Cognex DataMan 262 Ultra High Definition Barcode Reader

June 13, 2017

High performance barcode reader for direct part mark (DPM) microcodes

Daman 262 Ultra High ResThe DataMan 262 Ultra High Definition barcode readers were designed to read DPM microcodes that are marked directly on any surface of components today. The DataMan 262 Ultra High Definition barcode reader is small in size while delivering the best performance on DPM microcodes, running Cognex’s industry best algorithms.

Setup is a snap as the reader, the optics and the lighting are contained in one small package. Additionally, the size of the reader allows for installation into the small spaces on today’s marking and assembly machines. All of this adds up to the best ID reader and easiest to deploy to read the most challenging microcodes.

Cognex In-Sight 7000 Gen II Vision System

April 28, 2017

In-Sight 7000 Gen II (3)The first, truly-customizable vision system! With field-configurable modular optics, lights, filters and covers the next generation In-Sight 7000 can be easily customized to solve your unique application. Now you have the power to BUILD YOUR VISION, your way!

The NEW In-Sight 7000 is a full-featured, powerful vision system that performs fast, accurate inspections of a wide range of parts across all industries. Its compact footprint easily fits into space-constrained production lines and the unique, modular design is highly field-customizable to your application requirements.

  • Enhanced performance keeps pace with increasing line speeds
  • Field-configurable lenses, lights, filters and covers meet custom application requirements
  • Familiar EasyBuilder interface simplifies set up and deployment

Cognex In-Sight Laser Profiler

April 11, 2017

In-Sight Laser Profiler and VC200The In-Sight™ laser profiler is a measurement system used to verify that a part’s dimensions meet specifications.  The In-Sight laser profiler is configured using the In-Sight EasyBuilder user interface.  This intuitive, easy-to-use software makes it simple for manufacturing and quality engineers to develop, deploy and support high accuracy measurements on the factory floor.

  1. Accurately acquire profiles
  2. Easily extract features and construct reference points
  3. Perform correct and repeatable measurements

The In-Sight laser profiler generates an accurate 2D profile of an object along a laser line.  The 2D profile provides precise geometric information that can be sued to verify that an object is defect-free and meets specifications.  The In-Sight laser profiler is easy to use and factory calibrated to ensure accurate and repeatable measurement results.

Learn How Mobile Robotics and RFID are Optimizing the Factory & Warehouse Floor

March 30, 2017

Olympus Mobile RFID groupGet an in-depth introduction to mobile robotics and a first-hand look at the MiR platform. Olympus Controls will present the advantages, applications and mobile top options for the MiR platform.  Attendees will be able to see how the MiR along with the RFID tower can do inventory in a simple live demonstration.  Olympus will also be showing how the MiR can be guided through a wearable computer from Zebra.  Attendees will also learn about the basics of RFID – how it works and what makes a successful RFID application.

Tavern Hall, Bellevue, WA – April 18, 2017

TopGolf Hillsboro, Hillsboro, OR – April 20, 2017

Parker Miniature Precision Direct Drive Rotary Stage (mPR)

March 16, 2017

IPT mSRThe mPR is a miniature precision direct drive rotary stage with integrated high-precision rotary bearing, high-resolution rotary encoder and 3-phase AC servo motor.

The Miniature Precision Rotary (mPR) stage is designed to meet the needs of OEMs and machine builders seeking very high precision in a compact direct drive product. Two form factors of 80mm and 104mm diameter mount easily on top of small linear motion axes for building complete multi-axis motion systems.

The mPR is lightweight without sacrificing precision and stiffness and delivers excellent torque density.

Get Remote Access to Your Universal Robot

March 2, 2017

airgateIndustry 4.0 is here; now you can access a UR robot from anywhere with any device using Airgate’s new ARCS rm solution.

ARCS rm is UR certified software that provides an encrypted VNC connection between the robot and any internet-connected device that the robot owner has granted access to.

ARCS rm (remote management) provides you with an extra communication dimension to your collaborative robots. The easy to install and easy to program solutions enables you to be in touch with your robots through a secure link, which works any time of the day and independently of your location. The solutions reduce overall production costs, improved quality, minimized downtime and increased operational efficiency.

Understanding the Difference Between Muting and Blanking

February 23, 2017

blanking-and-mutingSafety light curtains can be used in a variety of different modes such as muting, blanking and floating blanking, depending on the needs of the application.  The terms muting and blanking are frequently used incorrectly.  This post will help clarify the difference between the two so the correct safety light curtain functionality is chosen and the machine runs safely.  READ MORE

In-Sight VC200 Multi Smart Camera Vision System

November 17, 2016

vc200-smallThe In-Sight® VC200 multi smart camera vision system brings the proven reliability of standalone In-Sight vision systems to multi camera vision applications. You can easily attach up to four In-Sight smart cameras to a controller for multi-view inspections in your manufacturing environment. For the first time, you can leverage the power of distributed computing with multiple smart cameras for high-performance applications.


Cognex SurfaceFX Feature Extract Technology

September 15, 2016

surfacefx-setupSurfaceFX (Surface Feature Extract) is a product that utilizes an algorithm which highlights surface features regardless of whether they are engraved, etched, embossed, dented, punctured, stamped, or raised. Once contrast is created in the image, Cognex’s industry leading vision tools (OCRMax, PatMax RedLine, Blobs, InspectEdge, etc.) can easily inspect the part.

SurfaceFX utilizes a 4-segment quadrant controlled light and a Cognex IS8000 or IS5705 Series camera.  It uses reflections and shadows from the different angled lights to determine the surface structure.  The Cognex algorithm combines images from different light sources to create the resulting image.

SurfaceFX Applications:

Detect Small Defects including; chips, dents, wrinkle, puncture, tears
Creates Contrast between the surface and engraved, embossed, stamped, etched, or raised features

Cognex 2DMax with PowerGrid Technology

August 29, 2016

Combining texture and shape for best-in-class 2-D code reading

Successful DataMatrix code reading is reliant upon the finder and clocking patterns being intact, along with a quiet zone around the code. If these essential elements are damaged or obscured, the barcode reader is unable to identify and decode the symbol from the other markings on the product or packaging.

Cognex has overcome this limitation with PowerGrid™ technology. This patent-pending 2-D code-reading algorithm combines both textural and geometric data to enable the highest DataMatrix code read rates.

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