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Vision hardware complements software in single platform

21 November, 2022

At the recent SPS exhibition in Germany, Beckhoff unveiled a portfolio of machine vision hardware to complement the company’s TwinCat Vision software which has been available since 2017.

The Beckhoff Vision portfolio offers machine-builders and end-users a complete image-processing system that includes all of the necessary components, from software to illumination. It has been designed to integrate with the company’s EtherCat-based control technology, opening up advantages for users such as accurate synchronisation with all machine processes, lower engineering and hardware costs, and simplified commissioning and support.

Multiple cameras can be attached to the same EtherCat bus. Typical applications include: object detection and recognition; code reading; optical measurements; edge and register control; thermal imaging; assembly control; character recognition; pick-and-place operations; completeness checks; and motion freezing.

The new components include:
Cameras The area-scan cameras generate high-quality image data using colour and monochrome CMOS sensors with resolutions of up to 24-megapixel and pixel pitches of 3.45µm and 2.74µm, and offer data transfer rates of up to 2.5Gbit/s;
Lenses The robust C-mount lenses offer resolutions of up to 2µm, and image circles of 11mm and 19.3mm, VIS and NIR AR coatings, and easy handling; and
Illumination The multi-colour LED systems in three formats – area, ring, and bar – produce constant illumination conditions for high-quality images. They are said to create the best possible contrast between an object and its surroundings and offer a spectrally adjustable pulse mode.

Beckhoff’s vision hardware components are designed to work with the company’s vision software

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