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Plastek Sustainability Day

Fisher Smith Ltd, have for many years been providing Machine Vision solutions for the plastics manufacturing industry. Recently, they were asked to showcase their cutting-edge deep learning solutions at Plastek UK's well-attended sustainability day. The event drew companies from all parts of the plastics industry, including the British Plastics Federation.

Among the varied and interesting presentations, Iain Smith, Managing Director of Fisher Smith Ltd, delivered a talk on how deep learning is revolutionising machine vision, as well as enabling plastics manufacturers to enhance quality control and reduce waste as they transition to using more recycled materials and resource-efficient processes.

Smith highlighted the transformative power of deep learning in machine vision, emphasizing its ability to analyse large volumes of visual data and identify intricate patterns with exceptional precision. This advanced technology enables manufacturers to implement robust inspection and quality control systems, ensuring the detection of even the smallest defects or anomalies in their products, while also coping with acceptable product and material variations.

Fisher Smith Ltd showcased the latest technology from Cognex's Edge-learning portfolio, specifically highlighting the new Insight 3800 smart camera. This fast, powerful, and industry-ready device integrates deep learning technology, empowering manufacturers to leverage the technology in a user-friendly and cost-effective package. By facilitating real-time analysis and decision-making, the Insight 3800 helps ensure products meet stringent quality standards, reducing the likelihood of defective items reaching the market.

In addition to enhancing quality control, Fisher Smith Ltd recognises the urgent need for the plastics industry to transition towards more sustainable practices. The showcased technologies enable manufacturers to incorporate a higher proportion of recycled materials. This not only reduces the demand for virgin raw materials, but also contributes to the circular economy by extending the lifespan of plastic resources. The deep learning technology helps the vision systems work effectively while coping with variations introduced by the recyclate, ensuring that process yield and efficiency are high.

Plastek UK's sustainability day provided an excellent platform for collaboration and knowledge sharing among industry participants. Attendees had the opportunity to engage with Fisher Smith Ltd's experts, gaining valuable insights into the practical implementation of deep learning technology in their specific manufacturing environments.

Fisher Smith Ltd's participation at the event highlighted their commitment to supporting sustainability and innovation in the plastics manufacturing industry. By harnessing the power of deep learning and offering state-of-the-art solutions like the Insight 3800 smart camera, they empower manufacturers to elevate their quality control processes, minimise waste, and transition towards a more sustainable future.

Overall, the event facilitated valuable networking and knowledge exchange, fostering collaboration among professionals from all stages of the plastics supply chain. Such collaboration is instrumental in driving positive change within the industry and promoting a more sustainable and efficient approach to plastics manufacturing.

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