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Automated visual inspection (AVI) systems these days are considered essential in the assembly of surface-mounted devices (SMDs) in the electronics industry. This industry has faced the problem of rapid introduction and retirement of SMD-based products with the consequent obsolescence of the inspection systems already in the assembly lines. The constant(More)
This paper proposes a new feature selection methodology. The methodology is based on the stepwise variable selection procedure, but, instead of using the traditional discriminant metrics such as Wilks' Lambda, it uses an estimation of the misclassification error as the figure of merit to evaluate the introduction of new features. The expected(More)
One of the challenges faced by the users of automated visual inspection (AVI) systems is how to efficiently upgrade the legacy systems to inspect the new components introduced into the assembly lines. If the AVI systems are not flexible enough to accommodate new components, they will be rendered obsolete even by small changes in the product being inspected.(More)
The lack of flexibility of the current automated visual inspection (AVI) systems to accommodate new products is one of the main problems faced by the users of these systems. In this paper, the authors propose a framework that will facilitate the design of highly reconfigurable AVI systems. We focus on two issues: the general description of a framework for(More)
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