AutoCrib Unveils Automated Inventory With Object Recognition

The new VisiCab toolbox actually ‘sees’ which items are in it and which are missing, making it an exceptional answer for Foreign Object Debris (F.O.D.) control, says the company . . .

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Santa Ana, CA AutoCrib, Inc. unveiled the next generation in industrial vending with the introduction of VisiCab, an electronic toolbox utilizing object recognition. The new VisiCab toolbox actually ‘sees’ which items are in it and which are missing, making it an exceptional answer for Foreign Object Debris (F.O.D.) control. The versatile eight-tray system can be used for any application where 100 percent of the tools or other items being used must be returned for inventory control. Using a proprietary machine vision detection system, the Visicab not only tracks tool distribution, it also knows what time and by whom a tool is picked up and when it is returned. Machines that use RFID tags or weight-based switches are inferior because many objects are too small for applying RFID tags. In a vision based system objects are simply placed into foam cut-outs with a contrasting background, no additional work is needed. The system has the ability to see not only the shape of an object but the color of it as well. For example, VisiCab can tell the difference between a half-inch wrench with a green stripe or a blue stripe, thus it can tell the difference between two users’ half-inch wrenches that might appear exactly the same.

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