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Using deep learning techniques for automated inspections

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Thomas Woudsma 0178

Thomas

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Thomas Woudsma 0178

Thomas

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At Prodrive Technologies I work as a software architect on the manufacturing automation of the factory, particularly the AI and vision solutions that provide the intelligence. What I find a big advantage of working here is that I have a big say in defining on what I want to work on. Currently, I do not only work on the implementation of software and algorithms but also have a more leading role in making architectural design choices and reviewing the work of other engineers.

When I start my day, I typically check if there is any review work for me to do. Reviewing each other’s work is very important so we can use the lessons learned, do not invent the wheel again and it also results in having everything documented as a bonus. I get a kick out of helping colleagues with their software, calibration, qualification and vision challenges and as a result often get quite a few calls every day. I will not get bored easily!

I can also spend some time on my own work which currently involves improving camera calibration algorithms. It uses ChArUco patterns that, without going into too many technical details, result in having a better distribution of calibration points and in turn gives a more accurate camera calibration. It is quite important to get this right as all future camera setups used for inspections and localization of components depend on the accuracy of this calibration.

Finally, as an architect I am working on a roadmap to determine the future of deep learning and machine vision at Prodrive Technologies. Visual inspection processes that are currently being automated are component presence detection, cable insertion and anomaly detection for product damage. I setup requirements for a generic machine learning framework and its applications so we can leverage machine learning technologies in multiple processes. This is a big motivator for me as I can really contribute to how the company applies vision and machine learning techniques that will play a large role the fully autonomous lights-out factory.

I get a kick out of helping colleagues with their software, calibration, qualification and vision challenges

Pros and cons

  • Very versatile work from requirements, to implementation and qualification

  • You are allowed to take responsibility if you think it can be done better

  • Flexible working hours and environment

  • I get a lot of calls to help colleagues

  • I get a lot of calls

The Prodrive Technologies Mindset

Responsibility

You don’t just go to work, you feel responsible for your project

Flexible

You decide when, where and how much you want to work

Manufacturing

You like to think about manufacturability when designing

Initiative

You don’t sit and wait, you have a hands-on mentality

Have you got what it takes to become a Prodriver?

What we offer

  • Perfect environment for those eager to develop themselves and take full responsibility for a project.
  • Many opportunities for personal and professional development, along with the flexibility to explore diverse roles across various projects.
  • A young and dynamic culture which stimulates innovative thinking and taking initiatives.
  • Personal budget just for you to learn new things. Your growth is our priority.
  • Flexibility of a 24/7 work environment with provided lunch, dinner, and access to our company gym.
  • Personalized development plan to craft your future.
  • You will receive essential tools if these are necessary to perform your job (i.e. iPhone and laptop).
  • On-campus sports facilities enable you to incorporate exercise seamlessly into your work routine.
  • A performance-driven salary that grows with your accomplishments.
  • Unlock the opportunity to become a shareholder and entrepreneur within the company.
  • Travel allowance based on the days you are actually at Prodrive Technologies.
  • Work-life balance with at least 33 vacation days per year.
  • Access a retirement plan.

Application steps

  1. Your journey with us starts with a swift review of your application by one of our recruiters.
  2. In some cases, if we see a potential fit, you will receive an exclusive link to our online aptitude test to assess if you’re up for the challenge.
  3. We will schedule a personal interview not only to determine if your skills match the job, but also to see if there is a spark between you and Prodrive Technologies.
  4. To complete the application journey we will send you a suitable offer and once you sign, we can welcome you to the Prodrive Technologies family.