IDS highlights the potential of NXT at VISION 2018
At VISION 2018, IDS Imaging Development Systems is demonstrating the full potential of IDS NXT. The vision app-based industrial camera platform is expanded by the IDS NXT rio and rome product families and is offered with additional sensors and communication interfaces. For the first time, the company integrates neural networks with self-learning algorithms within some of these models. In the field of 3D vision, the company presents Ensenso XR, the first stereo camera of the series that can calculate 3D point clouds itself. Novel focusable USB 3.1 Gen 1 board level industrial cameras with liquid lens control are on show at exhibition stand 1F72, together with concept studies of extra fast 10 Gigabit Ethernet cameras, uEye concept studies with polarization sensors and numerous live demonstrations.
Visitors to VISION can see for themselves the enormous potential of the IDS NXT vision app-based industrial cameras. The new IDS NXT rio and rome families are designed as intelligent cameras in the housing of standard industrial cameras. This approach combines the capabilities of both worlds: customers can use them as fully-fledged standard industrial cameras, or take advantage of extended, individually designed applications based on vision apps and on-camera neural networks.
For greater flexibility regarding 3D vision applications, the company presents a prototype of the new Ensenso XR series with on-board processing. Unlike the cameras of the N- and X-series, which require a host computer to calculate 3D point clouds, this model can calculate them itself and transmit the data via Ethernet or Wifi. The advantages include faster generation of these 3D point clouds, less strain on network bandwidth due to transmitting results and a reduced computing load on the host PC. This allows faster clock rates for bin picking, for example.
In addition, IDS presents the concept study of a 10 GigE camera family that could make best use of the potential of current sensors in terms of high resolution, fast frame rates and large bit depths. Depending on the available bandwidth and infrastructure, it automatically adapts its transmission speed to 5, 2.5 or 1 GigE. The company also plans to integrate Power-over-Ethernet (PoE), which means that a separate cable for the power supply is no longer required. The models could be particularly interesting for applications that could only be operated at a reduced bandwidth due to the limited bandwidth of ‘standard’ GigE cameras.
Various demonstrations emphasize what the different products in the camera manufacturer’s portfolio are capable of. For example, IDS shows the new USB 3.1 Gen 1 board level cameras with liquid lens control. They facilitate image acquisition at variable object distances as their focus can be readjusted quickly and comfortably via user interface or API, even if the lens cannot be reached manually. The cameras are available with a 6.4 MP rolling shutter sensor from Sony or the highly photosensitive 18.1 MP rolling shutter sensor from ON Semiconductor, among other variants. They are equipped with S-Mount or CS-/C-Mount, twist-proof USB Type-C connection and practical USB power delivery.
The IDS team also provides GigE Vision camera prototypes with the 5 MP IMX250 Pregius CMOS sensor with integrated on-pixel polarizer from SONY. The polarization sensor provides better object detection in low contrast or reflective light and helps to visualize scratches on surfaces or stress distribution within transparent objects. The conversion of the on-pixel polarizers is already realized in the camera. As a result, the camera delivers the result image directly, and CPU-intensive evaluations of the polarization on the host PC are not necessary.
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