Basics

Components of an industrial image processing system

Depending on the application environment, we select the optimal combination of components:

Surface camera

2D camera chip monochrome or color, frame rates up to over 100 Hz. Easy to configure, often the optimal solution for individual workpieces.

Figure: Area camera, Basler ace

Line camera

1D camera chip (line height e.g. 10 µm) monochrome or color, line frequencies up to over 70 kHz. Easy to configure, often the optimal solution at high speed or continuous material.

Figure: Line camera, Basler racer

Optics

Depending on the task, we use normal, zoom, macro or telecentric lenses. For certain lighting scenarios, these are supplemented by filters (polarization, bandpass). The sensitive optics and camera hardware can be protected in harsh environments by specially adapted housings.

Figure: Camera Housing, Salamander AutoVimation

Lighting

Depending on the size of the object, material properties and the environment, a variety of different lighting methods are used: surface luminaires with HF tubes, diffuse dome lighting, strobe flash lighting, fiber optics, High-power LED lighting in different spectral colors etc.

Figure: Cathedral Lighting, Advanced Illumination DL 097

Figure: High-Power LED, Advanced Illumination LL174

Image processing processors

In addition to server PC systems and IPCs, “Smart Cameras” (Embedded Systems) are also used. The classic smart camera is suitable for individual testing tasks in the industrial environment. For more complex test benches that require the use of more than one camera, an industrial PC or embedded computer with multiple camera interfaces (GIGE Vision, USB3 Vision, CameraLink) is used.

Figure: Smart Camera, Matrox Iris GTR

Figure: Embedded Calculator, Matrox 4Sight GPm

Control

Communication with external systems is via digital I/O, Ethernet, Profibus, Profinet or databases. We support industry or laboratory standards and customer-specific solutions.