Industrial automation has always been about control. But now and in the near future it will also be about data. Data will be used to populate automated controllers and provide operators with the real-time information they will need to run the process they are working with. Vision systems will produce more and more GB of data that will have to be streamed, converted and sorted in the producers systems.
At the same time sensors are becoming more simple, less costly, and smarter. Many applications do not require heavy, expensive, hazardous area enclosures, as simple housings are effective and more affordable. Nevertheless, still in many places producers need very specific ruggedized equipment to secure stability of the processes – especially now, when data produced by all kinds of devices are rapidly growing. What they are looking for is not only size or cost efficiency, but also effectiveness, ease of management possibilities or low maintenance costs. When compared all together, this combination can create a stable system, which is so important in every visual inspection system.
Automatic optical inspection (AOI), vision inspection, and process automation are ideal applications using compact size and high-performance compact systems. To address the high diversity and flexibility demands of Industry 4.0, the MIC-7500 IPC plattform features Intel’s 6th generation of Core i CPU’s, rich I/O (2xGiga LAN, 8xUSB3.0, 4xCOM ports, 2x RS232/422/485 serial & 4x RS232 expansion by cable) that support diverse communication requirements and devices, including external sensors, controllers and displays. i-Modules provide important value-added options for flexible expansion. Currently five modules have been developed (2×2 expansion slots, 2×4 expansion slots, and 1×2 expansion slots with 2×2.5″ hot-swappable tray) however, these flexible modules can be customized to customer applications and additional I-modules are planed to fulfill customers demands in the future. Besides satisfying diverse I/O requirements, they are easy to assemble and have a simple upgrade path. Additionally, the MIC-7500 IPC platform can be integrated with a wide range of expansion i-Modules to support diverse applications. The system’s fanless ruggedized design supports a wide input power range. The modules are designed to be integrated with the IPC and provide economical and flexible expansion on demand. The ruggedized design and cast aluminium case offer vibration and shock protection, as well as a passive thermnal suolution that ensure silent operations. Designed for the industrial automation market with capabilities to withstand harsh environments and 24/7 operation, all electronic components are rugged and satisfy certification standards for environmental protection, EMI/ESD tolerance, and high-voltage surge requirements (2kV). Finally, the new IPC plattform supports the Microsoft Windows 7/8/10 and Linux operating systems, which is equipped with Advantech’s SusiAccess remote management software utility for convenient management and system protection: Furthermore it supports different embedded software APIs. The MIC-7500 is a powerful, compact, fanless industrial system that supports a wide power input range and operating temperatures of -20 up to 60°C. It is powered by a 6th generation Intel Core i processor that delivers up to 10% additional CPU performance and 30% faster graphics compared to the previous generation. For storage is a 1×2.5″HDD, 1x Cfast slot and 1x internatl mSATA (Mini-PCIe interface). A 4GB memory is inside which can be updated 32GB. With its dimensions of 74x192x230mm and 2.9kg the IPC fits for a variety of applications. It gives a wide range of possibilities for administrative systems and secures stability of the system.
Although different 3D cameras and scanners have existed for some time, present solutions have been limited by several unwanted compromises. If you wanted high speed, you would get very low resolution and accuracy (e.g. Time-of-Flight cameras and existing stereo vision cameras, which despite being fast typically have resolution in the millimeter to centimeter range). If you wanted high resolution and accuracy, you would typically get a camera that was slow and expensive (e.g. the high accuracy scanners).
Vom 18. bis 19. Oktober veranstaltet der VDI die nunmehr 4. Fachkonferenz zum Thema ‚Industrielle Bildverarbeitung‘ im Kongresshaus Baden-Baden. In 19 Fachvorträgen werden u.a. die Schwerpunktthemen Automation in der Robotik mit 3D-Bildverarbeitung, Oberflächeninspektion und Bildverarbeitung in der Nahrungsmittelindustrie und intelligenten Logistik behandelt.
C-Red 2 is an ultra high speed low noise camera designed for high resolution SWIR-imaging based on the Snake detector from Sofradir. The camera is capable of unprecedented performances up to 400fps with a read out noise below 30 electrons. To achieve these performances, it integrates a 640×512 InGaAs PIN Photodiode detector with 15m pixel pitch for high resolution, which embeds an electronic shutter with integration pulses shorter than 1μs. The camera is capable of windowing and multiple ROI, allowing faster image rate while maintaining a very low noise.
Ob Automatisierung, Mensch-Maschine-Kollaboration in der Robotik oder selbstfahrende Autos – die Auswahl des richtigen Sensors hängt stark von der Applikation und dem gewünschten Output ab. Diese 6 Faktoren helfen Ihnen dabei, den passenden Sensor für Ihre Applikation zu finden!
Vom 17. bis 18. Oktober veranstaltet die Metrologic Group ihr diesjähriges Anwendertreffen in Uhingen. Bei den zahlreichen Anwendervorträgen und der Hausmesse sind auch Messtechnik Firmen wie Creaform, Faro, Hexagon, Kreon und Wenzel vertreten. Anmeldeschluss ist bereits der 4. Oktober.
Die deutsche industrielle Bildverarbeitung hat im Jahr 2016 ein Umsatzplus von 9% gegenüber dem Vorjahr erwirtschaftet. Dabei stieg das Inlandsgeschäft um 3%, das Auslandsgeschäft um 14%. Laut Prognose des VDMA Robotik + Automation rechnet man für 2017 mit einem Umsatzplus von 10% auf dann 2,4Mrd.€.