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DALSA Genie camera and many more are now supported by EyeVision
The Genie GigE series and others by DALSA are now supported in EyeVision software.
In addition, EyeVision offers a new feature, where with only one instance several cameras or sensors can be operated at the same time. Computers with more than one core can operate more than one camera per instance. The cameras can run different inspection programs but only use one EyeVision license. In short: One EyeVision license, several instances and several cameras per instance. And it does not matter if the cameras have different interfaces (GigE, USB, RS232, etc.), are 2D or 3D cameras, or have color or grey scale sensors.
With this function the user might consider using EyeMultiView. It can display up to 16 camera views and evaluation images on one screen. With that many instances and cameras running at the same time, the display functionality of EyeMultiView makes monitoring easier for the user.
For example, one camera can run pattern matching for error detection on a label and on the second camera the inspection for closed package. On the third camera the color inspection and the fourth one can read the bar code. With the Multi-Instance you only need one license for all this. All is now possible with DALSA cameras and as always, the inspection programs can be created with the drag-and-drop function and in the graphical user interface where the user can switch between the different projects and programs.
Smart Vision Sensor with commands for robot control
EVT has now added the new EyeSens Robotic to the Smart Vision Sensor System EyeSens.
It is now possible to directly control a UR “Universal Robot” with the new software add-on with only a few clicks. With the EyeSens smart vision sensors the user can easily create a complex pick and place application. The Robotic add-on in combination with the EyeSens Match allows every user, beginners as well as advanced users, to solve pick and place applications with a UR robot.
The support of other robots with the EyeSens Vision Sensors will be possible in the near future.
The EyeSens Vision Sensors contain the command set based on EyeVision software which contains hundreds of tools including the KeyMatch (pattern matching) and Blob (object detection) commands.
The measurement of holes and the determination of their position is a special challenge. EyeVision 3D software offers precise 3D measurements with more than 40 specialized commands.
In the case of sheet metal components, it is possible to capture the whole component geometry in a high-resolution point cloud by using visual 3D metrology. A precise metrology command set allows correctly defining various measurements in a point cloud and their coordinates in relation to other results with only a few commands.
Typical characteristics such as hole patterns, cut/trimming, and resilience on edge laps of car bodies can also be measured exactly.
For the inspection of weld seams, as well as adhesive beads, EyeVision 3D software uses the ProfileMatch command. Just a simple parametrization allows the evaluation of profiles and issues an analysis of the detected defect. A detailed protocol for all measurement results can be issued with just a few mouse clicks.
With the complete command set of EyeVision software it is possible to configure the application with 2D cameras and 3D sensors. For example, the point cloud can be displayed as 2½D image, and read an embossed or engraved lettering with a 2D OCR module. This is useful when reading DOT code on a tire or stamped numbers in metal.
EVT image processing software supports various 3D sensors of different technologies, including: AT Automation Technology, Gocator from LMI, Basler ToF, Wenglor, QuellTech, ShapeDrive, Zivid, etc (see table below).
|3D Technology||EyeVision 3D supported Maker|
|Time of Flight||Basler ToF|
|Lasertriangulation||AT Automation Technology|
More 3D sensors which will be supported by EyeVision 3D are about to follow.
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EyeVision software from EVT now offers EyeMeasureEasy (EME), an intuitive image analyzing tool. The user can directly measure and analyze image data with only a few mouse clicks. The tool can be used for applications in microscopy. The features of EME can be extended, so that it can be integrated into a fully automated, industrial inspection process.
With EyeMeasureEasy the user can display live-images, and can save images and load them from memory. There are several different measurement options that can be carried out on those images, such as:
- Angle including three points or four points
- Distances between two points
- Radius of circles including three points or n-points or automatic
The measured results can be shown via a text overlay, list boxes or charts. The measurements can be controlled by the user through “start” and “stop” buttons, or the measurements can be carried out in a free-running measurement.
The camera options can be set directly and the user interface is a design framework for a customized graphic user interface.
EyeVision software provides the integrated “brain” of the 3D sensor. EyeVision allows the sensor not only to capture an image but also to use the complete 3D command set of the software to measure, compare and read the 3D point cloud or 2D gray-scale image.
The Gocator is a compact sensor in an industrial housing with a protection class of up to IP67. It has two digital outputs, RS485 Serial and one analogue output (4 – 20 mA). More than one of the Gocator sensor families can be used with effortless configuration and synchronization.
With the EyeVision machine vision software the sensor has various commands available. Starting with the “3D Blob” command which is very versatile and can be used count objects within a point cloud, the software contains commands to measure openings (holes, slots), cylinder, studs (threaded and non-threaded), plane, etc. It has also 3D volumetric tools: volumes, areas, bounding boxes, positions (min, max, centroid), ellipses, orientations, etc.
Additionally, the 3D-software now also has a “RectProbe” command to find edge-points in a certain direction and returning the detected edge. This can be useful for additional measurements on the point cloud. There are also various filter commands such as “Merge”, which merges two point clouds into one, or the filter command “Outlier Removal”, which removes all points that deviate in Z-direction from their neighbors by a certain amount. Also important is the “Voxelgrid” filter, which down-samples a point cloud using a voxel grid and outputs points that are the average of all points inside a voxel. The filter can make unordered point clouds into ordered.
EyeVision software utilizes a graphical user interface. The commands can be drag-and-dropped in a program editor, where the inspection program can be created, even without programming skills.
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The EyeScan AT 3D sensor – together with EyeVision image processing software can inspect the correct position of pins and check for the quality and position of balls on a Ball-Grid-Array. The connectors of BGAs can be inspected with the 3D sensor for various characteristics up to an accuracy of a micrometer (µm).
Thanks to the Scheimpflug-projection, the laser line stays focused and distortion-free. Even in a high-speed application, the captured images have a high resolution, and no lens distortion correction is needed. Every single bump of the BGA is inspected for its size and shape up to a µm-accuracy.
The EyeScan AT utilizes precision laser line measurement (or laser triangulation). The camera views a laser line, which is projected onto the component (in this case: the BGA) and calculates the height information from the laser line profile.
Utilizing a precision blue laser and on board FPGA the EyeScan AT 3D is capable of over 20,000 profiles per second with very high resolution to capture even the finest details. Additionally, the High Dynamic Range algorithm with threefold exposure allows inspection of bright and dark objects in the same scan without loss of speed.
3D image information is processed by the powerful EyeVision software which is programmed though an intuitive drag and drop interface.