As an ecological pioneer, isofloc has been producing high-quality insulation from recycled newspapers since 1982. In both retrofits and new buildings, the injection of cellulose flakes allows for seamless and therefore very efficient insulation.

Robofloc automatically fills pre-fabricated wood components (image on the right: reconstructed top view) with isofloc insulating material.

In the field of sectional construction, isofloc is pursuing a process of innovative, user-orientated rationalisation: It has developed the robofloc filling machine which semi-automatically injects cellulose flakes into industrially manufactured wood construction components. Existing production lines can also be retrofitted with the robot system easily. High quality injection can only be achieved if the injection positions have been precisely defined on the wood components. The open-top elements are sometimes not aligned and might be delivered in any order on roller conveyors.

To meet its quality specifications, isofloc has developed a camera system, together with SCS, which performs three-dimensional laser scans of the wood components in order to measure their shape and position very accurately. The precise 3D data allows for accurate, geometric modelling of the elements: the numbers and positions of the corners and side lengths, element depths and recesses in the walls are determined. The system also recognises spaces which are not to be filled and in this way prevents the unwanted egress of insulation flakes. Afterwards, the individual injection positions are determined, the robot advances to them, and the elements are filled in accordance with the injection data that has been calculated.

The camera systems enable reproducibly high quality for the insertion of cellulose flakes into industrially manufactured prefabricated components, irrespective of the software interface, such as to CAD construction programs. It does not affect investments that may already have been made by manufacturers.

Ferag AG is a leading provider of conveyance and processing technology for print media. Ferag was looking for a solution for the monitoring and optimisation of various processes at its facilities. By way of response, the SCS team has developed a computer platform based on an Analog Devices BlackFin DSP digital signal processor operated by uClinux. The CMOS sensor by Aptina is particularly suitable for moving scenes and guarantees long-term availability. The computer platform communicates directly with the controller via parallel interfaces (24V), Ethernet or EtherCAT. The open software framework provides the basis for efficiently implementing today’s tasks and can be expanded to meet future requirements.

Ferag QualiEye in front of a Unidrum Conveyor System

The ‘Machine Vision’ – solution by SCS allows badly positioned sheets to be detected automatically. In this way, it helps to prevent heavy financial losses and delays in print production. The computer platform can be used extensively thanks to low manufacturing costs. Furthermore, numerous servomotors and light barriers can be dispensed with in the construction of the machinery, since the image processing solution can handle various formats automatically and without mechanical modifications.

The pharmaceutical search for active substances against all kinds of diseases is being revolutionised over and over again, thanks to tremendous progress being achieved in the fields of micro biology, chemistry, microscopy, process automation and computer science.
By the means of robot-supported high-pressure through put processes like the high-content-screening (HCS), hundreds of thousands of substances and molecule activities may be analyzed within a very brief period of time − fully automatically, quantitatively and straight in the cell, the actual place of activity of the potential active substances. Today’s HTS systems reach throughput rates of 100’000 to 200’000 probes per day, putting high demands upon the image processing software as well as the bioinformatics software.

Concept

Focussing on the fast and flexible processing of complex micro-spectroscopic data (for instance multi-dimensional HCS images) SCS has developed a computer based software: The μSpec DP «Micro- Spectroscopy Data processor»

Qualities

  • Processes single images, as well as series of thousands of micro-spectroscopic images either manually or fully automatically
  • Identifies specific cellular structures, for instance nuclei, cytoplasm, membranes or speckles
  • Analyzes the structure-associated molecular signals
  • Persists the results on a single-cell basis
  • Allows significant acceleration through parallelization (using multiple computers and graphic cards simultaneously)

Contact person at SCS
Christof Bühler

Rega, Switzerland’s air rescue service, brings swift and professional medical help from the air and supports people in emergency situations. Rega aims to replace the existing infrastructure with an integrated dispatch system with a modern radio network as part of a major project named REMICO (Rega Mission Control). SCS is developing and extending the components of the new radio system.

Rega operates its own radio network to guide its helicopters and as part of their co-operation with the Swiss Alpine Rescue Service. Rega’s radio network consists of the central radio components, the radio operation workplaces, 42 fixed radio transmitting stations as well as radio equipment for the helicopters and handheld transceivers. The radio operation workplaces allow the radio system to be used even without the dispatch system.

The central radio components are designed for high availability and are permanently monitored together with the radio stations. The central components allow the existing and new radio stations to be operated in parallel. Thus they enable seamless migration.

In the REMICO project, SCS’s services comprise the following:

  • Overall concept, technology evaluation
  • Creation of a migration strategy for uninterrupted transformation of the radio system
  • Development of software for the radio stations
  • Development and linking of central server components into the dispatch system based on VoIP
  • Development and certification of an avionics component for radio control
  • Provision of operating, test and training infrastructures

Viasuisse is the Swiss traffic information centre based in Biel. A trilingual editorial team refines various data sources into high quality traffic information, which is disseminated through various channels.

The left lane is 95% free, the right one with rush-hour evening traffic is 15% free.

Viasuisse evaluates footage with regard to the traffic conditions and enters the results into your production system. Viasuisse wishes to optimise these processes. For this purpose, it requires automatic image analysis and a means of integrating the results into the existing framework without media discontinuities.

Together with SCS, Viasuisse has demonstrated an innovative way to identify traffic conditions reliably and automatically, such as traffic jams or heavy traffic, using footage from greatly varying sources. This is then effectively integrated into the existing workflow.

Integration of automatic traffic jam recognition into the work process of the editorial team

The scalable platform for automatic image evaluation and the generation of client-specific traffic reports also manages the camera positions including meta-information such as geo-references. Operating costs can be saved through a centralised operation involving their distribution across several parties.