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VisionSystem2D: The Image Processing Solution
A Complete Modular System Including Camera and Illumination, Right on Up to Analysis Module (IPC) and Software wenglor’s new VisionSystem2D is a modular image processing system which has been developed for all vision applications. It consists of up to 16 digital cameras, lenses with various fixed focal lengths, external illumination components and a control unit (IPC) with all common standard interfaces, as well as software for image evaluation. The components of this modular system can be individually combined and adapted to the respective application. In this way, focal length, focusing, resolution, lighting and type of evaluation can be separately selected. uniVision software is used to configure parameters for image recording, and for subsequent image analysis. The Hardware Up to 16 digital cameras with integrated image chips from Sony’s Pregius series deliver high-resolution images with 1.6 or 5 MP in color or monochrome – even in dynamic applications. Thanks to the compact housing (29 x 29.1 x 29 mm), they’re ideal for installation in systems with limited space. Any desired C-mount lenses can be attached to the digital cameras, in order to implement applications in both close-up and distant ranges. Three different types of illumination can be selected for homogenous, constant lighting within the application. Ring lights, spotlights and backlights are available in different sizes and colors: red and infrared light in flash or continuous mode are offered in addition to white light. And last but not least, all of the image data generated by the system come together in the control unit: all processing is conducted and results are evaluated in the fanless housing (passive cooling). Equipped as desired with either an i3 or an i7 processor, up to 16 devices can be connected. uniVision Software, which is preinstalled on the control unit, is used for image evaluation. Interfaces and Visualization Whether digital IOs, Gigabit Ethernet over TCP/IP and UDP or the LIMA protocol based on XML is required – communication can be implemented with the most up-to-date technologies. Being able to individually configure visualization regardless of the platform is also advantageous for the user. Thanks to the integrated web server, the results can be displayed in the browser of any desired device – regardless of whether a Windows, Mac or Android operating system is used! In this way, for example, users can display camera images, scanned codes and the statuses of inputs and outputs at a graphic user interface. The software is easy to use thanks to free tutorials and templates. It covers a great variety of standard applications with just a few clicks. Thanks to scalable hardware and software, any conceivable settings can be implemented for expert users. Easy Changeover: A Single Software Package, Three Hardware Families uniVision all-in-one software isn’t just compatible with the new VisionSystem2D, but rather with the weQube smart camera and weCat3D 2D/3D profile sensors as well. Universal uniVision software can even be taken advantage of by users who want to measure height profiles in addition to running simple and complex image processing applications.
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A single software package – three product families
uniVision software for smart cameras, vision systems and 2D/3D profile sensors Two and three-dimensional data from smart cameras, vision systems and control units with 2D-/3D profile sensors can now be evaluated via a central software platform - uniVision 2.1. The parameterizable standard software is used to analyze images and height profiles in the field of industrial image processing. Users can achieve a finished vision application intuitively in just a few steps and without programming knowledge. Costs, as well as induction and training requirements, can be significantly reduced thanks to the flexible combination option of individual hardware components via a shared software platform. Clarity through a standardized approach The uniVision software is structured like an intelligent toolbox. The algorithms for images and height profiles are similar and can be used on different platforms. The measurement module runs on smart cameras, as well as vision systems, for example. In total, users have up to 25 different software modules available (e.g. measurement, threshold value, cluster, OCR, pattern matching, tracking etc.), as well as 14 different templates (e.g. read 1D codes, presence check, detect pattern or detect color), depending on the hardware selected. There are also extensive video tutorials available online, with detailed instructions on how to use the software. An assistant is also available for smart cameras, which guides users through the setting step by step. Simple operating concept The wenglor developers have worked hard to ensure that the software for all hardware components can be set up quickly and easily with no programming knowledge. In order to simplify use of the software for newcomers, predefined projects (templates) can be selected and used for the most common standard applications. If additional, individual settings are required for a project, more than 25 software modules are available to experienced users. Images, coordinate systems or values can be combined with each other as desired, thus providing newcomers as well as experts with maximum possible application freedom. “Customers frequently have major problems with teaching and training new software required for new hardware products. This quickly becomes confusing, takes up lots of time and costs money”, explains wenglor CamTec expert Tobias Braun. “With uniVision, we finally have a central software, which combines all components of industrial image processing, such as smart cameras, vision systems and control units with 2D-/3D profile sensors. This is a major benefit for our customers!” Interfaces provide a good connection uniVision 2.1 also delivers an impressive performance when integrating hardware and software in existing plants and systems. Process data can be processed via standard connections such as digital IOs, as well as via TCP/IP and UDP. For robots from well-known manufacturers like Yaskawa, Fanuc or Kuka, the software also offers suitable interfaces for easy integration of control units with 2D-/3D profile sensors in tracked welding applications. “uniVision is unique on the market in terms of both function and modular design. No other product combines more software and hardware know-how on a single platform”, continues Braun. “This will be expanded even further in future, so that uniVision remains the central platform for industrial image processing in the future.”
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Unit for the Future: wenglor Restructures Its Development
Hardware expertise in 1D, 2D and 3D meets software expertise One vision, two areas of expertise: In order to bundle synergies even more strongly in the future, sensor and image processing expert wenglor sensoric realigned its internal development centers and business units at the beginning of June. The areas of 2D image processing, 2D/3D sensors, code scanners and software were combined in the wenglorMEL business unit; in return, special photoelectronic and inductive sensors were assigned to the Sensor Technology business unit. The wenglor Group is thus strengthening its two most important core competencies of sensor technology and image processing. It is aiming to reduce the complexity of individual industrial requirements and to offer its customers fully integrated and easy-to-operate all-round systems. “Now what belongs together is growing together,” says wenglor Managing Director Rafael Baur, who is responsible for the development and research centers at wenglor worldwide. “By combining and expanding the hardware and software department under one roof, particularly in the area of Machine Vision, synergies can now be used before and during the development phases of new products. The close integration of both disciplines has long since arrived on the market – the boundaries are fluid!” In concrete terms, this means: The areas of machine vision software, image processing and Smart Cameras, 1D/2D and barcode scanners as well as 2D/3D sensors are now combined under the wenglorMEL business unit, which was previously only responsible for the 2D/3D sensors. “With Christian Vollrath and his team as real image processing and software experts, wenglorMEL Managing Director Torsten Hellerström is creating a true center of excellence for this massively growing business area,” explains Baur. “With this reorganization, our configurable standard software uniVision will make all 2D/3D hardware components smart. For our customers, this means being able to implement more efficient production systems more quickly and cost-effectively.” It is not only the field of image processing that has received a structural update, wenglor’s largest sensor technology business unit is also being further expanded and is benefiting from synergies. High-performance sensors that were previously developed at wenglorMEL are now being produced at the main site in Tettnang and further developed under the leadership of Volker Schnell. As part of this move, development capacities will be increased by almost 20 percent – once again a clear commitment to the region and the company headquarters. “Both units – both sensor technology and image processing – will be strengthened by the new organization and areas of expertise will be bundled together,” summarizes Rafael Baur. “We look forward to moving forward with these two teams and delivering many innovations with two strong centers of excellence.”
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