This time of year usually means a crop of camera news and the team at MVPro asked some of the leading sector companies to send in their latest news and updates
CX.I cameras can now be used to cover applications in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries
With the specially developed IP 65, IP 67 and IP 69K housing accessories, Baumer CX.I cameras can now be used to cover applications in the food, beverage and pharmaceutical industries, which set high standards regarding cleaning media or surface roughness in the splash or product contact zone.
In thermal terms, the accessories are ideal matches for the cameras and turn them into IP 65, IP 67 or IP 69K cameras in no time at all. This flexibility means that the right version is available for every field of application, with an optimum price-performance ratio.
The IP 65/67 housing was developed in accordance with EHEDG guidelines. Thanks to its round shape, liquids flow off quickly without forming dirt pockets. The hard anodized surface also resists intensive cleaning processes.
The washdown design of the EHEDG-compliant, IP 69K, stainless steel housing, eliminates the possibility of product residue adhesion, facilitates residue-free cleaning and prevents the formation of bacteria. With a surface roughness of less than 0.8 µm and food-grade, hardwearing seals, it is also suitable for splash and food zones in which oils and greases or chemically aggressive cleaning media are used.
The housing kits are supplemented by an extensive range of tubes to meet the various application requirements. Tubes are available with different cover glass materials such as acrylic glass or chemically strengthened alumino-silicate glass with high scratch, impact and fracture resistance as laminated safety glass for a long service life.
The CX.I cameras with resolutions of up to 12 megapixels and up to 148 fps can withstand shocks of up to 100 g, vibrations of up to 10g, and have 4 power outputs with pulse width modulation and a power output of up to 120 W (max. 48 V / 2.5 A) to control lighting directly without an external controller. Models with an extended operating temperature range from -40 °C to 70 °C also allow for use in extremely demanding ambient conditions.
Smart IR thermal imaging cameras ready for Industry 4.0
The new range of IRSX industrial IR cameras from Automation Technology is designed to facilitate the use of thermal imaging in Industry 4.0 applications. Completely self-contained with embedded data processing, these compact, rugged cameras feature a multitude of interface protocols for direct communication with automation and control equipment. These include OPC-UA, a platformindependent, open standard for machine-to-machine communication which is ideally suited for Industry 4.0.
With a choice of sensors (336 x 256 or 640 x 512 pixels), fields of view, frame rates and physical configurations, these new cameras can be used for autonomous thermal monitoring wherever temperature is a critical factor in the manufacture and processing of industrial products. Other applications include preventive early fire detection and plant condition monitoring.
A powerful, user-friendly web interface provides access to a comprehensive range of software tools on the versatile embedded AT Vision World platform. These support the integration and use of the cameras and include sensor communication libraries and standard APIs such as REST, GigE Vision, MQTT and OPC-UA as well as a constantly growing number of application-specific apps. Solutions for thermal imaging applications can therefore be created easily and efficiently without the need for a PC or additional specialized thermal imaging software. This reduces system complexity, installation time and cost.
The IRSX series offers versatile integration and control capabilities. The cameras can be easily integrated into software projects using cxCamSDK. This provides a C-based API and language wrappers for C++, Python, MATLAB and Octave as well as a generic interface based on the GEV/GenICam transport layer standard. The cxRestAPI defines an architecture approach based on WWW standards for communication between different systems in networks. This facilitates integration based on standardized methods such as HTTP/-S, JSON or XML.
The cameras feature a number of communication protocols for interfacing to external automation and control equipment, from the well-established Profinet or Modbus TCP to the newer OPC-UA and MQTT. They also have digital I/Os for control and alarming as well as an encoder interface, e.g. for part tracking on variable speed lines. The OPC-UA and MQTT protocols will play an important role in the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communication for Industry 4.0. Using OPC-UA, the sender and receiver communicate directly, however MQTT uses an intermediary known as an MQTT broker. Both protocols provide standardization and high scalability.
The cameras are available in three model types to meet a wide variety of applications and installations. The ‘compact’ mvpromedia.eu 21 and ‘universal’ versions are supplied in rugged IP67 full-metal housings and can be installed on the factory floor even in very small spaces without any need for an additional protective enclosure. The compact version is designed for use with wide field of view lenses, while the universal version is compatible with most lenses. An ‘open’ version without housing is also available. This can be fitted with a housing for a specific application by the customer. A housing integration kit can also be supplied.
A wide range of lenses is available for a host of thermographic applications. All lenses feature a large aperture for high radiation throughput and maximum utilization of sensor sensitivity for high- quality thermal images. Customer-specific focal lengths, e.g. large ones for monitoring distant objects, are available on request.
Human assistance camera
STEMMER IMAGING also told us that it was making available a human assistance camera in Europe.
The Ricoh SC-10 camera inspection system, is designed to both provide assembly instructions to operators and verify each step has been completed correctly. It is promoted as a simple, self-contained camera system and one which is having a major impact in many different manufacturing environments in Japan.
It works by loading a set of work instructions into the camera and displaying on a monitor while the camera scans the work-piece. The human operator follows the on-screen assembly instructions and after every action, the system compares the result to the correct stored image before the next step can be taken. This reduces errors, helps operators learn new tasks and provides a digital audit trail of all operations.
The RICOH SC – 10 series automatically checks the assembly status and identifies incorrect, or missing items by using either pattern matching, colour verification, or identifying the presence of textures. In addition, when used in conjunction with a Barcode scanner, it can record the part number and select the job instruction set, record the serial number and user ID. Each step completed is recorded in a CSV file including the time spent and an optional image of the inspection can be saved. This means that it can be used for assembly work analysis and traceability.
The camera features in-built software, which can be set up with a directly attached mouse and keyboard via USB. An HDMI monitor can be connected to display the assembly instructions and inspection state. No PC is required. Job configuration and instruction along with the inspection audit report can be stored either on the inbuilt SD card, or on a network storage location via the inbuilt Ethernet port.
New industrial cameras from IDS: IMX226 sensor offers excellent image quality
IDS has integrated the high-resolution 12 MP IMX226 rolling shutter sensor into the uEye CP camera family, giving increased resolution, speed and sensitivity. The new models are available with the established GigE or USB3 interfaces and will be available from May 2019.
Thanks to the BSI (“back-sideillumination”) technology of the SONY STARVIS series of sensors, the IMX226 is perfect for tasks that require optimal results even in low light conditions. It delivers extremely low-noise images and is therefore ideally suited for applications in areas such as microscopy, medicine, logistics and traffic monitoring.
With a sensor size of 1/1.7”, the uEye CP cameras, which are only 29 x 29 x 29 mm in size, also allow for a very large selection of cost-effective lenses. The sensor will be available in either colour or monochrome. Thanks to the unique IDS software suite, users can also experience practical “plug & play” with these cameras: the models are automatically recognised in the system and are immediately ready for use.
Ensenso XR camera creates 3D data twice as fast thanks to on-board processing.IDS said that its Ensenso XR stereo camera can calculate 3D point clouds itself. It then transmits the data via Gigabit Ethernet, or WiFi to a host PC for further analysis.
The advantages of the new camera series include, for example, significantly faster 3D data generation and reduced load on bandwidth and connected PCs. Models of the Ensenso N and X series make use of an industrial computer to calculate 3D point clouds. As the cameras can handle the calculations themselves and transmit only the results, 3D data can be generated twice as fast, depending on the parameterization. What’s more, if data is transmitted via WiFi, only one cable (for power supply) needs to be connected to the camera. This is important, for example, if the camera is installed on a robot arm.
“Ensenso XR inherits the modular concept and precise detail capture of the X series and provides new scope through the fast capture of 3D point clouds, from which many applications will benefit,” explains Dr. Martin Hennemann, Product Manager Ensenso at IDS. The camera series was officially presented for the first time at VISION 2018 based on a prototype.
Adds Four New Models to its Triton Industrial Camera Series
LUCID has added four new Triton GigE Vision camera models featuring Sony Pregius global shutter CMOS image sensors.
The new Triton cameras, recently moved into series production, range from 0.4 to 12.3 Megapixel resolution. The lower resolution Triton models include the monochrome and color versions of the 0.4 MP Sony Pregius IMX287 CMOS sensor running at 291 fps and the 1.6 MP Sony IMX273 running at 77 fps. The higher resolution models feature the monochrome and color versions of the 8.9 MP Sony Pregius IMX267 running at 13.7 fps and the 12.3 MP Sony IMX304 CMOS sensors running at 10 fps.
The Triton camera sets a new price performance standard in the industrial camera market. Active Sensor Alignment for superior optical performance, a lightweight, compact 29 x 29 mm size, and IP67 protection make the Triton camera suitable for any industrial environment. The M12 Ethernet and M8 I/O connectors provide a robust connection resistant to shock and vibration and are protected from dirt, dust, and water. The Triton camera has a wide operating temperature ranging from -20°C to 55°C ambient, ensuring a reliable operation in challenging conditions.
“We’re pleased to further expand our Triton camera series and offer a broad selection of image sensors, resolutions and frame rates,” says Rod Barman, Founder and President at LUCID Vision Labs. “Featuring a rugged design for long-term reliability and a very attractive price point, the Triton camera is ideal for a wide range of demanding applications and harsh environments.”
All LUCID cameras conform to the GigE Vision 2.0 and GenICam3 standards and are supported by LUCID’s own Arena software development kit. The Arena SDK provides customers with easy access to the latest industry standards and software technology. The SDK supports Windows, Linux 64bit and Linux ARM operating systems, and C, C++, C# and Python programming languages.
SICK has launched the Ranger3 camera, a high-definition streaming camera.
It will, said the company, push forward the boundaries of 3D vision inspection in a wide range of industrial applications thanks to a breakthrough CMOS sensor that powers unprecedented high-speed image processing in a compact device.
The Ranger3 is the first to be powered by SICK’s innovative Imager with ROCC (Rapid On-Chip Calculation technology). Faster than any comparable device on the market said SICK, its next-generation technology is capable of capturing 7000 profiles per second at full sensor acquisition.
The Ranger3 extracts the true 3D shape of an object, regardless of its contrast, or colour, and as a result achieves 3D measurement with unprecedented accuracy, enabling operators to achieve reliable quality inspection at more rapid throughputs.
“The SICK Ranger3 is built around our new M30 CMOS sensor, which is seven times as sensitive as anything SICK has used before in its vision cameras,” says Neil Sandhu SICK (UK) vision specialist. “This means that lighting is never going to be an issue, even with low contrast dark objects at high speeds.
“The SICK Ranger3’s sensor acquires 3D profiles over 2560 coordinates at 1/16 subpixel resolution, for very high definition, even on very dark or reflective surfaces, for an outstanding imaging dynamic range.”