Banner Engineering's next generation of their iVu touch screen vision
sensor family, the iVu Plus-adds Ethernet
connectivity and more advanced inspection capabilities to the iVu's platform.
Ethernet connectivity enables iVu Plus sensors to share inspection data directly
with PLCs, PCs or other factory devices, making communications and control easy
on the plant floor. The iVu Plus is also capable of storing up to 30
inspections, accommodating rapid product changeover, while a new Sort sensor
function facilitates sorting of as many as 10 patterns in a single inspection.
Inspection setup is simple with the iVu Plus: configuration is
accomplished through a menu-driven user interface designed for efficiency and
ease of use, with no PC required. The iVu Plus family includes integrated touch
screen TG and BCR (Bar Code Reader) models, as well
as remote versions of both.
Integrated iVu Plus sensors allow users to quickly setup and modify an
inspection on-site, while remote versions pair a remote touch screen display
with one or more separate sensors-facilitating inspection setup and monitoring
for difficult-to-access areas.
Equipped with three discrete communication channels over Ethernet or
serial interfaces and a faster processor, both the iVu Plus TG and iVu Plus BCR
models can export data, such as inspection and image results, to HMIs and PCs
at a much greater speed. Sensors feature a Command channel and Data Export
channels to support remote control and results, as well as an Image Export channel
to export image data. A 2.7 inch (68.5 mm) LCD color built-in display comes
standard on integrated models, while the remote versions feature a 3.5 inch
(88.9 mm) display.
The iVu Plus TG can be configured to operate as one of four different
sensor types. These types include Area, which verifies the presence of a
feature or features of interest; Blemish, which identifies flaws on a part,
such as scratches on a disc; Match, which verifies that a pattern, shape or
part in any orientation matches a reference pattern; and Sort, the newest
sensor type, which recognizes and sorts different patterns of parts, such as
nuts, bolts, and washers. The Sort function allows users to train the sensor to
distinguish among as many as 10 patterns. Combined with Ethernet connectivity,
the new iVu Plus TG vision sensor allows for the quick introduction of new
patterns and rapid product changeover.
The iVu Plus BCR reads and optionally validates data within DataMatrix
(ECC200 barcodes) and several linear barcodes, such as Code 128, CODABAR and
Pharmacode. With the support of Ethernet connectivity, the iVu Plus BCR sensor
also has the ability to remotely update the data used for validation from
anywhere on the Ethernet network.
Each iVu Plus model is housed in an IEC IP67-rated housing, making the
sensors rugged and versatile to suit a broad range of application environments.
Camera acquire up to 100 frames per sec, and each sensor includes an integrated
ring light available in red, green, blue, white or infrared. With USB 2.0
output, users can simply save and load configuration data to expedite
inspection setup. The sensor emulator allows users to modify an inspection
offline, reducing costly downtime.
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