A real-world example of optical inspection—defect detection in solar cell production
Conventional vision-based defect detection systems use hard-coded rules to detect specific shapes or lines. In contrast, AI-based optical inspection with AI.SEE™ from elunic relies on neural networks trained with extensive data sets and AI.
It takes a skilled operator about 60 seconds to visually inspect one solar panel, checking for four main types of defects. The AI-based inspection system from elunic checks the same component in less than 5 seconds and afterward presents its results to the operator for confirmation. Hence, the inspectors only check the critical areas of the solar panels with their trained eyes, which takes them just 10 seconds.
Besides saving a great deal of time, the reduced optical inspection efforts offer yet another advantage: the AI-based inspection system remains consistently reliable and unaffected by physical and mental fatigue to which a human is exposed—even after long working hours. This way, the inspector’s limited attention span can be efficiently spent precisely on those areas that need visual inspection. And thanks to the AI.SEE™ inspection system, an even better detection rate of production defects can be achieved.