More than cameras
Sensors and industrial cameras have opened up new vistas in production line automation. Blumenbecker's machine vision systems are used for applications such as:
- measurement (measuring/testing a product's specific dimensions), product checks (checking the correct position of all parts of an assembly)
- product identification (barcode and 2D code reading, identifying a product type based on shape, size and other characteristics),
- product sorting (for example, sorting packaged chocolates by colour etc.) and
- robot navigation (determining the product's position on a conveyor belt and using its coordinates for palletizing, depalletizing and other activities).
Sensors and industrial cameras are often used for quality control. They assure high product quality, strengthen customers' confidence in the products, and reduce the number of complaints.
Important parameters of industrial cameras
Most of today's produced cameras are equipped with an own processor and DO signals. So in case of not complicated applications, there is no need to use PC. This type of camera is also called a "smart camera". There is a big variability in using an advisible type of camera and its output power and the way of connectivity depend on concrete reqiurements of application. For very demanding applications, a connection of a camera and PC is necessary.
One of the main parameters, that directly influence mainly an accuracy of meassuring is a camera resolution. The standard resolution used is 1024x768 which is a cost-effective compromise between price and output power.
For special applications, where it's hard to differentiate individual product parts by contract or colour, or when it's necessary to know the stereometric dimensions (e.g. for a volume meassuring) the usage of 3D-cameras is typical.
Manufacturer-independent solution from Blumenbecker for greater reliability and speed
The quality and resolution of the sensors and industrial cameras doesn't matter if the software cannot process the incoming data in real time.
Blumenbecker has developed proprietary software for its machine vision systems that maximizes sensor and camera performance.
The software supports the identification of:
- Geometric features (e.g. correct length of a bar)
- Colour features (e.g. correct paper hue)
- Position data (e.g. correct location of a part)
- Temperatures (e.g. during glass production)
Even when using high-resolution industrial cameras, our software is able to further increase the quality of image processing and thus work faster and more reliably.
We start our relationship with an in-depth consultation in which we analyse your requirements and identify areas where we see room for improvement. Next, we design and configure the solutions to meet your requirements while maximising their value to you.
Planning and Construction
We plan and develop your industrial image processing solution in-house so that it meets your individual requirements and you can be sure that you will get the right result.
We program all the systems ourselves so we can accurately and precisely fulfil your special requests and preferences. Our software engineers are intimately familiar with all standard programming systems and can also develop custom software with standardised interfaces.
Once installed, the systems are commissioned by our specialists and project engineers. They monitor the start-up process, test availability and optimise processes to get the solution quickly integrated into your production process. Our services also include shift supervision by our engineers and the training of operators and maintenance personnel.
Our partnership does not end with commissioning and start-up. We continue to offer a plant maintenance service and will undertake software and hardware modifications as and when needed for the production process.
We support your machine vision system over the complete life cycle of the plant, up to maintenance and future extensions. In case of technical problems we offer you a fast 24/7 service.
We modernise your existing production facilities by integrating machine vision solutions and thus significantly increase your efficiency and production quality.
EPLAN Electric P8 is a CAE software solution for project planning, documentation and management of electrotechnical automation projects. It is based on an innovative platform technology that enables horizontal and vertical integration in engineering.
International standards such as IEC 81346, ANSI, JIC, NFPA, GB or the Russian GOST are also supported. Because we work with EPLAN P8 / EPLAN Pro Panel for all projects, compatibility with your professional standards is guaranteed at all times.