recognition feature is one of the strongest for Watson and with each item inspected, the effectiveness of the system increases.
IBM discovered that inspection times can be reduced by up to 80 percent after just a period of eight days of testing a production cycle. The new system also reduced manufacturing defects by 7-10 percent. The visual inspection system is able to detect defects as small as a pinhole puncture or a scratch. The system will also ensure that the parts are in the correct locations and have the right shape and texture.