Jun 29, 2021

FREMONT, Calif.—PathPartner Technology, a product R&D organization, is collaborating  with Intel Corporation to help manufacturers adopt an artificial intelligence (AI) based technology for detecting defects in the welding process, PathPartner said in a release.

PathPartner (www.pathpartnertech.com) is leveraging its expertise in building state-of-the-art AI and machine vision software on Intel® edge processors to help manufacturers successfully adopt the defect detection technology and expand it to address broader Industry 4.0 use cases, according to the release.

The AI technology, developed by Intel, aims to solve the costly, age-old problem of manually detecting defects in the robotic welding process. It uses a deep neural network-based inferencing engine to detect welding defects in a way not possible with the human eye. The solution is scalable, powered by Intel® Core™ i7 processors. It uses Intel® Movidius™ VPUs and the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit to detect defects with very low latency and high accuracy, PathPartner said.

The collaboration brings together Intel’s AI technology and PathPartner’s expertise in building highly efficient, AI-based software to help manufacturers apply the technology to their  custom use cases. PathPartner said it is well positioned to support manufacturers in their AI adoption journey due to its “breadth of industry experience, custom AI algorithm development expertise, and engineering talent with hands-on experience on Intel edge processors.”

“AI and machine vision technologies are transforming traditional manufacturing processes in ways we could never imagine before,” said Raman Narayan, country head, USA at PathPartner, in the release. “PathPartner is extremely excited to collaborate with Intel and be at the forefront of this transformation. With our extensive experience in building custom AI-based solutions, coupled with the compute horsepower of Intel edge processors, we are committed towards helping our customers successfully deploy machine vision on their smart factory floors and bring unprecedented efficiencies in their manufacturing processes.”

The technology is available for a free evaluation on the AWS marketplace. System integrators and manufactures can quickly evaluate the technology without concerns about hardware dependencies, software installations, and other dependencies, PathPartner said in the release.

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