Due to the constantly increasing demands on product quality and documentation, machine vision has become a key technology, not least because of the compact system solutions that are now available, and its sales figures are rising rapidly. Machine vision is used wherever the task would be too dangerous for a human, would lead to fatigue and thus loss of concentration, or where the requirements would exceed the capabilities of a human.
As an authorised system partner and main integrator of Keyence Deutschland GmbH for several years, the solution of complex tasks is one of our core competences. We offer you holistic support from the feasibility study and project planning to the final integration.
Since 2019, we have been a licensed solution partner of MATRIX VISION and the parent company Balluff in the field of image processing. In addition to industrial cameras with interface support for USB 2.0, 3.0 and GigE Vision, Matrix Vision also offers smart cameras for rapid application development, which do not require the use of a PC. The Smart Camera is also identical in design and can be found in the Balluff range. The web-based software solution for creating applications, which is adapted to the hardware, enables simple development and fast commissioning.
For optical inspection, our experts also successfully use the Halcon software from the company MVTec Software GmbH. With a total of more than 2,000 operators in the image processing library, Halcon offers a significantly extended range of functions and, in combination with our expert knowledge, is therefore ideally suited for complex requirements where the standard tools of other manufacturers reach their limits.
Many machine vision projects start with a feasibility study when there is uncertainty about hardware selection or general feasibility. These extensive studies are carried out in our own vision laboratory. Installed in a test case, an XG‑X controller of the largest performance class from Keyence is permanently available to us for studies in the laboratory or also at the customer’s site. At the end of a study, we hand over comprehensive documentation to the customer, which enables further planning of the project.
The further procedure depends on how the machine vision system is to be integrated. There is the possibility of integration as a stand-alone machine or into an already existing system, for example an assembly machine or end-of-line inspection.
The standard holder for Keyence cameras enables quick installation and adjustment of the camera. Micrometre screws allow quick and precise adjustment in x- and y‑direction as well as 360° rotation of the camera at any time, thus saving time also for later readjustments.
The standard mask for Keyence systems creates an alternative to the in-house Keyence mask as an HMI application. It offers advantages in menu management and fault message display, which provides an improved overview of machine data and statuses.
If the measuring system needs to be readjusted after some time, measuring fields or lines can be edited and saved directly via the HMI without the need for additional equipment. This reduces downtime and support costs.
Measurement limits can also be changed and adjusted at any time via the HMI.