B&R's entry into the machine vision market is led by two camera variants: Smart Sensor and Smart Camera. With numerous options, including a variety of image sensors, lenses and software functions, B&R covers complex machine vision applications.
Smart Sensor is designed to implement a single machine vision functionality, such as QR code reading or position detection. Unlike many other devices in its class, there is no need to install dedicated hardware for each function. Instead, the user simply configures the desired Smart Sensor function in the Automation Studio engineering tool. OEMs only have to stock a single camera type and are nevertheless able to support a wide range of applications.
- One product – many functions
- Electronic focus setting
- FPGA preprocessing boost
- Easy exchange thanks to factory calibration
In cases where more than one functionality is required, it is no problem to switch to the more powerful Smart Camera. The existing application software, parameters and models can continue to be used. Whichever camera type is selected, installation could hardly be easier: Simply hook the camera up to the machine network, and it automatically obtains all the settings it needs from the controller.
If desired and enabled in the user management system, all variables and parameters can also be adjusted in real time during operation. It's also possible to add new models for object recognition or code types and other search criteria at runtime.
Both camera types feature multi-core processors and integrated FPGA image preprocessing. This enables sophisticated functions such as text recognition based on deep learning algorithms.
Each hardware variant can be equipped with one of three image sensors, ranging from 1.3 to 5 megapixels. All three sensors are characterized by their large pixel size and the resulting high light sensitivity and low noise. This guarantees optimum image quality – even in high-speed applications.
Housing variants are available with either an integrated lens and electronic focus adjustment or with a standard C mount. The C mount supports lenses from B&R or third parties, such as telecentric lenses.
Integrated into the machine network via an M12 hybrid connector, which also supplies the necessary 24 VDC power, the camera needs only a single cable. A second hybrid connection enables daisy-chain cabling with lighting elements.
B&R calibrates all lighting elements and optical systems – consisting of lens and sensor – prior to delivery. As a result, there are no parameter or programming changes required when devices are exchanged in the field. This also accelerates commissioning times for series-built machines.
- For single task (read, measure, locate, etc.)
- Function defined in project, not by item number
- Simple configuration replaces complex programming
- Simultaneous use of multiple functions
- Easy graphical links between functions
- Adapt functions at runtime using recipes
- Switch from a Smart Sensor with no parameter changes