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Boa Pro

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Stemmer Imaging can now offer the Boa Pro smart camera from Teledyne Dalsa, which utilises the Sherlock inspection software.

Key to the Boa Pro performance is the versatility of the Sherlock software, which offers machine vision system professionals extensive tools and capabilities for design, development, debugging, and user administration. Sherlock's extensive library of instructions, preprocessors and advanced algorithms can be combined in a variety of ways to solve simple or very demanding tasks. Maximum design flexibility is provided to allow users to customise algorithms, construct scripts and develop operator interfaces that best suit their factory environment.

Sherlock's rich range of capabilities include an extensive set of preprocessors that can be applied to a variable shape user-defined region of interest prior to analysis. A comprehensive range of measurement and analysis tools is complemented by advanced pattern recognition tools for object alignment and robot guidance, together with calibration correction facilities to convert pixels into real world co-ordinates. Other facilities include 1D and 2D code reading and verification and optical character recognition.

The camera includes a versatile JavaScript-based scripting tool, complete with drag-and-drop instruction editing, for the development of custom formulas or inline and background operations, as well as the ability to add custom algorithms into the development environment.

With a choice of sensor resolutions from VGA to 1,600 x 1,200 pixels, an ultra small form factor of 44 x 44 x 44mm and an industrial IP 67-rated housing, the Boa hardware platform is a compact, robust camera that can be mounted in the most demanding industrial environments. Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, discrete and expandable I/O and vision lighting control ensure simple factory integration.

The embedded software for the camera is setup via a local PC connection to Boa Pro using Ethernet for complete development flexibility. Once configured for runtime, the Ethernet link can be disconnected or used to communicate with other devices on the factory floor, such as PLCs, robots and HMIs.

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