2019 Volume 59 Issue 1 Pages 98-103
In steel industry, product number recognition is necessary for factory automation. Before final production, the billet identification number (BIN) should be checked to prevent mixing billets of different material. There are two types of BINs, namely, paint-type and sticker-type BINs. In addition, the BIN comprises seven to nine alphanumeric characters except the letters I and O. The BIN may be rotated in various directions. Therefore, for proper recognition and accident prevention, end-to-end BIN recognition system that uses the deep learning is proposed. Specifically, interpretation and sticker extraction modules are developed. Furthermore, the fully convolutional network (FCN) with deconvolution layer is used and optimized. To increase the BIN recognition accuracy, the FCN was simulated for various structures and was transferred from the pre-trained model. The BIN is identified by the trained FCN model and interpretation module. If the BIN is sticker-type, it is inferred after the sticker region is extracted by the sticker extraction module. The accuracy of the proposed system was shown to be approximately 99.59% in an eight-day period.