Firstsight offers iPD entry-level automated inspection device

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Firstsight Vision is introducing the entry-level VA15 automated inspection device from iPD. The latest in the VA series of vision appliances, the VA15 is described as a 'smart camera with a difference', having all the processing power in a rugged, DIN-rail-mountable enclosure instead of the camera head. Equipped with a 640x480 CCD sensor, the VA15 combines performance, ease-of-use and flexible integration capabilities with highly competitive pricing for a wide range of machine vision applications, for end users and machine vision integrators.

The VA15 can be accessed and set up using a web browser through a standard Ethernet link to a laptop or PC on a local network. After configuring, the unit runs independently - yet inspections can be monitored remotely from any computer with access privileges, thereby providing 'connect and go' capability. With all the processing capabilities positioned in a chassis alongside other automation controllers, the small-format camera can be fitted into tighter spaces for added versatility.

Fully equipped with industrial-grade inputs and outputs, the unit also benefits from a visible LED light coupled to each connection, which indicates the active state of the signal. The I/O, together with all external interfaces, is conveniently accessible on the front of the unit.

The popular iNspect application software is preinstalled on the VA15. This package is suitable for a range of quality control applications, including assembly verification, part identification, measurements, flaw detection and object location. Each of the inspection tools has been carefully designed to extract the relevant information from the object image. No programming or extensive training is required.

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