National Instruments (NI) has introduced the NI 177x smart camera range.
The new range features seven models with colour and high-resolution options, in addition to sensor options including VGA, 1.3MP and 2MP in colour and 5MP in monochrome.
These seven cameras feature a 1.6GHz Intel Atom processor for increased processing power, as well as an IP67 rating to protect the hardware from the dust and water encountered in industrial inspection applications requiring high performance in a rugged package.
Claimed to deliver processing speeds four times faster than other NI smart cameras, the NI 177x also adds sensor options that equip them for applications requiring higher-resolution image acquisition, such as metrology and detection of small defects, as well as colour imaging, including LED validation for electronics.
The NI 177x smart camera's compatibility with industrial communication protocols enables users to dynamically control lighting or cameras, synchronise with a conveyor belt, drive mechanisms for sorting parts or integrate the smart cameras with programmable logic controllers.