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1. WO2020110119 - MULTI-CAMERA VISUAL INSPECTION APPLIANCE AND METHOD OF USE

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Claims

1. An appliance for concurrent automated visual inspection of at least two items comprising:

a. at least two inspection assemblies each comprising a camera assembly, wherein each one of said at least two items is inspected by one of said at least two inspection assemblies;

b. a controller in data communication with said at least two inspection assemblies, wherein said controller is a computing device, wherein said appliance is adapted to be automatically configured for inspecting said at least two items using said at least two inspection assemblies.

2. The appliance of claim 1 wherein said automatic configuration is performed according to an input from a user, wherein said input describes a relationship between said at least two items.

3. The appliance of claim 2 wherein said relationship between said at least two items is at least one of:

a. said at least two items are identical and produced concurrently;

b. said at least two items are different aspects of the same item;

c. said at least two items are different from each other but are part of the same production process;

d. said at least two items are different stages in the manufacture of an item; or

e. said at least two items are produced concurrently.

4. The appliance of claim 2 wherein said controller comprises a UI and said input is provided via said UI of said controller.

5. The appliance of claim 4 wherein said UI provides a list of said relationships and said input comprises selecting a relationship from said list using a selection mechanism.

6. The appliance of claim 5 wherein said selection mechanism is chosen from the group consisting of:

a. selecting from a drop-down list of said relationships;

b. checking a check box next to one of said relationships; and

c. selecting a button from a list of buttons wherein each button represents one of said relationships.

7. The appliance of claim 3 wherein when said at least two items are identical and produced concurrently, said automatic configuration comprises loading a single item profile and providing individual results for each item.

8. The appliance of claim 3 wherein when said at least two items are different aspects of the same item, said automatic configuration comprises loading item profiles for each aspect and providing both of individual results for each item and a correlated result for all items.

9. The appliance of claim 3 wherein when said at least two items are different from each other but are produced as part of the same production process, said automatic configuration comprises loading multiple item profile each corresponding to an item and providing individual results for each item.

10. The appliance of claim 3 wherein when said at least two items are different stages in the manufacture of an item, said automatic configuration comprises loading item profiles for each stage and providing both of individual results for each item and a correlated result for all stages of an item.

11. The appliance of claim 3 wherein when said at least two items are produced concurrently, said automatic configuration comprises loading item profiles for each item and providing individual results for each item.

12. A method for concurrent automated visual inspection of at least two items comprising:

a. providing an inspection appliance comprising:

i. at least two inspection assemblies each comprising a camera assembly, wherein each one of said at least two items is inspected by one of said at least two inspection assemblies; and ii. a controller in data communication with said at least two

inspection assemblies, wherein said controller is a computing device,

b. providing an input from a user to said controller, wherein said input describes the relationship between said at least two items; and

c. automatically configuring said appliance for inspecting said at least two items.

13. The method of claim 12 wherein said relationship between said at least two items is at least one of:

a. said at least two items are identical and produced concurrently;

b. said at least two items are different aspects of the same item;

c. said at least two items are different from each other but are produced as part of the same production process;

d. said at least two items are different stages in the manufacture of an item; or

e. said at least two items are produced concurrently.

14. The method of claim 12 wherein said controller comprises a UI and said input is provided via said UI of said controller.

15. The method of claim 14 wherein said UI provides a list of said relationships and said input comprises selecting a relationship from said list using a selection mechanism.

16. The method of claim 15 wherein said selection mechanism is chosen from the group consisting of:

a. selecting from a drop-down list of said relationships;

b. checking a check box next to one of said relationships; and c. selecting a button from a list of buttons wherein each button represents one of said relationships.

17. The method of claim 13 wherein when said at least two items are identical and produced concurrently, said automatic configuration comprises loading a single item profile and providing individual results for each item.

18. The method of claim 13 wherein when said at least two items are different aspects of the same item said automatic configuration comprises loading item profiles for each aspect and providing both of individual results for each item and a correlated result for all items.

19. The method of claim 18 wherein images related to the individual results for an item are stored and linked so as to be retrievable as a correlated set of images.

20. The method of claim 13 wherein when said at least two items are different from each other but are produced as part of the same production process, said automatic configuration comprises loading multiple item profile each corresponding to an item and providing individual results for each item.

21. The method of claim 13 wherein when said at least two items are different stages in the manufacture of an item, said automatic configuration comprises loading item profiles for each stage and providing both of individual results for each item and a correlated result for all stages of an item.

22. The method of claim 21 wherein images related to the individual results for an item are stored and linked so as to be retrievable as a correlated set of images.

23. The method of claim 13 wherein when said at least two items are produced concurrently, said automatic configuration comprises loading item profiles for each item and providing individual results for each item.

24. An appliance for concurrent automated visual inspection of at least two items comprising:

a. at least two camera assemblies mounted on at least one mounting assembly, wherein each one of said at least two items is inspected by one of said at least two camera assemblies;

b. a controller in data communication with said at least two camera

assemblies, wherein said controller is a computing device, wherein said appliance is adapted to be automatically configured for inspecting said at least two items using said at least two camera assemblies.

25. The appliance of claim 24 wherein said automatic configuration is performed according to an input from a user, wherein said input describes a relationship between said at least two items.

26. The appliance of claim 25 wherein said relationship between said at least two items is at least one of:

a. said at least two items are identical and produced concurrently;

b. said at least two items are different aspects of the same item;

c. said at least two items are different from each other but are part of the same production process;

d. said at least two items are different stages in the manufacture of an item; or

e. said at least two items are produced concurrently.

27. The appliance of claim 26 further comprising sensors mounted between said camera assemblies, wherein said sensors are adapted to detect the positions and angles between said camera assemblies relative to one another and for outputting said detected positions and angles to said controller.

28. The appliance of claim 27 wherein said controller comprises a user interface (UI) and said controller is adapted for using said detected positions and angles to guide the positioning of said captured fields of view based on the relative positions of said camera assemblies for display on said UI.

29. An appliance for concurrent automated visual inspection of an item

comprising:

a. at least two camera assemblies mounted on at least one mounting assembly, wherein each one of said at least two camera assemblies captures adjacent or overlapping fields of view of said item; b. a controller in data communication with said at least two camera

assemblies, wherein said controller is a computing device, wherein said appliance is adapted to be automatically configured for inspecting said item using said at least two camera assemblies.

30. The appliance of claim 29 further comprising sensors mounted between said camera assemblies, wherein said sensors are adapted to detect the positions and angles between said camera assemblies relative to one another and for outputting said detected positions and angles to said controller.

31. The appliance of claim 30 wherein said controller comprises a user interface (UI) and said controller is adapted for using said detected positions and angles to guide the positioning of said captured fields of view based on the relative positions of said camera assemblies for display on said UI.

32. The appliance of claim 31 wherein said controller is adapted for using said detected positions and angles to guide the stitching together of said captured fields of view into a single combined field of view based on the relative positions of said camera assemblies for display on said UI.