Vision system for multi-camera applications
The GEVA-300 by Teledyne Dalsa is a vision system for multi-camera applications that use an expandable platform for a multitude of industrial inspection tasks and it is compatible with the company's Genie cameras.
The GEVA-300 system offers excellent cost savings for multi-camera vision applications, such as final inspection of large assemblies. The six high bandwidth Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) ports are compatible with a wide range of GigE cameras, which can be mixed to suit the application need, and the fanless design of the GEVA-300 means it is rugged and reliable enough for harsh factory applications. Camera expansion is easily accommodated using commercially available network technologies, allowing large configurations to be realized with much lower system cost. The GEVA-300 is based on the Intel dual-core ATOM architecture that offers low power consumption and solid performance for a wide range of machine vision applications.
The GEVA-300 provides a number of external interfaces for system integration. In addition to the six Gigabit Ethernet ports (four of which are typically used for connecting cameras), it includes dedicated display and USB ports for setup and run-time control, and a serial port for factory communication. Camera triggering, strobe outputs and opto-isolated I/O are interfaced using the companion PL-USB module. Vision solutions on the GEVA-300 are setup using Teledyne Dalsa's iNspect or Sherlock application software. Both software packages offer a wide selection of tools and capabilities for applications requiring positioning, identification, verification, measurement, and flaw detection.
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