FQ-M vision sensor
22 January 2012
Omron has introduced the FQ-M, a smart camera that meets all the needs of demanding object recognition and tracking applications. The vision sensor ensures stable and robust shape-based detection even under changeable environmental conditions, and has been designed for the inspection of a wide range of objects.
The FQ-M vision sensor is the latest addition to Omron’s Sysmac automation platform, which tightly integrates core automation components with a common network and a single programming and configuration interface. It communicates with other devices either via EtherCAT or via standard Ethernet.
Object detection is based on a contour-based search algorithm which provides excellent reliability, regardless of changing lighting conditions, reflection and object inclination. The algorithm can even cope with overlapped or partially hidden objects.
The sensor can detect up to 32 pieces at once with absolute stability, and more than 5000 pieces per minute. The incremental encoder interface simplifies initial calibration of the system, and enables on-the-fly tracking for tightly synchronised control.
Set-up of the FQ-M vision sensor is performed through the Vision Editor of the Sysmac Studio software, which provides intuitive, icon-driven configuration that makes it easy to achieve the optimum vision setting. For ease of monitoring and for access to parameters and settings, the TouchFinder console provides a 3.5 inch TFT colour touch screen.
Measuring just 110 x 75 x 50mm, the vision sensor is compact enough to make mounting simple in even the most challenging automation environments. It is available with a standard C-Mount lens attachment.