In this article and video, Brad Vorrie, the automation
specialist at Ramco, shows us how easy it is to program the Banner VE Smart
Camera using the intuitive VE Vision Manager software. Let’s take a look.
All you need to get started is your laptop, the VE vision
manager software, which is a free download from Banner Engineering's website,
and the through net cable. Note, Gigabit Ethernet is a standard option for the VE
Camera, but be sure you order the Ethernet cable in addition to the camera. As
Lyndsey mentioned, the VE camera has the ability to make changes on the fly
which means no downtime to adjust or change the camera.
Let's take a look at how to get online and set up a basic
vision application. For this example we’re going to verify the correct assembly
of these concrete anchors. In the VE software, the first thing that needs to be
done is the exposure. We’re going to use the auto exposure feature to set the
exposure based off of optimal contrast. To do that, drop down imager auto
exposure and press start. Next thing, we need to locate the top of the head of
this anchor using the match tool. We’re going to set the region of interest and
the model around the top of the head drop down pattern and press teach, then use
as reference, and select the set reference point. The rest of the tools will be
adjusted based off of the position of the head of this anchor. To determine whether
the sleeve is on or not, we’re going to use a measure tool. This is going to
locate the first and last edge, then we’ll make a calculation based off the
outer diameter. To determine whether it is on or not we’re going to use edge strength
and adjust it. As you can see it's going to locate the first and last edge. We
can then use a calculation tool to determine the overall diameter.
Next step is we’re going to locate the nut. To make sure
that is on we’re going use the match tool to highlight the model finder around
the nut drop down pattern and press teach. Finally we need to make sure that
the washer is present. For this instance we’re going to use a blob tool, drag
down the box around the washer and set the overall blob size based off of the
Now to finalize my inspection we’re going to use a measurement
tool based off with the edge one tool. Use edge one and edge two to determine
the overall length of that sleeve. Now you set up all the test tools to
determine the pass or fail parameters of the inspection click test for each
tool. As you can see the overall diameter is two to four pixels shut distance,
and it gives us a window. For this example we’re going to use 190 up to right
around 210. Next a new sermon that there's a bluff minimum count of one this
determines yes there is a washer or not. Then set our mash tool to a minimum
count of one. This determine yes it has found a nut.
As you can see I have a running count of my past fails.
Let's see if this inspection is going to work here. The results of my inspection,
as you see, the first part I have all the required components in a past. This
piece has a missing sleeve and failed on the measurement tool. This piece has a
sleeve but it's missing the washer. As you can see the blob tool failed and
back to a past tool all the components are present in these passes. As you can
see setup and modification the new Banner VE camera is quite simple.