- June 02, 2016
June 1, 2016 -- Machine makers in high-density I/O vision applications are challenged daily to find ways to continuously control dozens of devices such as strobes, solenoids, and actuators, as well as to acquire data input from equipment ranging from photo detectors to triggers.
To help meet this challenge, BitFlow has launched the BitFlow BitBox. The BitBox provides 36 inputs and 36 outputs in a compact, DIN-rail mounted form factor that supports TTL, LVDS, open collector, opto-isolated and 24V signaling. The BitBox is controlled solely by a BitFlow frame grabber, using the same API, driver and manual. In addition, this arrangement isolates noisy, high-voltage signals generated by the PC away, keeping them away from the machine where they could cause data drops, video problems, malfunctions and random network errors.
With the BitBox, all transmitters and recievers are situated right in the BitBox, on the rail, close to the other equipment. A small 15-wire cable runs between the BitBox and the frame grabber. Maximum length cable is 10 meters, providing flexibility in positioning equipment within the machine.
The BitBox contains 12-pin connector blocks that can be added or removed, but still lock securely in place for factory floor reliability. Blocks are grouped by signal type and have snap-in connectors that allow the fabrication of a harness without directly wiring the BitBox.