Smart factories pushing vision development, says Teledyne Dalsa

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The mobile phone sector along with the drive for 'smart' factories is pushing developments in machine vision equipment, Teledyne Dalsa's European channel manager, Graham Brown, has said at Stemmer Imaging's UK technology forum.

Brown, speaking at the event at Silverstone racecourse on 3 March, commented that the expectations of vision systems are changing, and that manufacturers now want rugged devices with high processing power that are capable of communicating with other factory equipment.

Smart cameras with onboard image processing capabilities make machine vision easier to set up and use in production environments. The factories of the future will have higher levels of automation and flexible assembly lines, Brown said, which is driving machine vision manufacturers to build functionality into their smart cameras to help enable this.

Teledyne Dalsa has just released its Boa Spot vision sensors, which include embedded software tools for part locating, feature finding, counting and measuring applications. The smart cameras offer 640 x 480 or 1,280 x 960 pixel image resolution, with integrated LED lighting, lens cover, and easy-to-use software. Standard factory protocols, such as Ethernet/IP and Profinet, are directly supported for communicating with third party equipment or the factory enterprise.

Brown said at the event that machine vision benefits from the processing power and image sensor technology for mobile phones, as well as the innovations surrounding driver assistance being developed by car makers.

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