Step-by-step evaluation process
Step 1) Initial Application Review
- Customer to provide general concept to kmV personnel.
- Request & receive digital photos and video of production line (or view line first hand where possible).
- Request & receive drawings of each product that will run on the line.
- Request & receive list of required inspection criteria w/ numerical specs called out where applicable.
- Request additional line specifications, parts/minute, feet/minute; conveyor type, width and height.
- Following kmV’s initial review a conference call will take place to answer additional questions, and better understand all customer expectations.
- If viable, discuss project timeline and move to next step
Step 2) Feasibility Analysis
- Request & receive 25 “good” samples of each size and color. (kmV engineers spend an extensive amount of time developing the best possible understanding of your “good” products, as this helps to drive down false reject rates, and can reduce costly rework.)
- Request & receive defective samples, at least 3 to 5 samples of each defect type (defects can be mocked up to facilitate this process).
- Develop concept for hardware and software solution to solve the application.
- Submit budgetary proposal to customer.
- Confirm ROI and move to next step.
Step 3) Site Visit [Mechanical Engineer]
- Review space constraints of the line.
- Confirm product throughput and flow (product separation, line speed, parts per minute, etc…)
- Meet plant personal. (We realize that all plant personnel do not have the same level of experience to support vision solutions. It is our job to understand and develop the capabilities of plant staff, vision experience [good or bad], buy in, etc.)
- Make certain an Ethernet line can be dropped to remotely support the system.
- Start building a personal relationship with the plant personal so they feel comfortable working with kmV.
Step 4) Project Development
- Request & receive more samples (if needed) based on site visit.
- Finalize feasibility analysis.
- Submit final proposal with 3D layout drawing and scope of work document.