- March 22, 2018
March 22, 2018 - With IDS NXT, camera manufacturer IDS applies the app principle to industrial image processing. Based on the app development kit and a HALCON embedded runtime license, users can create and install individual vision apps. The IDS NXT platform kicks off with IDS NXT vegas with 1.3 MP CMOS sensor, liquid lens with autofocus, integrated ToF sensor and many other functions.
IDS NXT is a freely programmable platform which is not restricted to specific tasks. Instead, users can install different vision apps just as on their smartphone. Afterwards, they can change and set up their preferred vision tasks. The image processing engine then delivers either pre-processed data to a PC or final results for independently made process decisions. This offers universal possibilities in application fields,
e. g. in optical quality assurance, as an analytical instrument in medical technology, for monitoring tasks by facial recognition or vehicle and person counting. IDS NXT vegas is extremely versatile due to its integrated 1.3 MP CMOS sensor, a liquid lens, LED illumination and Time-of-Flight (ToF) sensor for distance measurement. Device status and network settings can be called up on the OLED display by clicking a button. The vision app-based sensor weighs 185 grams and simplifies design-ins into individual hardware and software.
Other features include SOC (system on a chip) and an integrated flash memory (1 GB) for storing error images, system logs, user settings and vision apps. Dust-tight and splash-proof according to IP65, the sensor also comes with vibration-proof, industry-standard M12 circular connectors that provide Gigabit Ethernet, 12-24 V DC power supply, trigger, flash, two digital inputs/outputs and a RS-232 interface. The latter one allows direct communication with a PLC or other machine controls.
The standardised RESTful (Representational State Transfer) web service also provides TCP/IP communication, which can be used to configure all IDS NXT device parameters including the apps. This means that the vision app-based sensor is configured and ready for use in a few minutes with the help of the Windows IDS NXT Cockpit or an iOS tablet with the IDS NXT mobile app. IDS NXT vegas comes with a full HALCON embedded runtime license and the IDS NXT Software Development Kit.