Wear level of tool inserts in automated processes is tried using techniques of artificial vision. An application has been developed in Matlab that allows the acquisition of images with different resolutions and later on to process them. It is explained how the vision system used has been designed and implemented. The method for acquiring tool insert images and their treatment in the pre-processing, segmentation and post-processing is commented. First results are also presented using diverse texture descriptors. These first results must be corroborated carrying out new experiments with a bigger number of images.