Digitizing templates has always been cumbersome. Templates are used quite often to define non-rectangular (shaped) glass sheets. Unfortunately, they cannot be used directly for production but need to be converted into a digital representation (typically a sequence of arcs and straight lines). To do so, they are quite often transported long distances to a production facility.

A joint development by Viprotron and A+W combining image processing and mathematical (geometry) knowledge resulted in a new digitizing method at ease: Using mobile devices like mobile phones or intelligent scanners to take pictures from templates in combination with reference objects.

The advantages are multifold. Using standard devices at hand plus some specific reference objects, pictures may be taken anywhere. Processing takes place in the cloud and the final geometry is derived in the production facility.

There is no need any more to send templates around reducing transport costs and speeding up processes.