Feb. 1, 2007
Machine vision software NI Vision Builder software for Automated Inspection version 3.0 configures, benchmarks, and deploys complete machine vision applications

Machine vision software

NI Vision Builder software for Automated Inspection version 3.0 configures, benchmarks, and deploys complete machine vision applications without programming.

Features & benefits

  • State-machine process model allows graphic customization of application flow with conditional branches or iterative loops

  • Self-documentation allows for easy organization and sharing

  • New algorithms for golden template comparison, optical character verification, and data matrix grading

  • Acquires images from thousands of off-the-shelf cameras, including Camera Link, IEEE 1394, and GigE Vision

  • Processes images with 100+ vision tools, including geometric matching, OCR, and particle analysis

National Instruments
Austin, Texas
(800) 258-7022
Circle 169

Vision camera

VC4458 Smart Camera is suitable for high-speed applications, with a maximum frame rate of 250 fps and an integrated 1 GHz DSP from Texas Instruments.

Features & benefits

  • High-speed encoder interface

  • RS232 and Ethernet interface and external trigger input for jitter-free image recording at high frequencies

  • 1/3 CCD sensor provides 640 × 480 pixel resolution

  • SVGA video output, four digital PLC inputs, and four digital outputs

  • 4 MB Flash Eprom and 64 MB SDRAM standard

Vision Components GmbH
Hudson, N.H.
(603) 598-2588
Circle 170

Mechanical torque limiters

Torque limiters isolate driving from driven elements quickly once torque reaches a preset overload value.

Features & benefits

  • 1,400 to 20,000 N radial load capacity

  • Disengagement speeds of 1,200 to 4,000 rpm (single and multi-position) and 3,000 to 14,700 rpm (full disengagement)

  • Precise overload protection; backlash-free and torsionally rigid

  • Low residual friction following disengagement and low moment of inertia

Nexen Group Inc.
Vadnais Heights, Minn.
(800) 843-7445
Circle 171

Drive controller

Square D brand M-Flex enclosed drive controller offers adjustable speed for motor control applications.

Features & benefits

  • Telemecanique brand Altivar 61 or 71 ac drive for high functionality

  • Altivar 61 offers constant torque/heavy-duty ratings (150% current limit) of 1 to 4 hp at 208 to 230 V and 1 to 450 hp at 460 V

  • Altivar 71 offers variable torque/light-duty ratings (110% current limit) of 1 to 50 hp at 208 to 230 V and 1 to 500 hp at 460 V

  • Type 1 general purpose or type 12/12K drip and dust-proof enclosures in integrated or barriered designs

  • Ac line reactor provides transient protection from surge and overvoltage; minimizes line harmonics

Schneider Electric
Palatine, Ill.
(847) 397-2600
Circle 172

Linear guideways

Linear guideway assemblies offer high-speed, high-accuracy, long-lasting, and trouble-free performance with the use of a recirculation system for smooth motion with little noise.

Features & benefits

  • Lube-retaining end caps and sealed bearing blocks reduce friction

  • End seals, with optional double seals and scrapers, protect against contamination

  • Several series available — ATH (for heavy loads), ATE (with interchangeable block), ATM (miniature model), and ATH E2 (self-lubricating)

  • 28-page brochure detailing all product lines now available

Warner Linear, Div. of Altra Industrial Motion
Belvidere, Ill.
(800) 234-3369
Circle 173

Hollow-shaft encoder

HS35M magnetic, hollow-shaft encoder features shaft seals and bearings that stay sealed to keep out contamination.

Features & benefits

  • Fits shafts from 0.5 to 1.125 in. for end-of-shaft and through-shaft applications

  • Resin housing resists acids, bases, oils, and chemicals; eliminates shaft current or grounding problems

  • Two large bearings protect against damage

  • Mechanical barriers prevent flexing or failure

Avtron Manufacturing Inc.
Independence, Ohio
(216) 642-1230
Circle 174

Metric retaining rings

Single-turn, spiral retaining rings are available for internal and external grooves.

Features & benefits

  • More than 400 rings available in carbon and stainless steel

  • Diameters from 6 to 300 mm; custom sizes from 5 to 2,300 mm

  • Three series match European DIN 471 and 472 grooves and aerospace specification MA 4017 and 4016

Smalley Steel Ring Co.
Lake Zurich, Ill.
(847) 719-5900
Circle 175

Brushless servomotors

MUS brushless servomotors are fitted with high-flux density Neodymium iron boron magnets to reduce motor inertia.

Features & benefits

  • Torques from 380 W to 3.5 kW

  • High peak torques for acceleration and deceleration

  • Thermal sensor location eliminates overheating and demagnetizing

AC Technology Corp., a member of the Lenze Group
Uxbridge, Mass.
(508) 278-9100
Circle 176

Pick-and-place unit

AGE-S unit guarantees compensation beyond positioning accuracy of the robot for medium and heavy load pick-and-pick applications.

Features & benefits

  • X, Y, and X compensation directions minimize size and weight

  • Resists bending moments; complies to workpiece positions to minimize assembly and unloading forces

  • Compensation ranges of ±12 mm (X and Y) and 14 mm (Z); may be fixed by pneumatic device for XY and Z direction

  • Payloads from 5.5 to 100 kg

Schunk Inc.
Morrisville, N.C.
(919) 572-2705
Circle 177

Position sensors

TEX position sensors are rated to IP66 and feature differential pressure compensation technology to equalize pressure that builds up from rod movement on linear sensors.

Features & benefits

  • Stroke lengths to 300 mm; operating life to 20 million movements

  • Compact, 18-mm housing

  • Linearity of ±0.05% with resolution better than 0.01 mm

  • Pivot heads provide large angle of free movement to eliminate side-load errors

  • Mounting options include fixing clamps for center bushing or bolt-through flange plates

Novotechnik U.S. Inc.
Southborough, Mass.
(508) 485-2244
Circle 178

Motion, logic controllers

SMLC-SA single axis controllers combine high-performance drive technology with IEC 61131-3 programming capabilities.

Features & benefits

  • Replace standalone PLC and controller/drive; reduce wiring complexity, panel space, and programming

  • 600 to 24,000 W power; 115 to 480 Vac input voltage

  • Scalability from one to 16 axes

  • Built-in I/O: 27 digital and four analog; expand to thousands of I/O points with Wago 750 series Ethernet I/O

Rochester, N.Y.
(800) 656-7632
Circle 179

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