Smart Camera

Intelligent solutions for image processing systems

 

 


What can you expect from this website? It is designed to help you get a better overview of the smart cameras from Vision & Control.

 

What is a smart camera?  

 

A smart camera is an intelligent camera.

 

In a smart camera the image processing algorithms are processed directly in the camera. The output from a smart camera can for example be a good/bad decision or a measured value.
Smart camera solutions are particularly well scalable and are electrically compatible across different manufacturers. After all, the simple electrical signals for the trigger or for a good/bad decision are supported by almost every smart camera on the market. The separation of PC-based operation and image processing also offers improved process stability.
The minimal space and wiring requirements make smart cameras the method of choice for typical single camera applications and retrofitting solutions.


When does a smart camera make sense?

The ‘smart camera’ approach is advantageous if…

 

… you wish to integrate the image processing system retrospectively

… have a single task to focus on

… minimal planning and installation effort are important to you

… you wish to remain flexible in terms of models and suppliers

… scalability of the application is important


Smart cameras are not the right choice if you …

 

… wish to use a large number of synchronized cameras

… require high resolution

… require particularly fast processing speeds

… require special image capture technology


Areas of use

 

Today, industrial image processing systems are used in almost all areas of industrial manufacturing processes in order to increase automation levels and boost product quality, while delivering 100% controllability and safe, reliable process control.

 

  • Automation technology
  • Metal processing industry
  • Automotive industry
  • Machine construction
  • Electrotechnical/electronics industry
  • Timber industry
  • Food industry
  • Vehicle construction (ships, railway, aircraft)
  • Pharmaceutical industry
  • Precision engineering, optics
  • Leather, textile, clothing industry
  • Disposal
  • Ceramics, glass and plastics industry
  • Print industry

Industrial image processing systems offer industry/application-specific solutions on the basis of digital image processing systems for continuous monitoring and quality control of production processes. With digital image processing systems the quality and productivity of your applications can be efficiently designed and optimized.


Typical tasks

Vision & Control - Smart Cameras industry solutions / applications

The list of industrial tasks that can be successfully solved with smart cameras from Vision & Control is incredibly diverse, with potential applications virtually unlimited.

Non-dimensional checking

 

  • Inspection of attributes
  • Checking of distances and positions
  • Completeness/presence checks
  • Color and pattern detection
  • Determining the degree of distinctiveness
  • Character recognition / reading text
  • Code detection
  • Object detection / identification of parts
  • Material flow control
  • Process control
  • Yield optimization
  • Surface inspections
  • Print image inspection
  • Assembly control
  • Detection / checking of structures and textures
  • Detection of position / rotational position (robot vision)

Measurement and testing – dimensional checking

 

  • Lengths
  • Widths
  • Heights
  • Angles
  • Orientation
  • Sizes
  • Surface areas
  • Centers of gravity
  • Straightness / roundness
  • Shapes
  • Contours
  • Colors
  • Brightness levels

Applications and video tutorials


Service

A really important feature of the components and systems for industrial image processing from Vision & Control is that they are incredibly easy to operate, quick to integrate and are supplied with excellent documentation, which means that customers will require very little in the way of service and support.
But if there are ever any questions, our experienced project engineers are on hand to offer advice and practical guidance to users.
In addition, Vision & Control is continuously expanding the number of competence centers for industrial image processing.
We have created a comprehensive offering of industrial image processing training courses for initial and further training of employees in the industry, including various video tutorials, example programs and a simulator.

 


Our series at a glance


pictor® N series

The pictor® N series is a product for image processing professionals.

 

Thanks to the powerful vcwin software, complex test program sequences can be written and hundreds of commands can be combined into advanced applications.

The pictor® N series is the recommended series for new projects. The software is constantly being expanded and refined.

 

Features

  • intelligent camera for industrial image processing
  • particularly compact and space-saving design
  • continuous function and operating concept, range of functions compatible with vicosys® MV systems
  • on average 2.5x faster than comparable pictor® M devices
  • extensive optics and lighting accessories

 

Available models:

 

Parameter

pictor® N

403M-ETH

403C-ETH

413M-ETH

413C-ETH

413NIR-ETH

420M-ETH

420C-ETH

432M-ETH

432C-ETH

Sensor size

1/4“

1/4“

1/1.8“

1/1.8“

1/1.8“

1/1.8“

1/1.8“

1/1.8“

1/1.8“

Resolution (Pixel)

752x480

752x480

1.280x1.024

1.280x1.024

1.280x1.024

1.600x1.200

1.600x1.200

2.048x1.536

2.048x1.536

Pixel size (µm²)

4,5 x 4,5

4,5 x 4,5

5,3 x 5,3

5,3 x 5,3

5,3 x 5,3

4,5 x 4,5

4,5 x 4,5

3,45 x 3,45

3,45 x 3,45

Megapixel

0,3

0,3

1,3

1,3

1,3

2

2

3,2

3,2

Type

Mono

Colour

Mono

Colour

NIR

Mono

Colour

Mono

Color

Shutter

Global Shutter

Frame rate

125 fps

125 fps

63 fps

63 fps

60 fps

55 fps

55 fps

88 fps

88 fps

Interfaces

Digital I/O, Ethernet, Modbus

PROFIBUS, Profinet, EtherCAT, EtherNet/IP, Ethernet POWERLINK possible by using a gateway

Operating software

vcwin® pro

Order number

3-12-500

3-12-501

3-12-502

3-12-503

3-12-510

3-12-504

3-12-505

3-12-506

3-12-507

 

webHMI - Configurable operator interface for complex applications

 

Every device of the pictor® N - series supports the configurable user interface webHMI.


pictor® metimus

 

pictor® metimus is based on the same hardware as the pictor® N series, but includes customer-friendly software for simple tasks. The product is intended for users who are just starting out in the world of image processing and wish to solve typical image processing tasks.

 

 

 

pictor® metimus 413M

 

Sensor size

1/1,8“

 

Resolution (Pixel)

 

1.280 x 1.024

Pixel size (μm²)   

5,3 x 5,3 (with micro-lens)

 

Megapixel

1,3 Type Mono

Shutter technology

Global Shutter

Frame rate

63 fps

Interfaces

Digital-I/O, Ethernet

 

Operating software

metimus for parametrisation & HMI

 

Lens mount    

C-Mount, CS-Mount

 

Product characteristics:

 

  • Intuitive image processing for measuring and testing
  • Enables the implementation of simple tasks in a short time
  • Flexible adjustments of testing areas (also polygons with curved edges are allowed)
  • Easy to learn, modern user interface with unique automatic functions
  • Up to 256 different test programs on one device
  • Integrated HMI and user management
  • Automatic test procedure


pictor® M-Serie

The pictor® M series is a true classic among image processing systems.

 

In comparison to the pictor® N series, it additionally offers a direct monitor output via SVGA.

Although the image capture rate is similar to the pictor® N, the processor is significantly older and therefore slower.

Systems in the pictor® M series have a single processor core and therefore do not support webHMI.

 

Technical data at a glance

 

Common data – all pictor® MxxE Smart Cameras

Processor

TI-DSP 400 MHz, 3200 MIPS

Memory

32 MB-RAM, 3 MB Flash

Video output

no

Interfaces

Ethernet (max. 16 connections), RS232 (to 115 kbaud/s)

Process interface

4 In- and 4 output, 24 VCD, opto decoupled

Fast TTL Trigger

In/Out, switching time < 0,5 µs

Lens mount

C-Mount

Power supply

12 … 24 VCD, max 130 mA

Mass

260 g

Dimensions

91 x 50 x 45 mm³

Degree of protection

IP 50

Temperature

0 … 45 °C

Humidity

max. 80 %, non condensing

analog-to-digital converter


10 bit

 

Special data for pictor® Smart Cameras

Model

pictor® M48/E

pictor® M48/EC

pictor® M58/E

pictor® M58/EC

Sensor

1/3" Sony CCD, s/w, progressive scan

1/3" Sony CCD, colour, progressive scan

1/3" Sony CCD, s/w, progressive scan

1/3" Sony CCD, colour, progressive scan

Pixel

640 x 480

640 x 480

1024 x 768

1024 x 768

Frame rate

32 Hz

32 Hz

16 Hz

16 Hz

Shutter

33 µs … 2s

33 µs … 2s

46 µs … 2s

46 µs … 2s

 

pictor® M16xx Smart Cameras

Model

Smart Camera pictor® M 1606/E

Smart Camera pictor® M 1617/E

Processor

TI-DSP 400 MHz, 3200 MIPS

Memory

32 MB SDRAM, 4 MB Flash, 128 MB User-ROM (SD-Card)

Video output

SVGA

SXVGA

Data interface

Ethernet (max. 16 connections), RS232 (to 115 kbaud/s)

Process interface

4 In- and 4 putput, 24 VCD, opto decoupled

Fast TTL Trigger

In/Out, switching time < 0,5 µs

Lens mount

C-Mount

Power supply

24 VCD ± 20 %, max. 210 mA

Mass

380 g

Dimensions

111 x 50 x 45 mm³

Degree of protection

IP50

Temperature

0 … 45 °C

Humidity

max. 80 %, non condensing

Sensor

1/3" Sony CCD, s/w, progressive scan

Pixel

640 x 480

1024 x 768

Frame rate

63 Hz

30 Hz

Shutter

5 µs – 20 s

analog-to-digital converter

10 bit

DMA-Controller

Parallel image acquisition, image transfer and image processing

 

pictor® M18xx Smart Cameras

Model

pictor® M1817/E

pictor® M1821/E

pictor® M1856/E

Processor

TI-DSP 1 GHz, 8000 MIPS

Memory

64 MB SDRAM, 4 MB Flash, 512 MB User-ROM (SD-Card)

Video output

SXVGA

UXGA

SVGA

Data interface

Ethernet (max. 16 connections), RS232 (to 115 kbaud/s)

Prozess interface

4 In- and 4 output, 24 VCD, opto decoupled

Fast TTL Trigger

In/Out, switching time < 0,5 µs

Lens mount

C-Mount

Power supply

24 VCD ± 20 %, max. 230 mA

Mass

380 g

Dimensions

111 x 50 x 45 mm³

Degree of protection

IP50

Temperature

0 … 45 °C

Humidity

max. 80 %, non condensing

Sensor

1/3" Sony CCD, s/w, progressive scan

Pixel

1024 x 768

1600 x 1200

640 x 480

Frame rate

20 Hz

10 Hz

242 Hz

Shutter

10 µs … 20 s

20 µs … 20 s

5 µs … 20 s

analog-to-digital converter

10 bit

DMA-Controller

Parallel image acquisition, image transfer and image processing

 

Common data – all pictor Smart Cameras

Funktionality

Image analysis, measurement in image, PLC communication, subroutine technology, sending results via RS232 or Ethernet, system remote control of all commands

Operation

without special programming knowledge under Windows with vcwin, setup with PC, stand-alone in process

With serial interface (RS232) a conversion to Profibus and Interbus is possible

standardized software interface for C++, Visual Basic, Delphi

Technologies

 

The following technologies are used in the Smart Cameras:


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Quality is key to us!

 

All our products are manufactured in Germany, so despite the coronavirus crisis we can still deliver them all.

 

We place great importance on quality. Vision & Control GmbH is certified to ISO 9001.