Dr. Dominik Lausch, CEO of DENKweit GmbH in Halle (Saale), Germany (photo: Denkweit)

Clever Image Evaluation for Industry

DENKweit GmbH, a young company based in Halle (Saale), Germany, intends to perfect AI-based image analysis for industry and make it easily accessible. CEO Dr. Dominik Lausch tells us how users can get started with AI-based image analysis, and is looking forward to the live Control trade fair in May 2022.

 

Dr. Lausch, you’re a young company from the industrial image processing sector. What exactly do you do?

Lausch: Our vision is to perfect AI-based image analysis for industry and to make it very easily accessible. We’ve developed a platform to this end, namely the DENKweit Vision AI Hub, in which all relevant AI vision technologies are brought together and can be accessed with just a few clicks. The platform is continuously evolving. As a Fraunhofer spin-off, we’ve been focusing our efforts on offering high-performance, leading-edge technical solutions right from the very beginning. We’ve implemented a number of our own in-house developments with this in mind, from which our users benefit.

 

Which industries and users benefit from your know-how?

Lausch: Basically we see ourselves as technology enablers, which means we make a tool available to partners with which they can set up image evaluation 24/7 – without any of their own in-house know-how. Our key customers are automation companies and equipment manufacturers, for whom we take care of the puzzle piece involving image evaluation. This is often done on site by students. Beyond this, we also work with drones and do road surveys. We even have a customer who photographs and analyses birds.

 

How can industrial manufacturing companies benefit from your solution?

Lausch: It’s quite simple. Register for log-in, upload images, create solutions and try them out. If they’re satisfied, we offer three options for solution integration: 1) an offline tool, 2) an API or 3) a DLL. Individualised solutions are also always possible.

 

The 34th Control international trade fair for quality assurance will take place from 3 to 6 May 2022, where the issue of industrial image processing will play a significant role. In your opinion, how important is it for industry players to finally meet again live and in person, and to engage in conversation with each other directly in the presence of the actual object under discussion?

Lausch: For me, personal contact with our partners and customers is very important because I also want to know who I’m working with. After all, we invest a great deal of time and energy. I also find face-to-face meetings enormously important in order to understand what we’re doing wrong and what others are doing better. We’re quite new to this field, so we depend to a great extent on this kind of personal exchange. That’s why I think it’s extremely important for the trade fair to take place again in real life.

 

What will you actually exhibit?

Lausch: We’re currently planning booths at our partners XACTOOLS and MICRO-EPSILON. We’ll provide access to our platform, present one or two applications and perhaps introduce a couple of new technologies as well. I don’t want to disclose any more than that at this point in time.

DENKweit sees itself as a technology enabler who makes a tool available to customers with which they can perform image evaluation without any of their own in-house know-how. (photo: Denkweit)