The NI Vision 8 development module is a comprehensive suite of vision software tools that engineers, integrators and machine builders can use to improve system efficiency and increase quality control in the manufacturing process. The Vision 8 development module combines a collection of vision libraries with acquisition software for thousands of cameras, including those based on the IEEE 1394 (FireWire) connection standard, all optimised for common programming environments like NI LabVIEW and Microsoft C++, Visual Basic and .NET. In addition, the Vision 8 development module includes new algorithms for golden template comparison, optical character verification (OCV) and data matrix grading that are designed to help engineers identify packaging and assembly errors earlier in production.
Sensors which are able to predict when mechanical parts in machinery and transport will breakdown before they actually do could be introduced by 2010, slashing maintenance costs across the manufacturing, automotive and plant machinery industries.
The PresencePlus P4 Edge 1.3 vision sensor from Banner Engineering Corp makes detailed automated error-proofing and inspections possible at what is claimed to be a fraction of the cost of comparable vision sensors. The P4 Edge 1.3 uses a 1280 x 1024 pixel imager (1,310,720 pixels) to capture minute details of multiple features at ranges from a few inches to several feet, depending on the lens used.
SciTech has announced the release of a video inspection system with metrology software from PAX-it. Users can turn the PAXcam microscope digital camera into a powerful video inspection system, by using PAXcam and the PAX-it live measurement module and quickly and repeatedly collecting and recording dimensional measurements. PAXcam with live measurement is a comprehensive non-destructive visual inspection solution.
The debate about PLC versus PC had been going on for a while when a new name appeared, the PAC (programmable automation controller). PAC promises to bring the best of both worlds, the functionality of the PC and the reliability of the PLC
The series of piezoceramic linear actuators called the PICA Stack actuators from Physik Instrument (PI), come in a variety of load ranges from 100 to 100,000 N can generate forces up to 80,000 N. Typical applications include optics, smart structures, precision machining, valve control, nanopositioning and nanotechnology, and other applications where nanometre precise motion, fast response and/or high forces are required.