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Gardasoft Triniti

Expert control of machine vision lighting made easy

Triniti is an enabling technology from Gardasoft, which provides expert control, operational intelligence and full integration of machine vision lighting ‒ all within a 'plug & play' environment. With Triniti, machine vision systems with LED lighting are now much easier to create, configure and commission, while at the same time, offering increased functionality. This is because complex control techniques have now been made very easy to implement.

Triniti delivers many benefits to users, including that it

  • enables non-expert users to use expert machine vision lighting techniques
  • revolutionises the integration of lighting parameters right through to application level software
  • addresses the industry's identified need for a highly flexible system that is also readily 'plug & play'
  • provides a stability of brightness, long-term, that helps to enhance the reliability of machine vision systems, over many years.


You need a combination of the following components when applying the Triniti technology:

  • CCS or Smart Vision Lights illumination with embedded Triniti chip for storing fixed and variable lighting parameters
  • Lighting controller with embedded Triniti chip like the Gardasoft TR-RC or TR-HT
  • Triniti SDK software API with GigE Vision and GeniCam interface
  • Triniti compatible machine vision software such as STEMMER IMAGING's Common Vision Blox or Teledyne DALSA Sherlock (as stand-alone product, in combination with a camera and a computer or a smart camera) component

Triniti features

Triniti chip

Triniti integrates a chip inside compatible lights which stores the operational capabilities of the light along with dynamic usage data and measurements from optional integrated sensors such as temperature, peak current, running time or optical output intensity.

Triniti LED controller

Selected Gardasoft models are available with Triniti and are identified by the prefix TR-XX. Triniti controllers communicate with the Triniti chip inside the light to automatically set up the operating envelope of the light preventing accidental damage while providing feedback on parameters such as in light sensor and usage.

Triniti protocols

Triniti light controllers feature GigE Vision compliance, so you can control them through your favorite machine vision software in the same way a camera is controlled.

Triniti machine vision software interface (SDK)

A full featured SDK is provided to seamlessly integrate light control into applications and is compatible with a growing number of machine vision development environments. A user control is also provided for designers writing their own C#, C++ or VB.NET code.

Easy set-up

Set-up utilities are provided for a number of software packages including STEMMER IMAGING's CVB. These provide a graphical representation of the timing of the lighting and camera along with the resultant image. This makes set-up easy.

A growing number of lighting manufactures are integrating Triniti. CCS and Smart Vision Lights are the launch lighting partners for Triniti while STEMMER IMAGING, Cognex and National Instruments are launch software partners.

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Reasons for Gardasoft Triniti

You want easy integration of lighting into your software environment

The Triniti technology allows for easy integration of illumination systems and LED controllers into the machine vision software via SDK and the Triniti chip. These connections are realised via standard GigE Vision protocols and software API and feature full compatibility with well-known vision software such as Common Vision Blox. A user control is also provided for designers writing their own C#, C++ oder VB.NET code.

Your benefit:

  • You are able to work within a familiar software environment saving you time and money when configuring your illumination.
You want full control of your lighting

Both fixed and variable parameters are stored on the Triniti chip embedded in the illumination. In addition, the lighting is directly integrated into the software environment via Triniti SDK allowing you easy and remote control of basic parameter settings as well as advanced lighting functions such as overdriving.

Your benefit:

  • You have full control of your illumination and you can rapidly react to changing conditions.
You want to operate your illumination system cost-effectively and for as long as possible.

Data stored on the Triniti chip provides information on general characteristics of the illumination such as the ability for overdriving. In addition, the current lighting status is recorded, for example a temperature sensor may measure the actual operating temperature. Depending on the programming of the connected system, a transmitted signal may alert the user in case of overheating. It is also possible to display a warning towards the end of the lighting’s life cycle.

Your benefits:

  • You can avoid overstressing and thus damaging the lighting which saves you cost.
  • You will be informed when it is time to replace your lighting. In this way, it is easier for you to plan ahead and maximise your system’s uptime.
You want reliable test results

The intensity of LED lighting usually degrades over time. The reduced brightness can be measured by the camera sensor. Thanks to the Triniti technology appropriate countermeasures can be initiated in good time to guarantee uniform illumination of your test objects.

Your benefits:

  • Constant light conditions enhance reliability and repeatability of your inspection processes.
You want to increase the accuracy of your inspection

Since you have full control of your system’s intensity level at any time, you can eliminate errors by setting tighter tolerances, because you can fall back on consistent image results for evaluation.

Your benefits:

  • You achieve precise test results.
  • You are able to reduce rejects which lowers production costs.
You care for minimal product changeover times

Triniti allows the storing and recalling of lighting parameters at any time. In this way, you are able to use existing settings for frequently changing test objects.

Your benefit:

  • You want to minimise changeover times and increase production efficiency.

For machine vision novices and experts

Triniti support for machine vision novices

Thanks to Triniti camera and lighting can be operated on the same user interface. For example, you will be immediately informed of asynchronous camera and lighting trigger runs. In this case, your recordings might get too dark and won’t qualify for evaluation. But with camera and lighting on the same graphical user interface this problem is resolved.

LED lighting intensity degrades over time leading to less brightness output. This might have negative impact on your application, distort the results and, in the worst case, lead to increased rejects if no readjustment is carried out. When using the Triniti technology, the camera measures the amount of light required and transfers the information to the lighting controller which automatically adjusts the lighting intensity, allowing you to eliminate intensity loss as possible source of error. Should you happen to manually adjust your lighting, you can immediately see the result in your recording.

Advanced lighting options such as overdriving may strongly improve the results, but on the other hand, they carry the risk of damages due to overstressing the lighting unit. Triniti features an embedded chip which stores all relevant data of the specific lighting including information on the corresponding overdriving level allowing you control of the save operation of your lighting without having to look-up relevant information in data sheets and manuals.

Triniti support for machine vision experts

Triniti allows for easy, comfortable and simultaneous control of all lighting units within a machine vision system. Each unit can be allocated a unique name ensuring you a clear overview over the most complex lighting installations. The graphical user interface provides quick and easy access to the individual lighting units.

The use of lighting controllers which can also be integrated into the Trinity set-up enables better fine tuning of lighting pulses than the mere adjustment of the camera’s exposure time which is often less flexible than the pulse setting by the illumination itself. This reduces motion blur, especially with moving objects, providing a better basis for your evaluation and thus more precise and reliable results.

Benefit from Triniti when configuring applications for your customers: the easy to use GUI allows your customers to adjust parameter settings by themselves which minimises your support expenses


Gardasoft Triniti Strobe Controller TR-RC

  • 1, 2 and 4 channel LED lighting controllers
  • Ethernet and push-button interfaces (dependent on model)
  • Compatible with Triniti intelligent lighting platform
  • GigE Vision compliant
  • Pulsing up to 20 A
  • Continuous output to 3.0 A
  • 30 W maximum output per channel
  • Pulse width up to 20 µs

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Model Lighting technique Lighting geometry Light colour Light distribution Beam angle
CCS LDR2-42SW2-TR dark field, frontlight ring light White direct not specified
CCS LDR2-50SW2-TR dark field, frontlight ring light direct
CCS LDR2-70RD2-TR dark field, frontlight ring light Red direct narrow
CCS LDR2-70SW2-TR dark field, frontlight ring light White direct not specified
Strobe controllers


Triniti controller for LED lights

  • One output channel
  • Configuration via Ethernet interface
  • Max. output current per channel: pulse current up ...


Triniti controller for LED lights

  • One output channel
  • Configuration via Ethernet interface
  • Max. output current per channel: pulse current up ...


Triniti lighting controller for LED lighting assembly

  • Two independent output channels
  • Configuration via Ethernet interface
  • Max. output current per channel ...


Triniti lighting controller for LED lighting assembly

  • Four independent output channels
  • Configuration via Ethernet interface
  • Max. output current per channel ...
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