In a move aimed to simplify setup of complex systems, Sony Electronics and National Instruments teamed up to link the Sony XCI-SX1 Smart Camera and NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI) software, letting engineers configure, benchmark and deploy complete machine vision applications without any programming.
“Using a combination of tools from Sony and National Instruments gives engineers a better solution for identifying objects, inspecting packaging and verifying assembly,” said Ken LaMarca, general manager for visual imaging products at Sony.
The Sony XCI-SX1 Smart Camera integrates what used to require a PC, image acquisition board and charge-coupled device (CCD) into its camera. Teamed with NI Vision Builder AI software, it gives system integrators and end users the ability to create high-performance systems that address specific needs across a broad spectrum of industries and applications. The camera uses Sony’s 1/2-inch SXGA Progressive Scan B&W CCD, and operates at 15 fps at SXGA resolution and 34 fps at VGA.
A bold, gold, open-air coupe may not be the ticket to automotive nirvana for every consumer, but Lexus’ LF-C2 concept car certainly turned heads at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show. What’s more, it may provide a glimpse of the luxury automaker’s future.
The complexity of diesel engines means optimizing their performance requires a large amount of experimentation. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) is a very useful and intuitive tool in this, and cold flow analysis using CFD is an ideal approach to study the flow characteristics without going into the details of chemical reactions occurring during the combustion.
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