Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Electrical Engineering

First Advisor

Dr. Satya Aditya Akundi

Second Advisor

Dr. Jia Chen

Third Advisor

Dr. Mostafizur Rahman


Quality control (QC) in manufacturing processes is critical to ensuring consumers receive products with proper functionality and reliability. Faulty products can lead to additional costs for the manufacturer and damage trust in a brand. A growing trend in QC is the use of machine vision (MV) systems because of their noncontact inspection, high repeatability, and efficiency. This thesis presents a robust MV system developed to perform comparative dimensional inspection on diversely shaped samples. Perimeter, area, rectangularity, and circularity are determined in the dimensional inspection algorithm for a base item and test items. A score determined with the four obtained parameter values provides the likeness between the base item and a test item. Additionally, a surface defect inspection is offered capable of identifying scratches, dents, and markings. The dimensional and surface inspections are used in a QC industrial case study. The case study examines the existing QC system for an electric motor manufacturer and proposes the developed QC system to increase product inspection count and efficiency while maintaining accuracy and reliability. Finally, the QC system is integrated in a simulated product inspection line consisting of a robotic arm and conveyor belts. The simulated product inspection line could identify the correct defect in all tested items and demonstrated the system’s automation capabilities.


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