Embedded system is suitable for high-speed, real-time vision

Paul Boughton

National Instruments is introducing a new embedded vision system that gives manufacturing engineers and system integrators the ability to build high-speed, real-time machine vision systems for applications such as sorting products, verifying assemblies and inspecting packaging.

The NI EVS-1464RT Embedded Vision System is a high-performance, multicore controller capable of processing images from multiple IEEE 1394 and GigE Vision cameras. Additionally, the EVS-1464RT features an extended temperature range, a real-time operating system, a solid-state hard drive and a fanless design, all of which makes it suitable for use in harsh industrial environments.

The EVS-1464RT features a variety of camera connectivity options so engineers can use many different types of cameras to perform simultaneous inspections ranging from high-resolution area scan to high-speed line scan and from colour to infrared. The EVS-1464RT also includes a wide range of digital I/O and industrial communication options that make it possible for the system to communicate and integrate with automation devices such as programmable automation controllers, programmable logic controllers, human-machine interfaces, sensors and actuators to perform faster inspections.

Configuration can be carried out with NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI), an interactive software environment for building, benchmarking and deploying machine vision applications without programming. With this intuitive, menu-driven software, engineers can build complex machine vision applications that not only incorporate image processing algorithms but also advanced decision making with looping and branching using the built-in state diagram editor.

For more advanced applications, the EVS-1464RT can also integrate with NI Labview graphical system design software and the NI Vision Development Module, which is the comprehensive library of image processing functions. Because both software packages work with all NI vision hardware, engineers can easily manage and maintain multiple hardware systems, choose the appropriate hardware for new applications and switch between both software options with minimal effort.

For more information, visit www.ni.com/vision