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weQube – the Technology

weQube – the Technology

weQube with auto-focus or C mount lenses offers users a wide range of possible applications. The recognition of font and characters, differentiation by shape, color or position, pattern matching or scanning of all 1D/2D codes are possible with various software modules.

The Software Packages

  • weQubeVision – the standard image processing package or standard plus pattern matching
  • weQubeDecode – the scanning package
  • weQubeOCR – the character recognition package
  • weQube – the Smart Camera – all modules in one

The Hardware Packages

  • Integrated auto-focus or C mount threaded connection
  • Image chip color or monochrome
  • Light sources white, red or infrared
  • Ethernet or PROFINET / EtherNet/IP™ protocols switchable
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Unbeatable in Two Dimensions

The menu-guided graphic display allows you to carry out many settings on site: For example, customize your application or display information about the current measured values. See for yourself how functional and intuitive an all-rounder like weQube can be.
Software – the Advantages
  • Multilingual operation
  • Individually adaptable user interface
  • Configurable parameters
  • Diagnostic capabilities
  • Individual results can be combined with each other
MultiCore technology combines five high-performance processors with an innovative software concept and maximizes the performance of weQube: It enables the ideal linking of numerous functions and the grouping of several process steps.
Use the setup wizard to adjust settings directly on the display:
  • Subsequent teach-in of six freely selectable parameters
  • Save and load the sensor configuration
  • Define the start-up project
  • Switch between different projects
  • Create Teach+ files by simply pressing a key
  • Change network settings
  • Change password
  • Carry out basic display settings (language, orientation, display intensity, display mode)
Collect all relevant information at a glance: Choose from five display templates and customize them if necessary.
  • Network (display network status for TCP/IP, FTP and PROFINET / EtherNet/IP™)
  • Text (describe display with four lines of freely selectable, variable or static text)
  • Status (display the switching statuses of the six digital I/Os)
  • Numeric (link a text line and a bar graph to parameter data via the PC software)
  • Match code (compare current parameter content with a previously specified value)
Red and green LEDs provide visual feedback on the test result.
weQube speaks the language of your industry and not only provides you with valuable information, but also makes it usable for the entire system.

Thanks to numerous interfaces, weQube fits perfectly into your system:
  • Ethernet TCP/IP
  • PROFINET / EtherNet/IP™
  • RS­232
  • Six freely programmable, digital I/Os
  • Encoder input
  • weQube also has an FTP server and client
Controlling weQube from your mobile office: The web server is suitable for all formats and terminal devices and makes it possible for you to enter numerous settings – regardless of where you are:
  • Display of live images
  • Subsequent teach-in of six freely selectable parameters
  • Save and load the sensor configuration
  • Define the start-up project
  • Switch between different projects
  • Create Teach+ files by simply pressing a key
  • Change network settings
  • Change password
In particular where the visualization of your application is concerned, we place great importance on assuring that you can see exactly what you want to. We’ve developed an open protocol based on XML for the purpose of individualized integration into your system, whose constituents can be incorporated into your system individually as modules or all together − without losing track of things.
  • Suitable graphic representation of weQube data without excessive effort.
  • Targeted selection from a maximized scope of functions.
  • Easy integration into existing systems thanks to XML-based interface protocol.
Teach+ enables quick, location-independent project adaptation without machine standstill. We neither access your network nor interrupt ongoing projects: From camera view, the settings of your project are saved in a Teach+ file. You send this to our experts who will optimize the settings for you.

Mode of Operation
1. Save and transmit project data by simply clicking a button.
2. Send file to customer or wenglor support department.
3. Edit project data.
4. Return and upload updated data by clicking a button
We have created numerous opportunities for you to test weQube with no obligation. Try it out and let yourself be inspired!
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Test the software: You can download the uniVision software to your PC free of charge and try it out for yourself. Templates allow you to load and adjust templates to suit your industry and application and to make the necessary settings on them.

Watch tutorials here: Numerous functions are explained step-by-step. You will see: Adjusting your weQube is child’s play!
From the mounting system and the replacement protective screen to the connection line:
Extensive accessories are available for weQube.
  • Replacement protective screen
  • Protective screen with integrated pole filter
  • microSD card
  • Practical mounting system
  • Connection lines in various lengths (M12x1, 12-pin to open end)
  • Connection lines in various lengths (M12x1, 12-pin to M12x1, 12-pin; M12x1, 8-pin to RJ45)
  • Connection module (M12x1, 12-pin to trigger/illumination)
  • Interface cable (M12x1, 12-pin to RS-232)
The protective housing for weQube with auto-focus from wenglor’s InoxSens product range permits use in hygienically sensitive industrial environments. The laser-welded housing made of noncorrosive stainless steel 316L fulfills the demanding requirements specified for IP69K protection. The product design ensures ideal draining of liquids from the surface.

The protective tube which has been specially developed for the weQube with C mount prevents incorrect mechanical adjustment of the lens.

uniVision Assistant: Intelligent Image Processing for Beginners and Experts!

uniVision software permits simple and intuitive implementation of image processing applications. The integrated uniVision Assistant accompanies the user step-by-step in setting up the Smart Camera. Detailed information displayed as text provides exact descriptions of all possible options for beginners. Additional templates, i.e. predefined projects, are included in the software for standard applications.
The software’s modular layout provides experts with maximum flexibility when solving complex applications. In this way, every user – from beginners to professionals – can quickly access the broad range of uniVision’s features.

The Software Packages

weQube offers numerous high-performance software packages. weQube’s scope of functions can be expanded at any time with the help of license-based upgrades.
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weQube – the Smart Camera

When weQube is equipped with all available software packages, we speak of a Smart Camera. These include:
  • weQubeVision – the standard image processing package including pattern matching
  • weQubeDecode – the scanning package
  • weQubeOCR – the character recognition package
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weQubeVision Standard

Regardless of whether it is used for presence checks or dimensional accuracy checks or reference image comparisons – any number of image processing functions can be combined in a given application with weQubeVision Standard.
A separate communication processor ensures high-speed image processing even where Industrial Ethernet is used.
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weQubeVision Standard
With Pattern Matching

In addition to all common image processing functions, weQubeVision Standard with pattern matching offers the option of detecting objects regardless of their position and rotational orientation within the image, and of using other image processing functions based on this option.
A separate communication processor ensures high-speed image processing even where Industrial Ethernet is used.
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weQubeDecode

The scanning package transforms the weQube into a 1D­/2D­ code scanner which is even able to reliably decipher damaged and poorly legible codes thanks to integrated code reconstruction.
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weQubeOCR

weQubeOCR reads predefined OCR-A and OCR-B fonts over several lines in a single scanning operation. The teach-in function provides you with the additional option of teaching in new fonts in order to adapt weQubeOCR ideally to your application.

The Hardware Packages

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Optics

weQube with auto-focus detects objects after simply clicking a button in the software and focuses the lens automatically. The Smart Camera is distinguished by its unique combination of integrated illumination, optics and auto-focus in a single compact housing. There’s a weQube version with C mount threaded connection for applications involving objects at considerable distances. This permits convenient mounting of commercially available lenses with larger focal distances.
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Light Sources

weQube with auto-focus can be equipped as desired with white, red or infrared light integrated into the housing. We offer external illumination with various light sources for the hardware variant with C mount threaded connection.
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Image Chips

weQube is available with two different types of image chips: color or monochrome. Whereas the color chip is ideal for applications which differentiate amongst colors, the monochrome chip with gray scales makes it possible to implement colorless applications which are operated at high speeds.
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Interfaces

weQube is capable of real-time communication in three protocol languages. Both the Ethernet variant and the PROFINET / EtherNet/IP™ variant assure extremely fast data transmission. The latter can even be switched back and forth between PROFINET and EtherNet/IP™.
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Several identical objects can be detected in the image simultaneously. This makes it possible to count objects and permits checking for completeness.
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Objects don’t need to be fully visible in order to be detected. Objects can even be superimposed on each other up to an adjustable degree – and are nevertheless detected.
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Pattern matching serves as a basis for additional image processing functions such as measuring objects.
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Not only can objects be detected against homogeneous backgrounds, but against complex ones as well such as conveyor belts, gratings, corrugated sheet metal and other backgrounds with high-contrast textures or patterns.