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Intelligent lighting for the 21st century | Part 3

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Intelligent lighting - Part 3

We’re at the highest level of intelligence in the third part of this series with controllers that are industry 4.0 ready, with TRINITI™.

To help explain the benefits of this technology, we’ve divided it into 3 parts:

INTEGRATION - LIVE DATA - CONTROL

The TRINITI™ chip stores the make, model and serial number of the light as well as a weblink to its documentation

SDK kits mean that you can tap straight into it to create your own solution

Each light can have it’s own name, so it’s easy to understand what’s where

Standard M12 connectors ease connecting everything up. Whilst the GeniCam / GigE compliancy mean its immediately accessible in your chosen vision platform

The vision utility provides key information in a single diagram for easy set up. You can even control the lights from within your image processing software

Settings are seamlessly migrated across to new lights and user interfaces

Predictive warnings can be set so that users can prepare for replacements, with minimal disruption

Real time image feedback (within the same interface) as settings are changed

Using the brightness of the camera image, it is possible to create a software feedback loop to adjust for long term variations in lighting brightness

The total amount of time that the light has been operational

Users are protected when making any adjustments to settings with warnings of any adverse effects

Dynamic lighting information can be stored and quickly recalled (eg - unique settings for different products)

Any setting changes made to the light are logged

The time that the LEDs are actually “on” and what temperature they’re operating at

Each light can have a unique name (to assist with data logging)

MAXIMUM & SAFE OVERDRIVING / STROBING

LEDs are current (not voltage) driven. The controller automatically knows what the light’s maximum current is because the overdrive profile is stored in the light. It also knows the temperatures of the lights so it can turn them off if they’re too hot.

MONITORED LIGHT OUTPUT

As we mentioned in the previous part of this series, the software can check the intensity of the image and provide feedback to the controller for any adjustments

DYNAMIC DATA

Light data can be associated to databases so that each time a light setting is made for a product variant, it is stored in the associated database. The parameters are then automatically retrieved when the variant is detected in the process

Gardasoft Lighting Controllers

Gardasoft are established leaders in the design, manufacture and application of high performance LED control for machine vision applications. Their range of lighting controllers offer all of the features we've just explained.

Intelligent Lighting Parts 1 & 2

If you missed the first two parts of this series - here's a link to the first one which covers the basics of lighting control, and the second which introduces dynamic control of illumination.

Ask the expert!

Hi, I'm Nigel Doe, one of the specialists at STEMMER IMAGING.

Get in touch if you've got any questions on intelligent lighting and we'll try our best to help you out.

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