Discrete and Process Automation

At Automate 2023: AI and machine vision solutions from IDS

01 May 2023

Whether sorting, inspecting, supplying or documenting goods, many steps in the production process can be optimized with machine vision and artificial intelligence (AI). However, many companies still lack the know-how and time to familiarize themselves with the field of AI and use the technology for their needs. The AI Vision System IDS NXT is designed to help with this, as it can be quickly and easily deployed by any user group, even without having extensive knowledge of machine learning, image processing or application programming. It consists of industrial cameras capable of performing AI-based image processing tasks on the device and easy-to-use software.

Visit booth 6830 at Automate 2023 during May 22 through May 25 in Detroit, Michigan, as IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH presents how to leverage AI vision with its user-friendly all-in-one system.

Thanks to the recently introduced software update 3.1, IDS NXT cameras is now able to detect anomalies — even if deviations are not previously known or hardly predictable. It is possible to use only "GOOD" images for the training of the neural network that later runs directly on the camera. In addition, only a small amount of training data is required compared to the other AI methods Object Detection and Classification. This makes it particularly easy and convenient to evaluate the potential of AI-based image processing. The combination of ease of use and powerful vision system helps companies to implement the possibilities of new vision technology and keep their competitive edge.

The AI vision system IDS NXT now also provides anomaly detection. Source: IDSThe AI vision system IDS NXT now also provides anomaly detection. Source: IDS

Programmable or plug and play? With the uEye XC autofocus camera, the choice is up to the user. IDS now offers the compact camera with UVC protocol in addition to models with USB3 Vision. Like a webcam, it delivers perfectly sharp images and videos — even with changing object distances and difficult lighting conditions.

Capturing fast-moving scenes in all details requires not only the right sensor, but also a high-performance interface. For this, IDS now offers uEye Warp10, a 10GigE industrial camera family. They are about twice as fast as cameras with USB3 interface. The company has recently introduced new models with Sony 4th generation sensors, and will soon add several high-resolution onsemi XGS sensors as well as models with TFL mount.

The Ensenso C-Powerful 3D camera, a brand-new model in the Ensenso 3D camera product line, is the first to deliver both 3D data and 2D color information from one device. This allows for even more robust automation tasks.

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