Automation on Production Lines: Enhancing Product Quality with Anomaly Detection

Organizations across all industries are ramping up their digital transformations to adapt to the pandemic, compete with competitors, and improve the quality of their output.

Within the manufacturing industry, this has never been more important. Such dramatic shifts in digital transformation across this industry has meant that automated anomaly detection and data analysis across production lines is essential to keep up with competitors. 

From retail production to complex machinery, manufacturers need to ensure accuracy across all their production lines and detect faulty productions as quickly as possible. 

Can A.I. automation revolutionize the anomaly detection process and transform the way manufacturers operate? Let’s find out.

When Automation Meets Manufacturing

Manufacturers often use industrial systems that gather data from different sensors, and this data can vary drastically, taking into account different levels of noise, frequency of production, various frequencies of measurement etc. These variations can make data difficult to work with, which is why a high level of accuracy is required.

Using Intelligent Automation and A.I. image recognition, manufacturers can drastically improve quality control with a highly predictable level of accuracy. We worked with a computer microchip manufacturer to create an anomaly detection solution that used these technologies to identify and remove cracks and anomalies in their materials, without disrupting the manufacturing process.

By using existing and synthetic data and images, we trained our solution to accurately classify these materials as “GOOD” or “CRACKED” and appropriately instructing the manufacturing line to continue or remove any questionable materials. 

As a result, 0% of faulty materials were mislabeled as good, ensuring that the manufacturer could continue to maintain high quality standards for their outputs. 

Beyond Manufacturing

While A.I. and automation is an invaluable resource for the manufacturing industry, it doesn’t stop there. Across many industries, automated anomaly detection is ensuring that businesses can maintain similarly high levels of quality control.

In the financial sector, this technology can be used for fraud detection by learning from real and synthetic data examples of suspicious activity. When carried out in real time, this technology can prevent fraud before it happens and banks can ensure that their customers’ accounts (and their own reputations) remain safeguarded. 

In healthcare, this advanced AI technology can be used to review medical images and detect anomalies that can lead to faster diagnosis and subsequently speed up treatment. An example of this is the intelligent automation software approved by the FDA that takes an image of a patients’ eyes and automatically detects the presence of the retinal disease diabetic retinopathy, and refers them to an eye specialist if detected. 

Using anomaly detection to enhance product quality

Harnessing the power of AI enabled anomaly detection is allowing manufacturers to heighten the quality of their output while saving time and money. Ultimately, it is allowing those in the manufacturing industry (and beyond) to improve their level of service and stay competitive.  

Discover how we helped our customer in the manufacturing sector achieve a false negative error rate of 0% across their production lines:

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