Autonomous Real-Time Gauge Reading in an Industrial Environment

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Abstract

In many industrial environments physical process values are still measured using analog gauges. An automatic reading of these instruments using wireless or wired data connections is often not feasible, due to cost- or technical issues. In such cases manual reading using human personnel is currently state-of-the-art. Especially in large plants (e.g. oil gas refinery) these tasks are very error-prone, time-consuming and often dangerous due to exposed positions of the gauges. Recent research in the domain of autonomous robots and machine vision broadened the way of implementing either assistive or fully autonomous systems for reading analog gauges in hazardous environments. Therefore this work introduces a novel method for the detection of the gauge itself, the detection of the pointer needle and the extraction of information from the markings on the gauge. This allows the extraction of a physical measurement value without any prior knowledge about the gauge.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2020 25th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1281-1284
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728189567
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2020
Event25th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2020 - Vienna, Austria
Duration: 8 Sep 202011 Sep 2020

Publication series

NameIEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA
Volume2020-September
ISSN (Print)1946-0740
ISSN (Electronic)1946-0759

Conference

Conference25th IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Factory Automation, ETFA 2020
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period08.09.202011.09.2020

Keywords

  • gauge detection
  • industrial application
  • machine vision
  • search and rescue robotics

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