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Firstsight Vision is distributing a new timing controller for machine vision applications. Accurate timing control is essential for the efficient operation of a machine vision system with a conveyor belt to ensure that measurements are made at the right time and that reject products are removed from the process.

The CC320, from Gardasoft Vision, is compliant with GigE cameras, allowing a network-centric approach to machine vision control structures. The new unit features eight inputs and eight outputs and can provide microsecond-accurate event timings.

It allows single or multiple cameras to be triggered at different times and the trigger signal width can be used to control the camera exposure timings. In addition, the delay between the event trigger and reject gate activation can be controlled, with encoder signals ensuring that the reject gate stays open while the product is at the reject position.

For systems where the conveyor belt speeds and timings may vary, one-, two-, or three-wire encoders can be used with the CC320 to determine the exact movement, allowing the belt to be stopped or even moved backwards while preserving the reject timing.

The CC320 acts as a miniature web server and can be controlled by image processing software on a remote PC. It will be distributed by the Stmmer Imaging Group outside of the Uk and Ireland.


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