Smart Line Scan Camera

Vision Cam LM

  • Vision Cam LM is a complete smart embedded line scan vision system – the only system worldwide that combines line scan technology and smart machine vision within one product
  • Freely programmable with a selection of suitable line scan sensors
  • Operating system Linux Debian 10
  • Great computing power in a compact format

The Vision Cam LM is the line scan version of the Vision Cam XM area scan vision system. This smart line scan solution for computer vision is a worldwide unique system that combines line scan technology and smart machine vision within one product. Thanks to the wide range of supported sensors with resolutions from 2k to 8k pixels as well as the free programmability, the smart camera Vision Cam LM is the perfect choice for image processing tasks that are best solved by using line scan camera systems. Users benefit from high performance based on ARM processors in a very compact housing, and from the Vision Cam LM´s high flexibility in a wide variety of application areas like e.g. production, pharma, packaging, food or printing. The system convinces by using pre-developed applications that reduce development time and thus lead to increased effectiveness.

Great performance in a compact format

In many machines space is limited for the integration of image processing systems. IMAGO Technologies´ smart embedded line scan vision system Vision Cam LM provides a solution for this problem, which is very compact with dimensions of only 113 x 50 mm and a depth of 32,5 mm plus the length of the lens tube. All the necessary components for the implementation of powerful image processing systems are integrated in this compact format.

High flexibility

The industrial camera Vision Cam LM gives users the freedom of choice to adapt the system to their requirements by selecting monochrome or color line scan sensors with resolutions from 2k to 8k with 1 to 4 lines. If application parameters change over time, for example due to increased process speeds or increasing accuracy requirements, it is quick and easy to switch to a Vision Cam LM model with higher resolution or more computing power. The flexibility of the ARM-based camera Vision Cam LM is also evident in the choice of the Linux Debian 10 operating system and the connection option to suitable M42 lenses that are very common in line scan vision systems, or to use C-mount lenses in combination with suitable adapters.

Due to the options in the selection of sensors, computing power, lenses and the flexible operating system, image processing camera Vision Cam LM is suitable for use in almost all applications that can be solved based on one single line scan camera. This embedded system covers numerous applications in a wide variety of fields of application.

The Vision Cam LM is foreseen for series products with a Minimum Order Quantity in the range of 25 systems per year and a long-term availability of the configuration.

Real-Time Communication Controller

For the perfect control of all components, the machine vision camera Vision Cam LM uses an integrated Real-Time Communication Controller (RTCC). The latter, among other things, enables exact synchronization of conveyor belt speeds with the image processing system´s acquisition speed, the lighting control, and other components of the vision system, by connecting to the machine´s integrated encoder. The RTCC is an integral part of the Vision Cam LM and enables simple, reliable communication between the camera and the higher-level system.

Easy program development with ViewIT

In addition to the available selection of sensors and computing power, the intelligent camera Vision Cam LM also gives users full freedom regarding programming. By using the ViewIT software platform, the user has three basic options for creating his program. Image processing beginners can use the functionality supplied in ViewIT and adapt them to their own tasks with little effort. The integrated examples cover common subtasks such as pattern recognition, edge detection and other, enabling rapid progress in development.

Experienced users of development environments and image processing libraries such as Python, C ++ based tools or Halcon can easily integrate them into ViewIT as plugins. For the few applications where the range of functions of ViewIT is not sufficient, it is also possible to develop own applications in your preferred programming language using the IMAGO SDK.

The particular strength of ViewIT is that this framework automatically takes over all basic image processing functions such as image acquisition, I/O handling, the GUI and many other tasks, so that developers can fully concentrate on solving the actual imaging task. Developing line scan applications is no easy task – using ViewIT helps to overcome this hurdle.

Due to its high flexibility and performance range, the smart camera Vision Cam LM is the perfect choice for any application that can be solved by using a single line scan camera. The possible use cases and industries for this smart embedded vision system are extremely diverse, so the following examples only show a small selection of the real options.

Pharma

In the pharmaceutical industry, the safe traceability of drugs is an essential prerequisite for minimizing the risks for patients. Reliable track & trace processes such as reading codes on drug packaging and counting objects when filling drugs are therefore indispensable tasks for image processing in this industry and can be implemented economically with the Vision Cam LM.

Further sample applications

Food & Beverage

Food and beverages must be constantly checked for various characteristics during production. The food must be free from foreign objects, the packaging has to meet all of the specified criteria, and of course the product´s appearance needs to be as specified. The image processing camera Vision Cam LM is the perfect solution for machine builders developing machines for food and beverage manufacturers to guarantee that their products are produced and delivered exactly as defined.

Further sample applications

Production

Line scan vision systems are perfectly suited to check continuous materials for errors. These “endless” materials can for example be found as metal sheets in rolling mills, as wallpapers, as interior upholstery for motor vehicles made from leather and in many other forms of appearance. The variety of materials, shapes, sizes, colors, and features in production is extremely diverse. For that reason, machine vision systems are increasingly used to make sure each product meets all defined requirements. The Vision Cam LM offers an excellent and flexible basis for implementing machine vision systems that are predestined for the use of line scan technology.

Further sample applications

Packaging & Logistics

Line scan based code readers are a common technology in the packaging and logistics industry. As the size of the objects to be inspected can differ significantly from one object to the other, line scan systems often deliver the perfect solution for that industry. The smart camera Vision Cam LM enables reliable code reading on containers, boxes or cardboards and enables proper counting of products on conveyor belts. Whenever line scan technology offers an effective solution in the packaging & logistics industry, the Vision Cam LM should be considered.

Further sample applications

Printing

In the printing industry, the basic, unprinted paper is often supplied on rolls with very long strips of paper that are printed first and only cut to the desired length at the end of the process. In addition, many printing machines run at extremely high speeds. Powerful line scan camera systems as the Vision Cam LM help producing the required print quality by reliably checking corner marks, colors, and other features of the print products.

Further sample applications

The Vision Cam LM was developed as a smart embedded vision system primarily for mechanical engineering companies as well as for manufacturers of inspection or production machines of all kinds who require flexible and powerful machine vision systems based on line scan cameras. The range of available sensors, the free programmability, the simple program development via the ViewIT software framework and the attractive price-performance ratio make the Vision Cam LM the perfect choice in numerous applications and industries.

The smart camera Vision Cam LM is foreseen for product developers who want to sell a series product over many years without changing the configuration. Experience with machine vision systems is a pre-condition for your success.

 

Contact the experts at IMAGO Technologies and discuss your individual requirements!

Oliver Barz IMAGO Sales ManagerOliver Barz
Sales Manager

Telephone: +49 6031-684 26 11
sales@imago-technologies.com

Christoph Siemon
Sales Manager

Telephone: +49 6031-684 26 13
sales@imago-technologies.com