National Instruments is previewing its Smart Camera technology, set for introduction later this year. The camera augments NI’s position in machine vision, simplifying setup for the growing number of engineers who are implementing vision for the first time or two.
Smart Camera incorporates more control functions, helping reduce the amount of space needed to squeeze cameras into the tight spaces of production equipment. The unit, including lens, control circuitry and fairly extensive software, is about the size of a professional quality digital camera. NI currently offers a Compact Vision System and PXI frame grabbers.
More and more robots are becoming more autonomous all the time. Now Lockheed Martin has completed a demo mission with two completely autonomous robotic vehicles performing resupply, reconnaissance, surveillance, and target acquisition.
Producing high-quality end-production metal parts with additive manufacturing for applications like aerospace and medical requires very tightly controlled processes and materials. New standards and guidelines for machines and processes, materials, and printed parts are underway from bodies such as ASTM International.
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