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The Vision Show gets underway

April 9, 2018

Boston, MA. The Vision Show gets underway this week with exhibitors planning to highlight frame grabbers, low-light image sensors, vision-guided manufacturing systems, filter wheels, smart cameras, and software. You can expect a particular emphasis on deep learning as well as automotive and IIoT applications and the CoaXPress interface, based on information vendors provided in the runup to the event.

Rapixo CXP frame grabber

For example, Matrox Imaging said it would exhibit its new Rapixo CXP Series multilink CoaXPress 2.0 frame grabbers. Leveraging the latest version of CoaXPress, the Rapixo CXP boards support data rates of up to four times 12.5 Gb/s, with a PCIe x8 host computer interface to match. Rapixo CXP features up to four connections and simplifies integration with support for Power-over-CoaXPress (PoCXP), which combines power, command, and data interfaces onto one cable. Matrox Rapixo CXP boards also offer custom onboard image processing using their FPGAs and can also host the license for Matrox Imaging software, avoiding the need for a separate hardware key.

BitFlow said it will highlight its line of frame grabbers, showcasing updates to its CoaXPress (CXP) products, such as its latest model, the Aon-CXP frame grabber, which is engineered for simplified integration into a robotics system. The Aon-CXP receives 6.25 Gb/s worth of data over its single link, almost twice the real-world data rate of the USB3 Vision standard and significantly quicker than the latest GigE Vision data rates, the company said. The Aon-CXP is designed for use with a new series of single-link CXP cameras that are smaller, less expensive, and cooler-running than previous models.

Averna said it would highlight its visual and optical products for applications such as feature and defect detection, physical alignment and positioning, active alignment and verification, and vision-guided manufacturing. For automotive applications, the company said it would present, for the first time in North America, a multifaceted vision inspection solution that employs vibration inspection via FFT and a high-speed camera, logo inspection with OCR, graphical representation of voltage and current while a car is in operation, and a wheel spoke counter using NI’s Vision Builder for Automated Inspection.

ON Semiconductor will highlight the latest additions to its portfolio of Interline Transfer Electron Multiplying CCD (IT‑EMCCD) image sensors that target extreme low-light applications such as medical and scientific imaging as well as commercial and military applications for high-end surveillance. The new KAE-08152 shares the same 8.8-megapixel resolution and 4/3 optical format as the existing KAE-08151 but incorporates an enhanced pixel design that doubles quantum efficiency for near-infrared (NIR) wavelengths such as 850 nm—an enhancement that can be critical in applications such as surveillance, microscopy, and ophthalmology. The KAE-08152 is drop-in compatible with the existing device, simplifying adoption for camera manufacturers.

EVT said it will show its EyeVision software with its new parallel processing function. EyeVision Parallel Processing supports multiple runtimes with several 2D cameras and 3D sensors. The company added that EyeVision 3D offers a bin-picking command that makes it possible to recognize the shape and position of any object (through previous training), to send the position of each detected part in a box to a robot, and to pick a detected part with a robot gripper. EVT will also highlight a deep-learning (EV DL) capability for recognition of the make and model of cars and their number plates. The deep-learning tool, called VECID, learns vehicle identity through convolutional neural networks.

Leoni Engineering Products & Services Inc. said it would feature a deep-learning interactive application. The company develops turnkey custom solutions in-house for machine-vision inspection, assembly, and verification applications. As an AIA Certified Systems Integrator (CSI), Leoni integrates deep learning with machine-vision systems to solve complex quality and process issues by allowing a computer to find subjective defects not detectable by traditional methods, the company said. At The Vision Show, Leoni will demonstrate how to teach a computer to recognize and sort blocks as a child would.

Advantech will highlight human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communication technology, saying that its IIoT technologies help manufacturers and enterprises in automotive, electronic, and pharmaceutical sectors, among other industries, maximize factory production rates through advanced robotics that provide everything from predictive maintenance to product-defect identification. The company’s exhibits will include the WISE-PaaS/EnSaaS industrial PaaS solution for the edge to cloud service, the VPS-3100 rugged and compact embedded vision system, the WISE-4000 family of wireless sensor nodes, and several computing platforms.

In addition, Robotic VISION Technologies Inc. said it would highlight how it is transforming the way car manufacturers operate with the latest upgrade its eVisionFactory (eVF) technology. The company announced that it is bundling its software platform with ADLINK’S NEON-1020 smart camera. The company also recently announced that it has secured more than $10.5 million in funding. The investment comes from a mix of CEO and director funding as well as investments from technology funds from Silicon Valley, Northern Virginia, Canada, and Germany.

Omron Microscan said it will exhibit a variety of products, including the HAWK MV-4000 smart camera, MicroHAWK readers, and the PanelScan traceability system. The HAWK MV-4000 is a high-performance smart camera that boasts four times the processing power and six times the frame rate of the previous generation, making it a powerful option for all automation needs, the company said. PanelScan is optimized specifically for capturing barcode data on multi-array printed circuit boards. For embedded applications, the MicroHAWK family offers both code reading and machine-vision capability in tiny packages.

CCS America recently launched the LSS Computational Illumination Series, which the company said will be the highlight of its exhibit with multiple live demonstrations, including a demo of extended depth of field (EDOF) using a liquid lens controller. Also featured will be demos showing photometric stereo and multispectral imaging.

And finally, Finger Lakes Instrumentation said it would highlight its new Signa line of industrial filter wheels, suitable for machine inspection, LCD inspection, and OEM applications. They are available in 5, 6, or 10 positions to accommodate 25-mm, 32-mm, or 50-mm filters. They feature exchange times as fast as 66 ms between adjacent positions.

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