News | November 30, 2012

Intelligent Outlook: Smart Camera VC Nano Tube

Source: Vision Components GmbH

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Responding to a customer request, Vision Components, expert for embedded machine vision systems, has refined its intelligent camera model VC nano cube. Since the VC service range includes development services as well as the adaptation of standard models, such individual solutions can be easily and cost-efficiently implemented at any time. The request included a round, dust-proof housing with integrated lighting. VC implemented this by means of a protective IP65 enclosure that houses the remote camera head and a 12 mm S-Mount lens as well as eight High-Power LEDs while the processor and other electronic components remain inside the standard nano housing. This design is ideally suited for applications with limited installation space and demanding environments where dust, dirt, or humidity occur. Available as a stainless steel and as an aluminum model, the protective housing can be quickly and easily installed thanks to an M30 thread.

The VC nano tube provides 32 MB Flash and 128 MB DDRAM memory capac-ity. Its 700 MHz processor has a computing power of 5,600 MIPS. Like all intel-ligent cameras from VC, the VC nano tube executes all image processing rou-tines without an additional PC. An Ethernet interface and an optional RS232 interface enable integration into automation environments. The VC nano tube is equipped with a global shutter CMOS sensor that can compete with the per-formance of a CCD sensor and provides crystal-clear pictures even in extremely fast applications. At a frame rate of 55 fps, it records images with a 752 x 480 pixel resolution.

About Vision Components GmbH
Founded in 1996 by Michael Engel, inventor of the first intelligent camera for industrial applications, Vision Components GmbH is a leading supplier in the field of machine vision. Branches and distributors represent the Ettlingen-based company worldwide in more than 25 countries. Vision Components develops and distributes intelligent, network-compatible real-time Smart Cameras which are able to operate without a PC. These embedded vision solutions can be easily integrated into almost any machine or plant. The product portfolio includes Smart Cameras with or without a protective housing, single board cameras, and vision sensors. Vision Components also develops custom-tailored machine vision solutions for a wide range of applications. Amongst others, typical applications include quality inspection and automation. Equipped with the proprietary multitasking VCRT operating system, VC Smart Cameras can be easily configured for all possible tasks. Furthermore, VC provides software libraries for many applications including motion capture, decoding, measurement, and positioning.

SOURCE: Vision Components GmbH