Product Update: Intelligent Inspection Systems
From smart cameras to vision sensors, these systems are designed to help you achieve successful inspections.
A computer-automated proofreader has new options for customers needing a smaller-format scanner and the ability to read labels. The Avia is available in color or monochrome 25- to 54-in.-wide-format versions utilizing either letter- or tabloid-sized color flatbed scanners. The proofreader’s on-line total inspection of pharmaceutical labels provides a solution for companies that want to go beyond batch and date inspection to full text and graphics inspection, says the company. Mnemonics Inc., Mount Laurel, NJ; 856/ 234-0970; www.mnemonicsinc.com.
Machine Vision System
A company offers a new machine vision system that can process multiple view images simultaneously. The NetSight II DCL provides acquisition of images from up to two Camera Link cameras and one FireWire camera using an IEEE 1394 port. The product is also equipped with a high-performance processor, 256 Mb of program memory, 20 Gb of storage memory, and programmable digital input/output. Built-in Ethernet connectivity is also possible. The system was designed for use in applications that require line- or area-scan digital cameras. ipd, Billerica, MA; 978/670-2002; www.goipd.com.
Digital Fiber-Optic UV Sensor
A company offers a new addition to its line of digital fiber-optic sensors. The CZ-H52 UV sensor can detect the presence of fluorescent agents used in a wide range of products and packaging materials. It emits an ultraviolet light beam from the transmitter in the sensor head and employs a receiver to pick up the visible light reflected by fluorescent materials. The compact sensor head measures 0.59 • 1.3 • 0.94 in., which enables fast, easy installation in tight spaces. The sensor has a detection range of 0.98 to 2.17 in. from the target, and fluorescence created by the LED beam is clearly visible throughout the detection range. The receiver can detect fluorescent wavelengths from 425 to 550 nm. The product was designed to operate with the same CZ-V21/V22 dual digital display amplifier used by all the Super RGB digital fiber-optic sensors in the company’s CZ series. Keyence Corp. of America, Woodcliff Lake, NJ; 888/539-3623; www.keyence.com.
Video Recorder System
A company has introduced a high-speed video recorder system that stores up to 48 continuous hours. The stainless-steel 20/20 Hindsight utilizes the company’s technology to record digital video. Operators of the machine can simply point the camera at a problem and walk away. They can also scroll back to line jams or product defects and replay them in slow motion, while continuing to record in real-time. The system is easy to use, according to the company, and saves money while reducing wasted time. Monitoring Technology Corp., Fairfax, VA; 703/980-6935; www.2020hindsight.com.
Line Scan Camera
A company has introduced a new camera that can accommodate applications requiring a larger viewing area. The Legend LS Line Scan camera uses a special processor that enables it to acquire an image of a moving object line-by-line at a rate of up to 18,000 lines per second. In addition, the Legend LS can handle acquisitions of up to 8190 ¥ 2048 pixels, compared to 640 ¥ 480 pixels for area types. This feature makes the LS line scanner more flexible for high-resolution applications that need a larger viewing area, especially in the direction of part motion. The company has also added new software that provides digital inputs for encoder feedback, giving consistent spatial sampling information. Continuous coordination allows speed changes that allow the application’s process to be mirrored in image acquisition, ensuring a smooth, continuous image. The company will soon implement a feature that will allow the Legend LS to go beyond the current line acquisition limit of 8190 pixels, generating a continuous stream of scan lines rather than discreet video frames. DVT Corp., Duluth, GA; 770/814-7920; www.dvtsensors.com.
Bar Code Verification Workstation
A bar code verification workstation has been certified by the Uniform Code Council as being compliant for EAN.UCC system users. The Integra 9500 is an all-in-one verifier for 1-D and 2-D bar codes. The system is set up to identify the proper bar code symbology and grade it according to ISO/CEN/ANSI standards or EAN.UCC specifications. If there is a problem with a bar code, it is highlighted down to the individual bar or space that is causing the problem. Multiple combinations of symbologies in any orientation can be verified at any time. Label Vision Systems Inc., Peachtree City, GA; 800/432-9430; www.lvs-inc.com.
Smart Vision Sensor
A new compact 2-D smart vision sensor is designed to bring higher sensing speeds, greater efficiency, and lower operating costs to vision applications. The ZFV can utilize speeds of 4, 6, and 12 milliseconds and uses intelligent lighting to optimize quality. The ability to adjust focus helps measurement accuracy. Images are transmitted from the sensor head to an amplifier, and between amplifiers for clearer images. Advanced algorithms enable the sensor to present a wider viewing-area and enhanced discrimination of pattern, brightness, character detection, label position, width, and bar code detection. Operations can be selected on the amplifier’s LCD monitor via easily identifiable icons. The monitor displays real-time inspection images and can be panel-mounted to eliminate the use of separate monitoring equipment. The ZFV is designed for packaging operations in which cost-effective high-speed inspections are required. Omron Electronics LLC, Schaumburg, IL; 866/88-OMRON; www.packaging.omron.com.
Two new code readers are designed for reading 1-D and 2-D codes marked on parts, packages, or labels. The In-Sight 5410 is capable of reading at line speeds of more than 7200 parts per minute, while the In-Sight 5411 offers high resolution for a larger field of view to handle greater variation in the position and orientation of codes on parts and packages. Both readers provide omnidirectional reading of 1-D and 2-D bar codes and also deliver reliable direct part-mark reading employing IDMax data-matrix-reading software. The readers also have a new graphical user interface for fast, easy deployment. In addition, the readers meet IEC specifications for shock and vibration and achieve an IP67 rating for dust and washdown protection. Cognex Corp., Natick, MA; 508/650-3000; www.cognex.com.
Miniature Force Sensors
A company has introduced a new series of miniature S-beam-type force sensors designed for tension and compression testing for applications with limited space. The SJR sensors measure 0.7- • 0.3- • 0.75-in. and contain threaded holes to facilitate the mounting of attachments or implements. The sensors also include built-in mechanical overload protection for up to 1000% of full capacity and are accurate to within ±0.2% of full scale. Capacities from 0.25 to 100 lb are available, all with the same dimensions. The SJR series is the newest addition to the company’s line of interchangeable remote force and torque sensors. The sensors work in conjunction with the BGI force/torque gauge, a full-featured instrument with data communication capabilities. Mark-10 Corp., Copiague, NY; 888/ MARK-TEN; www.mark-10.com.
New vision sensors have been designed for high-speed inspection and error-proofing applications. The PresencePlus P4 Edge–series sensors can accurately sense and evaluate more than 10,000 objects per minute and are ideal for validating the height and width of parts, location of labels, or detection of material edges on a web operation. The sensors contain a remote teach feature that allows the sensors to learn new elements without connecting to a PC or shutting down the line, which is ideal for applications where product lines are regularly changed. A built-in live video image output allows users to view inspections in real time and view failed inspection images without a PC. In addition, the sensors can interface to machines and factory networks through the use of a built-in Ethernet connection. Other features include part identification and orientation to eliminate errors, assembly verification to inspect for critical features and to error-proof the manufacturing process; and correct label verification at high-speed production rates. Banner Engineering Corp., Minneapolis, MN; 888/373-6767;