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Cognex Expands Display Options for In-Sight Vision Systems

Allows operator controls specific to the application using clutter-free touch screens

Published: Monday, February 7, 2011 - 15:05

(Cognex Corp.: Natick, MA) -- Cognex Corp. has announced a new option to deliver its VisionView operator interface to third-party CE panels. VisionView CE software can now be licensed and installed directly onto Rockwell and Siemens CE panels, allowing end-users to use existing equipment and thereby reduce monitor clutter. In addition to supporting VisionView CE software to run on Rockwell and Siemens CE panels, a new software release, VisionView 1.4, adds the functionality to support filtered images, provides the ability to view the failed image next to the current image, has additional touch-screen drivers for the VisionView VGA model, and has 64-bit support for Microsoft Windows 7.

“VisionView CE software now offers users seamless integration with factory floor HMIs by allowing them to run VisionView on their own Rockwell and Siemens CE panels,” says Bhaskar Banerjee, business unit manager for Vision Systems. “The addition of the VisionView CE software model to the product line, as well as the additional software upgrades, makes VisionView the most powerful tool for monitoring and controlling vision applications directly from the factory floor.”

VisionView users now have a choice of four different platforms

VisionView CE. The new VisionView CE software option offers all the standard VisionView features and enables operators to view their applications using their existing Rockwell or Siemens CE panels. VisionView CE offers higher performance and ability to support larger screens while reducing additional monitor clutter.

VisionView PC. The VisionView PC software has all the standard VisionView features while providing the flexibility of using your own choice of PC and monitor.

VisionView VGA. VisionView VGA provides the flexibility by allowing “control room” viewing of images and results without being limited by the size of the display. The VisionView VGA adapter supports VGA displays of different resolutions, as well as touch-screen displays.

VisionView 700. The VisionView 700 is a powerful, low-cost operator interface panel that provides password-protected user control to adjust vision tool parameters and regions of interest without requiring a PC on your factory floor.

New features in VisionView 1.4 include:

• Software licenses for third-party CE panels, such as Rockwell PanelViewPlus and Siemens MP-Series CE Panels. End-users can reduce monitor clutter by using existing panels instead of purchasing new monitors for their vision systems.
• Last Failed Image View shows the current image and the last failed image side by side. End-users can compare the current run-time image and the last image that failed within the same view.
• Filtered Image View allows display of filtered images from the camera on the VisionView panel. End-users can see the tools being applied on the actual filtered image that has been applied from the camera.
• New serial touch-screen drivers are preinstalled to support various touch-screen panels with VisionView VGA. In addition to the Mitsubishi GOT panels, VVVGA now supports various models of Advantech, Proface, ELO, and 3M Microtouch panels.


The new VisionView CE software, and the new VisionView 1.4 software, is available now. For more information, or to download a free trial version of VisionView 1.4, visit www.cognex.com/visionview.


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Cognex Corp. develops, manufactures, and markets vision systems, vision software, vision sensors, and surface inspection systems used in manufacturing automation. Cognex is also a leader in industrial ID readers. Cognex vision helps companies improve product quality, eliminate production errors, lower manufacturing costs, and exceed consumer expectations for high quality products at an affordable price. Founded in 1981, Cognex is headquartered in Natick, Massachusetts, with regional office and distributors throughout North America, Japan, Europe, Asia, and Latin America.