Vision systems, automation controls get point-and-click connectivity
Cognex introduces Cognex Connect, a simple configuration interface for controlling multiple vision systems from any network PC.
The software enables quick connectivity between all Cognex In-Sight model vision systems and virtually any major PLC, robot, HMI or Fieldbus system commonly used in factory automation, according to the company. Pre-configured drivers, ready-to-use templates, and sample code accelerate system set-up and ensure smooth communication with factory automation robots and controllers. Cognex Connect also provides visualization options for integrating inspection images from In-Sight into a central operator interface.
Support for the following controls and communications are built in:
PLCs—Supports open standard industrial Ethernet communications protocols such as MC Protocol, EtherNet/IP and Profinet for connection to a wide range of PLCs, including those from Mitsubishi, Rockwell Automation, and Siemens.
PCs or HMIs--Supports OPC server, Active X display controls, and standard TCP/IP Ethernet protocols.
Robots—Includes pre-configured drivers, ready-to-use templates, and sample code for robots by ABB, Denso, Fanuc, Kawasaki, Kuka, Motoman and Staubli. Communication with robots by Mitsubishi, Adept, Epson and many other manufacturers is also supported.
Fieldbus—Supports all established standards including CCLink, DeviceNet, and Profibus.