Dalsa's Boa smart camera brings colour to end-user machine vision applications

Author : Edited by Mark T. Hoske, editor in chief, Control Engineering

29 January 2010

Dalsa, provider of machine vision technology, offers colour processing for its Boa vision system, Dalsa's highly integrated smart camera. Supported with a full suite of vision tools, the new colour version of the Boa sets a new cost/performance standard for colour enhanced smart camera solutions.

LSA Corp. offers colour processing for its BOA vision system, Dalsa’s highly integrated smart camera for machine vision
LSA Corp. offers colour processing for its BOA vision system, Dalsa’s highly integrated smart camera for machine vision

"Colour inspection is often a requirement in the automotive, food, packaging and pharmaceutical industries", says Steve Geraghty, director of Dalsa's Industrial Products group. "Our Boa colour smart camera offers manufacturers in these industries an extremely capable color solution at a very affordable price," he says.

The Boa smart camera can be applied to a broad range of colour inspection applications, such as identification of parts or assembly features, sorting, counting, and verification of colour hue. The colour tools can be easily combined with standard measurement or identification tools to perform a complete inspection of the part or assembly. The easy-to-use, iNspect Express software interface, allows users to rapidly prototype and deploy solutions, and it is available with a fully featured emulator for offline application development and debugging.

"Boa delivers great performance at a very reasonable price," says Brian Seguin, vision manager at H.H. Barnum, a Dalsa distributor in Michigan. "The addition of colour processing will allow our customers in the automotive and packaging industries to solve a wide range of applications using the same inspection tool."

The ultra small Boa is designed for industry. Its 44 mm cube form factor is perfect for tight-fit set-ups, the company says.

The IP67-rated housing means that the camera can be directly deployed in harsh, wash-down environments. This is particularly useful to meet control standards in the food and pharmaceutical industries, and eliminates the need for a separate, costly protective enclosure. BOA's small form factor and easy mounting capabilities allow it to integrate easily into existing production lines, machinery or moving equipment.

Dalsa offers white papers on its web site, including one that helps user decide when colour is required by machine vision.

See a Dalsa video demonstration of the Boa smart camera.

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