Simplify image processing with TwinCAT Vision software

Beckhoff Automation UK says it is bringing vision system image processing into familiar programmable logic controller (PLC) environments with its new TwinCAT Vision software. The software, which is an extension of the company's TwinCAT range of PC-based control systems, is said to simplify the process of configuring and programming vision systems for engineers. The TwinCAT Vision software brings image processing into a single platform alongside PLC, (HMI), motion control and (IoT) device management. This allows engineers to reconfigure and calibrate geometric cameras and control machine vision systems from a familiar operating environment, using PLC programming languages and the same configuration tools that are used for fieldbuses.

Incorporating these functions into one system is said to improve ease-of-use and eliminate any latency in executing image processing algorithms, which can now be executed in real time. It also allows for greater synchronisation between vision processing, PLCs and motion control functions according to Beckhoff.

Stephen Hayes, managing director of Beckhoff Automation UK says: "Image processing and machine vision systems play an increasingly important role in quality assurance in an ever-growing number of industries. Traditionally, the processing of these images has taken place on a high-performance PC that is separate to existing automation systems. The trouble is, this still generally requires specialist knowledge to adjust parameters, and it adds the risk of error or latency. With TwinCAT Vision, we've brought all the functionality that engineers need - configuration, control and pre-processing algorithms - not only into a familiar real-time operating environment, but also into a single system. This allows the machine builder to develop more advanced designs where all control and image processing tasks can be run out of one machin".

Hayes goes on to state that: "Bringing this functionality all into one familiar operating environment brings several benefits to users. Firstly, it makes vision processing easier to operate, because engineers will be adapted to working in the control system, which eliminates the need for specialist skillsets. Secondly, it allows systems to respond quicker to image input data, improving the efficiency of quality assuranc". Coupled with the PLC, motion and measurement functionality of TwinCAT, Beckhoff claims that it marks a "Significant step forward for PC-based control and vision processing systems alik".

Because the TwinCAT system is PC based, it benefits from the use of a Gigabit Ethernet interface, upon which image data transmission protocols such as GigE Vision are based. The TwinCAT Vision software features a real-time driver that supports GigE Vision, as well as tools that can read and configure settings based on the GenApi format commonly used by GigE Vision compatible camera manufacturers.

Beckhoff first announced TwinCAT Vision in late 2017, with the system being displayed at the SPS Drives exhibition the following year. The system is now becoming widely available to companies across the UK, ahead of other new product launches coming later in 2020. Further information about TwinCAT Vision software can be found at www.beckhoff.co.uk.

Beckhoff

The Boathouse
Henley-On-Thames
RG9 1AZ
UNITED KINGDOM

+44 (0)1491 410539

sales@beckhoff.co.uk

www.beckhoff.co.uk

More news
3 hours ago
Why use a fieldbus? New video explains key benefits
This video, published by the PROFIBUS Group, explains a dramatic evolution in industrial automation: the transition from 4-20 mA to digital fieldbuses. It compares the two and highlights key benefits and new business models arising from the implementation of fieldbuses
5 hours ago
One way hinges: the discreet way to hang machine doors
Wixroyd has a product in its portfolio that offers machine builders an interesting way to hang access panels and doors
5 hours ago
Henkel Loctite highlights advantages of threadlocker
There are various ways of securing threaded fasteners against vibration loosening in machines, and Henkel Loctite is highlighting this one
22 hours ago
Post BREXIT notes for machine builders
Hold-Tech Files has just published a review of the post-BREXIT picture for machine builders, featuring answers to questions that will undoubtedly be common to many of us at the moment
1 day ago
New all-in-one industrial PCs
With its newly introduced all-in-one (AIO) solutions, Phoenix Contact now offers industrial PCs with a completely closed die-cast aluminum housing (IP65)
1 day ago
Modular safety relay claimed to be world first
Pilz says that its all-new myPNOZ is the world’s first batch size 1 safety relay
2 days ago
Edge computing hardware and software choices for machine builders
RDS and AAEON offer machine builders an even greater choice of hardware and software to build high performance, integrated solutions for smart applications that require vision data to be processed at the edge
5 days ago
Certified Machinery Safety Expert course on 18th January
In conjunction with TÜV NORD, Pilz Automation UK is hosting its first CMSE Course of 2021. It starts on 18th January and lasts for four days
5 days ago
Improving communication with (and between) machines
Lenze has published a White Paper discussing PackML, a programming standard defined by OMAC, the Organisation for Machine Automation & Control. Here, Lenze's Marc Vissers provides machine builders with an insight into the paper
5 days ago
Danfoss buys Artemis Intelligent Power
Danfoss says it will allow them to begin the global commercial rollout of its Digital Displacement® pump technology, a disruptive low-carbon opportunity with applications in the industrial and off-highway markets