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Success Stories: How AI Is Transforming the Industrial Field Nowadays


The global artificial intelligence in manufacturing market is expected to reach USD 16.3 billion by 2027 according to MarketsandMarkets. AI has revolutionized industrial fields by making it much more efficient, productive and cost-effective. Advantech provides hardware and software integrated offerings to help customers accelerate their AI-powered defect inspection, robot, and workplace safety applications

Case 1-PCB defect inspection

Traditional PCB manufacturers usually use rule-based machine vision algorithms for defect inspection and need a highly skilled inspector to recheck. Our customer, a well-known PCB manufacturer with three major manufacturing centers in Asia was planning to improve its dual in-line package (DIP) and SMT production line’s yield rate by utilizing AI technology. Currently, each PCB still needs manual rechecking after automated visual inspection. This is because, commonly, about 2-3 electrical components on a PCB are not accurately recognized from data captured from 3D cameras due to low contrast. As a result, the underkill rate of AOI screening reaches up to 70-80%.


 • Long development time from prototype to production. 

 • Continuous accuracy improvement is required


 Inference- AIR-030, Retraining- AIR-520  

 Software- Phison’s aiDAPTIV+ AOI Service

Case 2-Power plant inspection robot

Our customer stands as a prominent company in China, spearheading the development and implementation of intelligent inspection solutions for electrical equipment. Committed to aiding power plants and electrical substations, their mission is to address challenges such as diminishing manual inspection requirements, lowering maintenance costs, and mitigating the risk of safety incidents through AI technology and video analysis. By integrating cutting-edge technologies like drones, cameras, and autonomous robots, they have effectively and extensively incorporated AI solutions into diverse facets of power equipment operations such as transmission line maintenance, defect inspection, security monitoring, and distribution maintenance.


• AI computing power dedicated to processing images and translating diverse values from electricity meters 

• Harsh outdoor environments 

• Developing different software around Ubuntu


Inference- AIR-030, OS- Ubuntu, SDK- JetPack 5.0 and above

Case 3-Workplace safety

Workplace safety is vital to protect employees from hazards and other dangers that may occur in the workplace. The Liberty Mutual Workplace Safety Index reported that for every $1 a company invests in workplace safety, the result amounts to a $4 return on investment. Our customer was looking for a vision AI solution that can help the manufacturing manager ensure operational safety while also improving efficiency and productivity with two specific objectives:

• To check if an operator is wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) including cap, antistatic clothes/wrist strap, and mask properly 

• Detection of idle time to raise assembly line productivity


• High level of detection accuracy under poor lighting and image quality caused by environmental conditions 

• Real-time notification for manufacturing managers 


Inference- AIR-020, Software- CyberLink FaceMe, SDK- NVIDIA JetPack SDK