Vision system expands for modern manufacturing

The IPC962-512-PoE meets the increasing requirements for maximum quality and flexibility in modern production plants, says Axiomtek. In addition to a flexible expansion capacity, it has a choice of camera communication interfaces, real-time vision-specific I/O with microsecond-scale and LED lighting control.

The machine vision controller is powered by the LGA1151 socket 7th/6th generation Intel Core (codename: Kaby Lake/Skylake) and Celeron processors (up to 65W) with the Intel Q170 chipset.

Isolated I/O interfaces and real-time controls essential to machine vision applications include trigger input, LED lighting controller, camera trigger, as well as an encoder input for conveyor tracking. Wayne Chung, a product manager of Product PM division at Axiomtek, said: “If the random position of the object on the production line has to be adjusted, the vision controller is able to delay the acquisition for a programmable time period. When using the vision I/O function, an incremental encoder can also be used to delay the acquisition by a number of encoder ticks corresponding to the position offset of the detector”. He adds, the lighting control will be configured during the camera exposure time. The duration and dimming control are programmable and it can identify object characteristics for different inspection.

The real-time vision system PS962-512-PoE enables a fast and high accurate inspection to ensure that the desired quality is achieved with no manufacturing defects. It supports four IEEE802.3at PoE LAN ports and four USB 3.0 ports for connection with industrial cameras. The vision controller operates over a wide temperature range from -10 to +55 degrees C, for reliable and stable performance within severe environments. The easy set-up and compact design are particularly well suited for space-constrained environments.

PCIe x16 and PCIe x4 expansion slots allow quick installation of I/O cards and graphics cards. Two easy-swappable 2.5-inch HDDs are available for extensive storage needs.

The Axiomtek’s IPS962-512-PoE is supplied with rich front-accessible I/O connectors, including one real-time vision I/O, four PoE ports, four USB 3.0, two Gigabit LAN ports, one VGA, one HDMI, three-pin terminal block, and one audio (mic-in/line-out). The IPS962-512-PoE supports dual DDR4-2133/2400 un-buffered SO-DIMM sockets for up to 32Gbyte of system memory.

The all-in-one intelligent vision platform is also customisable with one I/O module slot with a choice of four types of I/O modules – a four-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93511); a four-port isolated RS-232/422/485 module (AX93516); an one-port GbE Ethernet, two-port USB 3.0 and two-port RS-232/422/485 module (AX93519); and a two-port isolated RS-232/422/485 and eight-in/eight-out DIO module (AX93512). 

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