The PIATI_XPL is able to decipher codes in virtually all practical situations, including: when companies are unwilling or unable to mark their codes in accordance with the established standards; when the codes are imaged using poor lighting, low contrast, or optical setups that produce undesirable effects; when codes are marked on textured or treated surfaces; when codes reside in scenes that contain potentially confusing structures; and when codes exhibit significant degrees of degradation or feature data cells as small as 2.5 pixels in width/diameter.
The PIATI_XPL can also be used to read codes on the sides of cylindrical items and in varying locations on articles of appreciable length, as well as codes marked on reflective or shiny surfaces, such as glass, metal, ceramic, silicon and glossy plastic . Other typical PIATI_XPL applications include the automatic decoding of Data Matri c es that have been machine-marked (laserscribed, dotpeened/pinstamped, inkjet printed, electrochemically etched, etc.) on wafers/PCBs/substrates, glass lenses/molds and containers, electronic components and carriers, medical/dental devices and instruments, automotive or aerospace components, direct mail pieces and packaged goods. The PIATI_XPL can be used to identify, match, sort, track, or verify these products as they move through various manufacturing or material handling processes.
The PIATI_XPL’s internal triggering capabilities, parallel image acquisition and processing and use of Direct Pixel Access to acquire and analyze the minimum number of pixels required to decipher codes enable it to achieve decode rates of up to 125/second on items moving at 12 meters/second.
To simplify and accelerate the decoding solution development and implementation process, the PIATI_XPL includes an Application Development Suite (ADS) that consists of a Job Configuration Wizard, an Emulator and a Job Manager. Controlled via a powerful Graphical User Interface (GUI), the ADS enables users with no machine vision experience to interactively create, test, optimize, run and deploy applications in minutes, without doing any programming.
Components of the PIATI_XPL include a CMOS image sensor with 1024 x 1024 randomly addressable pixels , an embedded Digital Signal Processor, SRAM, flash memory, RS-232 and RS-485 serial interfaces, 8 digital I /O lines (4 of each), and an SVGA (800 x 600) video output, housed in a 164mm (L) x 60mm (W) x 40mm (H) black anodized aluminum industrial enclosure that features M4 size threaded holes which support mounting hardware and the system’s standard red LED (660nm) on-axis, adjustable off-axis and dark field/low-angle lights. Blue and Infrared (IR) LED lighting units are available as options. Compatible with standard C-mount lenses, compact 9mm, 16mm, 25mm and 35mm FUJINON lenses with adjustable irises and focus rings are offered for purchase along with the PIATI_XPL .
The PIATI_XPL is the premium offering from the PIATI ( P lace It And Trace It Ô ) suite of Data Matrix decoding software and systems that is available from The Value Engineering Alliance. The product suite includes fully integrated general-purpose products, application/industry-specific appliances and robust Data Matrix decoding software that is supplied in a library function format. This format facilitates the integration of code reading into automation solutions or vision application development and implementation environments that include other application-specific software such as OCR, OCV, test, precision registration/alignment, or inspection modules. The library also enables organizations and individuals who are so inclined to roll their own code readers.
About The Value Engineering Alliance
Established in July of 1987, THE VALUE ENGINEERING ALLIANCE specializes in the conceptualization, development, marketing, selling, and implementation of machine vision solutions that lower the overall costs of laboratory and industrial manufacturing operations (analysis, assembly, inspection, test, control, identification, etc.) while achieving equivalent or enhanced levels of system/process performance and reliability.
Renowned as the supplier of application-specific vision software libraries used by several of the vision industry’s premier players to enhance their existing offerings or expand into new application arenas, The VEA has been equally successful as a supplier of vision software and systems used in numerous industries by OEMs, system developers/integrators and automation engineers inside end user organizations. Based in Cambridge , Massachusetts (USA), the VEA operates worldwide via its extensive network of allied organizations and individuals. For additional information about the VEA’s activities and areas of expertise, visit www.The-V-E-A.com .