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Machine Vision Helps Adhesive Trend Stick in Auto Industry

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Through its heavy reliance on composites, the aerospace industry has grown accustomed to using adhesives. But automakers, with the exception of some in Europe such as BMW, are less comfortable with adhesives and it is up to machine vision to help build their confidence in this joining method.

JAMES SCHLETT, EDITOR, [email protected]

Business has been getting stickier for Ron Weber, president of USS Vision, a Livonia, Mich., machine vision integration and automated inspection system firm. As automakers race to meet federal regulations that call for higher fuel-efficiency standards — 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025 — his firm is seeing more vehicles with body parts joined with adhesives. In recent years, that trend has translated into 11 percent annual increases in the adhesive bead inspection business offered by USS Vision, whose customers include GM, Ford Motor, Chrysler and Toyota. “They’re using...Read full article

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