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DALSA Boa Pro: Advanced New Smart Camera For Industrial Inspection Applications

25 Oct 2011

STEMMER IMAGING can now offer the DALSA Boa Pro smart camera from Teledyne DALSA. This new camera combines the robustness of the DALSA Boa hardware with the flexibility of the DALSA Sherlock inspection software to provide an extraordinarily versatile industrial vision solution for a host of applications.

Key to the DALSA Boa Pro performance is the versatility of the DALSA Sherlock software, which offers machine vision system professionals extensive tools and capabilities for design, development, debugging, and user administration. DALSA Sherlock's extensive library of instructions, preprocessors and advanced algorithms can be combined in a variety of ways to solve simple or very demanding tasks. Maximum design flexibility is provided to allow users to customize algorithms, construct scripts and develop operator interfaces that best suit their factory environment.

DALSA Sherlock: Code reading, verification and OCR

DALSA Sherlock’s rich range of capabilities include an extensive set of preprocessors that can be applied to a variable shape user-defined region of interest prior to analysis. A comprehensive range of measurement and analysis tools is complemented by advanced pattern recognition tools for object alignment and robot guidance, together with calibration correction facilities to convert pixels into real world co-ordinates. Other facilities include 1D and 2D code reading and verification and optical character recognition.

All of this and more is underpinned by a versatile JavaScript based scripting tool, complete with drag-and-drop instruction editing, for the development of custom formulas or inline and background operations, as well as the ability to add custom algorithms into the development environment.

DALSA Boa Pro: Robust camera for the most demanding environments

With a choice of sensor resolutions from VGA to 1600 x 1200 pixels, an ultra small form factor of (44 x 44 x 44) mm³ and an industrial IP67-rated housing, the DALSA Boa hardware platform is a compact, robust camera that can be mounted in the most demanding industrial environments. Ethernet and RS232 connectivity, discrete and expandable I/O and vision lighting control ensure simple factory integration.

The embedded software for the camera is setup via a local PC connection to DALSA Boa Pro using Ethernet for complete development flexibility. Once configured for runtime, the Ethernet link can be disconnected or used to communicate with other devices on the factory floor, such as PLCs, Robots and HMIs.

Teledyne DALSA

Waterloo, Canada

The Canadian company Teledyne DALSA Inc., a subsidiary of the US-based Teledyne Technologies Inc., offers an enormous range of machine vision components for digital image processing. In addition to its line-scan camera products, DALSA´s range includes high-end technologies such as TDI (Time Delay Integration) line-scan cameras, colour line-scan cameras, multi-tap cameras, high-speed cameras, area scan and high-resolution cameras. Their product range also covers PCI frame grabbers, embedded processing systems and software tools, in addition to the IPD range of compact systems that are ideally suited to a wide variety of different tasks in the fields of industrial quality assurance, completeness inspection and fault monitoring.