The Vision Assistant from ifm electronic presents a new approach for programming sensors. The operating software for ifm’s 3D sensors and cameras is distinguished by its user-friendliness.
Quick and easy
The Vision Assistant user interface is reminiscent of modern smartphones. With a click on the right button the Assistant looks for connected sensors. As an alternative, the user can also link them with the program by entering the IP address manually. If a sensor is selected, the Assistant starts the wizard offering three applications: completeness monitoring, object dimensioning and level. The wizard guides the user through the application settings. This is self-explanatory and intuitive. The requested application can be set up and started in just a few minutes. With the predefined applications it is possible to implement numerous solutions for industrial automation but the Vision Assistant can do more: In the “User defined mode” experienced users can extend the given applications or create their own solutions.
Example completeness monitoring
A production vessel is filled with several individual products. With the help of the wizard an application for completeness monitoring is created. The sensor detects the full vessel and the products contained therein are selected as ROIs (regions of interest). This is done by means of a mask that can be easily shifted, enlarged or otherwise adapted. With a single mouse click the user teaches the sensor that the selection made corresponds to the ideal condition. Then underfill is demonstrated to the sensor by removing a product from the vessel. It is not necessary to demonstrate underfill for each ROI. An object placed across the vessel indicates overfill. If the sensor detects one of the two undesired conditions, it transmits a fault signal.
Another function is added by the “User defined mode”. In addition to completeness it is to be checked if the products are in the right box because a box with too low an edge may cause problems during stacking. In the “User defined mode” a ROI is placed on the edge of the box. The sensor measures the distance and switches when it is too high or too low.
See for yourself how quickly and easily the Vision Assistant can be used:
Setting of the user defined mode using the O3D sensor by ifm:
Threedimensional detection and analysis with the O3D sensor by ifm. Do you want to learn more about the O3D?
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