Smart camera makes visual inspections simple to configure

03 June 2019

The new SBRD smart camera from Festo lies at the heart of an intuitive image processing system that is said to open up new perspectives in automation and robot technology.

High-resolution cameras and a powerful controller form the core of the SBRD smart camera system, while image-processing software delivers fast, process-reliable results. 

The lightweight unit makes carrying out inspections from several perspectives, or with a large field of view, simpler and more intuitive. 

Equipped with two camera interfaces, the fanless remote head controller is suitable for multi-camera tasks and has a dual-core processor and PROFINET communication. The high-speed, high-resolution USB cameras deliver monochrome or colour images with a resolution of between 1.3 and 5 megapixels. 

The Camera Configuration Studio (CCS) image processing software allows inspection parameters to be tailored to individual project requirements. Users can configure inspection programs and define, log and adjust processes from image recording to input and output parameters – and even simulate them on the PC before starting.

The software enables images to be processed in a very stable way by using image analysis and image lists instead of individual images. To achieve this, users simply select and record different sample pieces. They can then define what exactly needs to be analysed and how this should be done. The tolerance ranges are based on the results data of the recorded images. Subsequent manual adjustments are also possible.

Additional tool for pick & place solutions 
A further add-on option is the CCS xRun tool, which enables test tools to be parameterised quickly. With the help of this tool, users only need to configure the settings once. The system then automatically applies these to all objects detected. This makes program development and maintenance easier and keeps the program structure simple.

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