Caught on camera
The new FHV7 series smart camera comes from Omron Automation Americas
The new FHV7 series smart camera from Omron Automation Americas features an all-new multicolor light and a high-resolution image sensor for advanced vision inspections on high-mix production lines. Designed to address the inspection needs of manufacturers running different products in different colors, shapes and sizes on a single production line, the FHV7 series smart camera’s multicolor light and an auto-focus lens enables it to respond flexibly to any changes in the color and size of objects to be inspected. This eliminates the need for multiple cameras or manual lens adjustments, while ensuring compatibility with wide-ranging inspection criteria on lines producing many different types of products in varying quantities.
According to Omron, the system’s high-speed image compression algorithm compresses data at double the typical speed—enabling for all image data to be saved while simultaneously inspecting a second image to facilitate complete traceability.
Some of the new smart camera’s other notable value-added features include:
- Autofocus lens that covers a focal distance between 59-mm and 2,000-mm, so that even when differently sized products are running on the line, the focal range can be easily changed by altering parameters rather than moving the camera;
- Modular structure that allows the user to freely combine the lens and lighting variants available for use with the camera;
- Dual-core CPU that provides the fastest image processing speed among smart cameras (four times faster than the previous generation), according to Omron.