Smart camera combines 3D and 2D inspection systems

By Gwen Ridler

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Cognex Corporation's InSight system can pull data from both 3D and 2D detection systems
Cognex Corporation's InSight system can pull data from both 3D and 2D detection systems

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Cognex Corporation has launched a ‘first-of-its-kind’ smart camera that allows engineers to quickly, accurately and effectively solve a range of inspections on automated production lines.

The 3D-L4000 combines patented speckle-free blue laser optics and several true 3D vision tools with an In-Sight spreadsheet that can quickly capture and process 3D images during inline inspection, guidance, and gauging applications.

By allowing users to place vision tools directly on a true 3D image of the part, the 3D-L4000 delivers greater accuracy compared to traditional systems, expanding the types of inspections that can be performed. Moreover, because inspections are in 3D, users can immediately experience how the vision tools operate on the actual part.

Simple set-up

The In-Sight spreadsheet interface sets up and runs 3D applications without the need for programming or external processing. It simplifies application development and streamlines factory integration with a full I/O and communications function set.

Cognex claimed it also enables the ability to combine 2D and 3D vision tools in the same application, leading to faster deployments. The In-Sight 3D-L4000 comes in three factory calibrated fields of view and is ideal for applications across a range of industries including food and beverage, consumer products, packaging, automotive, medical devices, and electronics.

John Keating, Cognex 3D business unit manager, said: “Until now, 3D has been too expensive and complicated to solve inspection applications for most customers.

Breaking barriers

“The In-Sight 3D-L4000 breaks previous barriers by providing a massive suite of true 3D vision tools and making them as easy to use as the industry leading In-Sight 2D vision tools.”

Meanwhile, the world has changed a lot over the course of a year. From the way we work to how products reach consumers, every part of the food and drink industry has felt some impact from COVID-19 and subsequent lockdowns enforced to help contain its spread.

In response, systems providers have developed new tools to help aid detection and inspection within food and drink manufacturing plants.

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