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Compact vision system uses a single Ethernet cable

25 October, 2013

National Instruments has announced a compact vision system that uses a single Ethernet cable to power a camera, send triggers and acquire images. The NI CVS-1457RT system has two independent GigE Vision ports with Power over Ethernet (PoE) technology that support deterministic camera triggering over the Ethernet bus and are compatible with low-cost PoE cameras and non-PoE GigE cameras.

The system incorporates FPGA-enabled I/O, which can be combined with an easy-to-use Vision RIO API to synchronise vision inspection results with other parts of the system, such as encoders, ejectors and proximity sensors. It is programmed using either NI’s LabView software or its Vision Builder for Automated Inspection.

The NI CVS-1457RT is a part of the LabView RIO (reconfigurable I/O) architecture, which combines the open LabView programming environment with off-the-shelf hardware to simplify development. It allows engineers to combine powerful vision tools, I/O, industrial communication, datalogging and HMIs in a single environment.

“The NI CVS-1457RT is a giant step forward for NI compact vision systems,” says Jamie Smith, director of product marketing for embedded systems at National Instruments. “I don’t think there’s a better vision system out there for engineers and scientists involved in machine building, automated inspection, manufacturing or quality assurance.”

NI's vision system simplifies cabling

The fanless system is powered by a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor. Onboard I/O includes eight isolated digital inputs, eight isolated digital outputs, two TTL I/O, a quadrature encoder, a VGA port, two USB ports, a serial port and a LAN port.

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