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Standards, system benefits drive convergence of machine vision, industrial internet of things (IIoT) - Technologieforum Bildverarbeitung 2019

Vortrag beim Technologieforum Bildverarbeitung 8./9.10.2019 in Unterschleißheim (Deutschland)
Referent: Steve Kinney, Smart Vision Lights

While IIoT is one of today’s coolest buzz words, machine vision solutions have been at forefront of machine-to-machine communications since the vision industry’s inception in the 1980s. Mainly because there is no automated solution unless the machine vision data – whether it be an offset, pass/fail judgement, or other critical data – is communicated to nearby robots, manufacturing equipment and the engineers, technicians and management that operate them for subsequent action.

In the past, machine vision solutions passed data along a variety of transport layers, whether it be consumer interfaces, such as Gigabit Ethernet, USB, or dedicated industrial interfaces such as CameraLink. Supporting data interface, transport and library standards such as GigE Vision and GenICam further improved the ease at which machine vision solutions could communicate with nearby machines.

Today, these standards now extend further into the system beyond just defining the camera component through standards such as the Local Interconnect Network (LIN), Mobile Industry Processor Interface (MIPI) that enable cost-effective electronic device design and sub-assembly communication. At the same time, wired networks such as industrial gigabit ethernet, coaxial, and others are being complimented by wireless edge networks that will enable more plug-and-play operation and control with all system peripherals, not just the camera-PC pipeline. This presentation will explore how these old and new standards are enabling new, cost-effective machine vision solution designs.