By Rowland O’Flaherty
National Instruments today announced its NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI) Version 3.0. This version introduces a new state-machine process model that gives engineers a flexible environments available for configuring vision systems. With this process model, engineers can customize the execution flow of their inspections to meet a wide variety of machine vision challenges, from component alignment to part inspection and verification. Through the use of state machines, Vision Builder AI now combines the flexibility of a programming language with the ease of use of a configuration environment.
According to NI, the state-machine process model within Vision Builder AI can help engineers to graphically customize the flow of their applications with conditional branches or iterative loops, allowing a single inspection to dynamically adjust with each new image.
Vision Builder AI also includes new algorithms for golden template comparison, optical character verification (OCV) and data matrix grading that are designed to help engineers identify quality errors earlier in production. To communicate results, Vision Builder AI now works with all NI-DAQmx-compatible hardware devices, enabling engineers to read and write digital and analog inspection information to any NI-DAQmx-compatible device, such as M Series data acquisition (DAQ) or NI CompactDAQ devices.
Vision Builder AI can acquire images from thousands of off-the-shelf cameras, including Camera Link, IEEE 1394, and GigE Vision, and process images with more than 100 powerful machine vision tools, including geometric matching, OCR and particle analysis. Inspections developed with Vision Builder AI can run on any PC, the NI Compact Vision System or the Sony Smart Camera.
Download a free evaluation at www.ni.com/vision/vbai
Filed Under: Factory automation, Mechatronics, Vision • machine vision • cameras + lenses • frame grabbers • optical filters