Companies join for high-precision product monitoring
Cognex and B&R have joined to use Powerlink in the In-Sight line of products, incorporating "visualization, control and drive technology...in production line operation."
Cognex and B+R have entered a technological cooperation. Their strategic goal is the use of Powerlink in the In-Sight line of products from Cognex. "The result of this cooperation is a complete solution that incorporates visualization, control and drive technology for high-speed and high-precision product monitoring in production line operation. The Cognex In-Sight product line is optimally integrated in the B+R System via Powerlink," states Hans Wimmer, B+R Managing Director.
Cost-efficient and modular
Machine manufacturers will reportedly benefit not only from synchronization of Cognex In-Sight products and the B+R control system, they will also benefit from easy integration of a wide range of machine designs. The new vision solution is also highly compatible with all Powerlink-based B+R product lines.
The Cognex image processing systems for checking, identifying and feeding parts feature quick start-up times and a significantly reduced amount of wiring. This means considerable savings potential for the machine manufacturer and end-user. Extensive diagnostic options facilitate smooth operation of the high-resolution application in large-scale production facilities.
B+R Industrial Automation Inc.
- Edited by Amanda McLeman, Control Engineering, www.controleng.com
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