What is Zero Defect Manufacturing?

One of the main problems that can arise in an industrial process is the appearance of defects in the final product. These defects can be of various types, from cosmetic flaws to errors that can make the product unusable. In both cases it is a problem that makes the product unable to be sold to the customer. These failures can occur both from human errors, possible failures of the process itself or even from a malfunction of the equipment used in production.

The objective of obtaining the highest quality throughout the production process avoiding failures and imperfections is known as Zero Defect Manufacturing. To do this, it seeks to detect these defects and apply the necessary actions on the affected products, either by discarding said products or repairing them.

Industry 4.0 and Zero Defect Manufacturing

For decades, the industrial sector has aimed to achieve Zero Defects Manufacturing, but it has been in recent years thanks to the rise of Industry 4.0 that it has been seen that it is possible to achieve this goal.

Thanks to the use and implementation of new technologies in the industry, it is possible to establish more exhaustive controls that allow detecting defects at any stage of the production process. The digitization of information also plays an important role, since it has greatly facilitated the way of storing, organizing and sharing the information obtained. In this way, thanks to the use of these technologies, it is possible to find defects and study the data obtained to determine their causes and possible solutions.

Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence to achieve zero defect manufacturing

Two of the techniques that have become more important in recent years to achieve the detection of defects are Computer Vision and Artificial Intelligence. Both are used in Industry 4.0, for example to make use of the information they extract from images to automate industrial processes.

Computer Vision 

In Zero Defect Manufacturing, images of products are taken in every phase of the process that is possible to apply both vision and Deep Learning techniques. In this way, defects and errors can be found during the production process itself. This is very useful since, if it is possible to detect a defect at an early stage, the necessary actions can be carried out to correct said defect and that the product can be marketed.

Artificial intelligence

Artificial Intelligence can also be used to analyze the data obtained in the detection process. In this way, it could be analyzed at what times and in what phase of production these errors occur, which can help to find their cause and possible solutions.

Benefits of Zero Defect Manufacturing

Implementing Zero Defects Manufacturing in the manufacturing process can involve a significant initial effort, since it is necessary to make use of new systems and programs, in addition to calibrating them to perform the desired functions. However, once the defects are eliminated, a wide number of advantages are achieved:

  • Error prevention. By detecting defects in different parts of the process, it is possible to distinguish the causes and take action to prevent future production of a greater number of defects.
  • Prevent Defects. It is possible that the defects are produced by deterioration or the own defects of some of the machines or instruments used. Once detected, it will be possible to replace or repair it before it causes more problems.
  • Cost reduction. By detecting defective products it will be possible to withdraw them reducing the resources that would have been used for the next steps of their production in a normal situation. In addition, it may also be possible to repair such products, so that they can still be marketed.
  • Better image. Reducing the number of defective products offers a better impression to both the general public and potential customers.

 

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