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We have years of experience in specifying components for machine vision systems, and of working with automation companies. This makes us perfectly placed to help you choose the right components for your application.

We have established some key relationships with several carefully selected, quality manufacturers of vision hardware, but we remain independent. This means we can offer the right component to best suit your needs.

We also offer customisations and bespoke designs for OEM applications.

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Case Studies - Aerospace - turbine blade inspection - UK and Far East requirement satisfied

In conjunction with one of our automation company partners, on this occasion PCE Ltd of Beccles, we created and installed on site in the UK and The Far East complete turnkey inspection units using multi-axis motion and machine vision for a demanding aeronautical inspection application. Our customer is a worldwide leader not only in the aerospace, defence and prestige automotive fields and of course demanded the highest levels of technology and performance to satisfy their application.

In this instance the component for inspection is the turbine blade for an aeronautical engine.

The problem.

The turbine blades are made from a series of components which are bonded together. The key element, the one which involved us, is the root bond line of the entire blade to the root component which connects it to the engine. Prior to our automated robotic machine vision inspection system the the root bond line was inspected by human eye using micro binoculars. The requirement was to create a consistent automated system which could provide reliable information upon which a human pass / fail judgement could be made.

The solution.

FS Systems designed a custom software package to customer specification, providing all the functionality required to interface to the motion system, acquire images, process images and interface to the customer manufacturing network

The system utilises a high precision 4 axis motion system to accurately control the scanning of the bond line using a line scan camera, telecentric lens and dark-field illumination. The bond line is scanned to a 0.005mm resolution.

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Bespoke software design and development

For many years we have been used as “problem solvers” in a variety of industries; co-ordinating and working with many varied and disparate suppliers and technologies to create a unified user interface or common point for data collection and analysis.

On the machine vision side, we are also integration partners for the market-leading Halcon libraries, who we have been working with for more than 10 years.

Our experience, expertise and skills in software design and development can be applied to:

  • Vision and non-vision project
  • Data capture, collection and analysis
  • Interfacing with a wide range of industrial bespoke and COTS equipment
  • Real time and embedded systems

We use languages including: C, C++, C#, Visual Basic, Assembler and PLC ladder across a variety of platforms and operating systems, and have experience with many interface and communication protocols.





As part of our programme of customer support we provide tailored training courses, which can be run in-house or on-site. This training is typically provided to small groups to ensure that attendees get the most out of our hands-on sessions.

Our provision covers two types of training: system specific training and general machine vision.

System specific training

We provide system specific training to cover all aspects of an installed vision system, including:

  • Operator level training, covering daily interaction and basic fault-finding
  • Maintenance training, covering details on areas such as cleaning procedures
  • Set-up level training for key personnel to create and edit tests, and understand what can and cannot be done with the system.

General machine vision training

We provide courses in the general principles and science behind machine vision, which are not specific to any equipment brand, as well as practical sessions, covering:

  • Lighting technology
  • Optics
  • Image processing techniques



Hardware support

We offer on-going support for all our products, from a single lens or light through to smart cameras and complex systems. And we offer extended warranties on key products where required.

Systems support

We understand the importance of ongoing support once we have installed your system, and based on the valued feedback we receive from our customers we have developed a comprehensive support package offering:

  • Hardware support, in and out of warranty
  • System set-up support
  • Trouble-shooting
  • New component configurations
  • System enhancements
  • On-going maintenance and support contracts

This support may take several forms, but where possible we are keen to provide remote access, via internet/ethernet or modem/dial-up, enabling us to respond quickly, efficiently and cost effectively.



Throughout our combined 35 years of experience in business, our expertise has been demanded in a consulting capacity time and time again. Consultation can form a vital first stage in the process of ensuring that the optimum solution is specified for your application.

Project and process assessment

We offer technical, commercial and practical advice on new and existing projects, including:

  • Assessing the viability of a potential machine vision project
  • Specification writing
  • Improving existing vision systems to achieve greater reliability, increased longevity and decreased scrap

Process enhancement

We encourage all our customers to exploit the information which can be obtained from our systems to improve their processes.

We offer packages to ensure that you get the most out of your system, including:

  • Statistical analysis
  • Increasing the relevance of the vision system's data output
  • Reports and graphs
  • Defect and process analysis
  • SPC software
  • Validation studies and trials
  • System self-checking or challenging the system with good and bad parts
  • Calibration checks

Some of these services would require one of our engineers to be on-site with the machine, but many can be done remotely with the appropriate remote access set-up. Contact us for more information.

Funded Consultancy

We are a commercial partner for European FP7 projects and are actively involved in advising institutes on the commercial viability of their research.

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Vision Solutions

Vision Solutions

We work closely with our customers to ensure the right solution is specified and quoted at the right price.

In the early stages of the process we provide consultation, evaluations and reports to support our quotation package, which covers the key components, lighting, optics and vision processing.

We offer appropriate levels of advice and information to automation companies, end users and OEMs.

We enjoy the challenge of developing the optimum solution for an application, but are happy to quote for any level of involvement in your project, from supply of parts only, to provision of a full fixed price system or full integration.

Machine vision systems

We offer complete machine vision systems to handle, inspect and pack your product. We project manage these systems, bringing in key automation partners for the supply of high quality components. We have extensive experience in providing systems across diverse industry sectors including automotive, medical and aerospace, both in the UK and globally.

Integration and support

We have extensive experience of installing our machine vision systems into new or existing machines.

We communicate closely with the customer to ensure that all mechanical and electrical details are provided and the parameters for the vision system to work reliably are clearly defined. This ensures that the installation and commissioning phases are smooth and the system proves reliable and robust in operation.

We offer the appropriate level of support, remaining involved as your system goes live, to manage any necessary process enhancements or adjustments to take account of product variations. Why not contact us with details of your application? Usually we will ask for some sample products to evaluate and then report back to you with quotation and images of your product.



Welcome to Fisher Smith

We design and supply machine vision systems for automatic inspection and identification of manufactured parts on industrial production lines.

We provide a bespoke service from the specification of illumination and optics through to complete turnkey solutions, utilising high quality, rugged components throughout.

Our systems use a variety of camera technologies, and interface to a wide range of automation and robotic equipment. Where appropriate we design custom solutions tailored to your specific requirement.

Benefit from our knowledge, experience and integrity to provide you with the right Vision Solution or quality components.

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Contact us now for project appraisals, quotations or more information on how we can provide the right vision solution, components or lighting for your application.


We have years of experience in specifying components for machine vision systems, and of working with automation companies. This makes us perfectly placed to help you choose the right components for your application.

We have established some key relationships with several carefully selected, quality manufacturers of vision hardware (mostly German), but we remain independent. This means we can offer the right component to best suit your needs.

We also offer customisations and bespoke designs for OEM applications.

About Us

About Us

Founded in 2004 as FS Systems, and now Fisher Smith, we have over 35 combined years of experience of machine vision and industrial control systems. During that time we have built solid, long-term relationships with our customers and suppliers. Part of our success has been down to the emphasis we place on our service, and part down to an insistence on supplying only technically excellent, robust and reliable products. And we only partner with suppliers who share our approach to quality and reliability.

With our extensive knowledge of industrial systems we offer the right system for every application. We offer advice on interfacing and communicating with other automation to ensure our customers get the most from their machine vision system.

A crucial element of any vision system is lighting. LED lighting has become the standard for industrial vision systems, and we have developed a deep understanding of the technology. We maintain a comprehensive demonstration stock enabling us to specify the most appropriate lighting for each application.

Our knowledge and technical abilities has enabled us to develop two key software products, RoboVis® and GenVis. Written and developed in house with useability and flexibility in mind, both products have become mature and stable machine vision platforms.

We are continuously improving our business both internally and externally, with regular training for our key personnel and we are currently working towards ISO9001:2008 accreditation.

We have secured National and European funding in aerospace, transport, healthcare and biochemical sectors, and work with organisations such as MAS, MTA and PERA in a drive to continually improve our business. We are always enthusiastic about exploring new areas of business in partnership with our customers and their needs.