Articles & News on Vision Systems

Integrating Ethernet-Based Machine Vision and Image-based ID Readers into Factory Networks

  • Feature

By John Lewis, Cognex The need to use PCs to interface with vision systems and ID readers required the purchase of expensive hardware and development of sometimes complex software. A new generation of vision systems and ID readers with built-in EtherNet/IP connectivity streamlines factory network integration.

Vision System helps Exide read battery labels

  • Case Study

Exide had difficulties in reading 2D data matrix codes burned into plastic with a laser burner. The problem was solved by switching to image-based Cognex DataMan 200 readers with 2D decoding software and an EtherNet/IP interface to the PLC.

EVT adds thermal imaging command set to EyeVision 3 software

  • News

With this command set, even complex applications for the thermal imaging area can be solved quite easily.

Keyence vision systems inspect parts at Leatherman Tools

  • Case Study

The Keyence systems replaced hard gauging that Leatherman used for many years to evaluate components for its tools, eliminating cabinets full of hard fixtures built for specific parts.

IMTS show report

  • News

IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show 2014 was the fourth largest IMTS in history and the largest six-day show ever with registration of 114,147 representing 112 countries.

Micro-Epsilon measures wheel spinning at 1,100mph

  • Case Study

Micro-Epsilon supplied sensors for a high speed (up to 10,500rpm) wheel spin test, part of the BLOODHOUND SSC Project – the 1,000 mph land speed record attempt that is scheduled to take place in 2016.

Patti Engineering supports Real Ale Brewing upgrade

  • News

Patti Engineering is supplying engineering support for the installation of a new Krones bottling line that involves integration of vision, VFDs, I/O and controls.

Multi-camera vision system inspects engine rings

  • Case Study

By Russ Butchart, Puffin Automation Vision system for an unnamed manufacturer inspects defects as small as 0.008" on all four surfaces of an engine ring with a changeover time of less than 1 min.

Manufacturing Technology Orders Down in July

  • News

July U.S. manufacturing technology orders totaled $354.63 million, down 11.5% from June and down 1.4% when compared with the total of $359.70 million reported for July 2013.

LMI updates free Gocator Firmware for part scanning

  • News

Enhancements in Gocator 4.0 include a built-in capability to remove noise around the perimeter and interior of scanned surfaces or parts.