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.
Days after a massive, distributed denial-of-service attack took down dozens of major websites around the country, ARM Holdings plc is rolling out a pair of new processor architectures aimed at shoring up IoT security.
Dow Chemical and several other companies have launched a program in Omaha, Neb. to divert about 36 tons of plastics from landfills in its first phase, and convert it into energy used for cement production.
Both traditional automation companies and startups are developing technologies to improve processes on the factory floor, while smart sensors and other IoT-related technologies are improving how products are handled during transport and across the supply chain.
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