Zebra Technologies Corp. announced last week that it will be showcasing its products at Vision 2022 from Oct. 4 to 6 in Stuttgart, Germany, and at The Vision Show from Oct. 11 to 13 in Boston.
At both events, LincoInshire, Ill.-based Zebra said it will demonstrate how its machine vision and fixed industrial scanning systems are helping customers reduce errors and boost productivity across operations.
Attendees of the Boston event can see Zebra’s Jim Witherspoon on Oct. 12 at 1:30 p.m. EST in a session covering how barcode reading and deep learning applications coexist and add mutual value.
Earlier this year, Zebra acquired Matrox Imaging, further expanding the company's machine vision offerings by adding interoperable software, hardware-agnostic smart cameras, vision controllers, input/output (I/O) cards, and frame grabbers.
These technologies are used to inspect, assess, and record data from industrial vision systems used in factory automation, electronics, healthcare, semiconductors, and more.
Zebra also owns Fetch Robotics, which makes mobile robots and software for warehouses.
Matrox shows latest technologies at vision shows
At the events, Matrox Imaging will introduce the Matrox GevIQ—a 10+ GbE smart network interface card (NIC) specifically for GigE Vision acquisition—along with Matrox Design Assistant X 22H2 software and the Matrox 4Sight EV7 industrial computer.
“Businesses are increasingly focused on deploying automated solutions to augment their front-line workers so they can focus on more complex, higher-value workflows, and machine vision and fixed industrial scanning solutions bring this transformation to life,” said Donato Montanari, vice president and general manager of machine vision at Zebra Technologies.
“We’re excited to join those attending the upcoming Vision events to demonstrate how our Zebra and Matrox Imaging solutions can reduce complexity and cost for businesses on their automation journey,” he added.
The Matrox GevIQ handles up to 25 GbE offload without any packet loss, so it is ideal for high-performance vision applications, according to Zebra. The boards support flexible cabling options, forming a more versatile and widely compatible alternative to proprietary solutions, it claimed.
Matrox said its GevIQ boards handle generic GigE Vision acquisition offload at speeds of up to 25 Gigabits per port. The Matrox GevIQ enables typical machine vision operations to run up to 2.5 times faster than other NICs.
“Machine vision cameras outputting at 10 and 25 Gbps are gaining market traction as demand for high-throughput applications grows,” said Mitchell Dumont, product manager at Matrox Imaging. “The Matrox GevIQ can handle up to dual 25 GigE Vision offload without any image data loss and with very little CPU usage. This is ideal for vision applications requiring the best imaging speed and resolution and is a huge boon for the machine vision industry.”
The Matrox GevIQ add-in board uses Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) X software running initially on 64-bit Windows and eventually Linux. The software also provides users access to two integrated utilities: one for camera configuration and testing, and the other to monitor and log acquisition activity and detect performance bottlenecks.
The generic offload board can aggregate multiple 1, 2.5, 5, 10, and/or 25 GbE cameras, for up to 32 input sources, bandwidth permitting, said Matrox. The boards use standard SFP28 connectors, meaning users can choose a preferred connector type—RJ45, DAC or fiber-optic Ethernet—for their specific vision requirements.
“The Matrox GevIQ provides a versatile, more widely compatible alternative than other 10+ GigE Vision acquisition solutions,” said the company.
Matrox Design Assistant X designed for Windows
Matrox Design Assistant X is an integrated development environment (IDE) for Microsoft Windows, where vision applications are created by constructing an intuitive flowchart instead of writing traditional program code.
The latest version of the software, the Matrox Design Assistant X 22H2 offers users a simplified workflow for training deep neural networks along with a new inference engine that will enable higher performance and broader hardware support and allow users to visualize 3D data in the operator view.
The Matrox 4Sight EV7, the latest version of the Matrox 4Sight series of industrial computers, has the processing power necessary to handle both traditional machine vision workloads and those using deep learning to classify or segment images for inspection.
The Matrox Sight EV7 is compatible with the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) X and Matrox Design Assistant X software platforms. This gives users access to the full suite of software tools for analyzing, locating, classifying, measuring, reading, verifying, and I/O operations, said the company.