CAMERAS Baumer announced the series production of LX VisualApplets cameras with integrated image preprocessing. These cameras are capable of image preprocessing in the camera’s FPGA without the need for expensive and complex VHDL programming. They utilize the graphical programming environment VisualApplets by Silicon Software, thanks to which even non-expert users without extensive programming experience are able to define complex algorithms quickly, flexibly and tailored to their application. In this way LX VisualApplets cameras allow the user to efficiently solve tasks which previously required customer-specific product developments or VisualApplets with a frame grabber. Camera-based image preprocessing will enhance application performance, speed up processing-intensive algorithms by running them straight in the FPGA and improve stability and precision of image evaluation by using more complex algorithms. The emphases of image preprocessing are on improved image quality (e.g. noise reduction by image averaging), reduced amount of data (e.g. profile data generated by laser triangulation) or process monitoring tasks (e.g. laser welding process control). Thanks to image preprocessing, the volume of data to be transmitted and processed can be reduced and that the PC-based image processing system is relived of the need perform these algorithms, freeing considerable processor power. This allows the use of an interface without a frame grabber. Furthermore the number of system computers can be reduced. The new LX VisualApplets cameras integrate global shutter CMOS sensors by CMOSIS and a GigE Vision compliant interface. This ensures high sensitivity and excellent image quality coupled with quick and easy system integration. The cameras are available with 4, 12 and 20 megapixel resolutions and up to 74 frames per second sensor speed. Baumer | www.baumer.com MOBILE TERMINALS Cognex Corporation announced that it has developed, and is now offering for sale, a totally new product line… ruggedized mobile terminals. Cognex’s MX-1000 series of mobile terminals offers manufacturers, logistics companies and many other organizations that currently rely on expensive, inflexible and purpose- built mobile terminals, a revolutionary new method for performing tasks such as inventory management, logistics and field service. The MX-1000 combines the ease-of-use, low-cost and flexibility of off-theshelf smartphones together with a rugged hand-held assembly that holds both the phone and a specially designed Cognex barcode reader that outperforms competitors’ laser-based and camera-based systems. Cognex expects that this unique combination will enable it to become a major player in a $500 million segment of the mobile terminal market. Cognex designed the MX-1000 after detailed discussions with leading companies that use mobile terminals and who were also customers of Cognex’s machine vision products and barcode readers. Those customers were dissatisfied with their current mobile terminals which they described as proprietary, expensive, closed systems which are both difficult to build applications on and costly to maintain. They urged Cognex to design a flexible mobile terminal that includes Cognex’s field-proven barcode reading technology. Early units of the MX-1000 have been undergoing field testing by a number of Fortune 500 companies, and Cognex is now receiving orders from them. Cognex Corporation | www.cognex.com
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