AutoVISION Software User Manual

AutoVISION Software User Manual
AutoVISION Software
User Manual
P/N 84-100000-02 Rev K
Copyright ©2015
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AutoVISION Software User Manual
Introduction
Table of Contents
Chapter 1
Quick Start
AutoVISION Overview ............................................................................. 1-2
Vision HAWK Hardware ........................................................................ 1-13
Vision HAWK C-Mount Hardware.......................................................... 1-16
Vision MINI Hardware............................................................................ 1-18
Vision MINI Xi Hardware ....................................................................... 1-22
Select a Device...................................................................................... 1-26
Adjust Camera Settings ......................................................................... 1-27
Edit the Job............................................................................................ 1-29
Run the Job ........................................................................................... 1-30
Save the Job.......................................................................................... 1-31
Additional Notes: CPU Idle States (C-States) ....................................... 1-32
Chapter 2
Connect
Launch the AutoVISION User Interface................................................... 2-2
Select Device........................................................................................... 2-3
Job Changeover ...................................................................................... 2-5
Chapter 3
Image
Image Overview....................................................................................... 3-2
Image Area .............................................................................................. 3-3
Image Control Tools ................................................................................ 3-4
Auto Calibration ....................................................................................... 3-6
Chapter 4
Edit
Edit Overview .......................................................................................... 4-2
Tools Overview ........................................................................................ 4-6
Camera .................................................................................................. 4-15
Locate Tool ............................................................................................ 4-22
Decode Tool .......................................................................................... 4-25
OCR Tool............................................................................................... 4-33
Count Tool ............................................................................................. 4-50
Presence/Absence Tool ........................................................................ 4-57
Measure Tool......................................................................................... 4-60
Match Strings Tool................................................................................. 4-73
String Format Tool ................................................................................. 4-76
Logic Tool .............................................................................................. 4-79
OCV Tool ............................................................................................... 4-83
Symbol Quality Verification Tool............................................................ 4-87
Inspection Outputs............................................................................... 4-118
Microscan Link..................................................................................... 4-125
Data Navigator..................................................................................... 4-130
Terminal............................................................................................... 4-134
Serial Commands ................................................................................ 4-137
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Chapter 5
Run
Run Overview .......................................................................................... 5-2
Image Display Options ............................................................................ 5-3
Image Saving Options ............................................................................. 5-4
Inspection Statistics................................................................................. 5-5
Chapter 6
Firmware and License Upgrades
Updating Firmware .................................................................................. 6-2
Camera License Upgrade ....................................................................... 6-6
Chapter 7
Example Job – Gasket Inspection
Start Gasket Job...................................................................................... 7-2
Add Measure Tool ................................................................................... 7-3
Add Three Presence/Absence Tools....................................................... 7-4
Report Gasket Inspection Status and Gasket Height .............................. 7-5
Run the Gasket Job................................................................................. 7-6
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Introduction
About AutoVISION Software
Microscan’s AutoVISION is the easiest-to-use machine vision software available for vision
applications of basic to moderate complexity. Process and manufacturing engineers no
longer need to become experts in machine vision to successfully deploy a system that
meets their traceability, inspection, and quality control needs.
Intuitive User Interface
AutoVISION features an intuitive user interface that guides users through the steps of
connecting to a device, programming a job, and monitoring results. At startup, AutoVISION
automatically detects all compatible devices and allows the user immediately to begin
configuration. AutoVISION can also be used in an Emulator mode with stored images
from a PC. As a device is being configured or while a user is programming a job, AutoVISION
provides real-time feedback and results. Because the runtime interface is built into AutoVISION’s
user interface, at any point in the process a user can try out a job and determine if the
device is configured to meet the application's needs.
Complete Tool Set
AutoVISION’s capabilities start with a Locate Tool that is based on pattern matching. The
Locate Tool can be used to orient other inspection tools or to detect the absence or presence
of complex objects. AutoVISION also includes Microscan’s powerful X-Mode decode
algorithm for 1D and 2D symbol reading along with fixed font and fully teachable OCR
for track and trace applications. For inspection and control applications, AutoVISION
includes simple yet powerful Count, Presence/Absence, Measure, Match Strings,
String Format, Logic, OCV, and Symbol Quality Verification tools.
Scalable with Visionscape
For applications demanding more flexibility or configuration options, AutoVISION allows
users to upgrade to full Visionscape functionality while continuing to work with the same
camera hardware. AutoVISION jobs (.avp) can be opened with Visionscape, which
enables scripting and other advanced programming capabilities. Visionscape can be
deployed on both smart camera and PC-based systems.
After AutoVISION is installed, all Visionscape user documentation is located on your local
drive in this folder:
\Microscan\Vscape\Documentation
Note: You must have Administrator privileges to install and run AutoVISION and Visionscape.
Note: You may see the Windows Security dialog shown below during AutoVISION/Visionscape
installation. Click Install this driver software anyway to continue installation.
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System Requirements
System Requirements
Minimum PC Requirements
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Intel® Core™ 2 Duo Processor
Internet Explorer 7 or higher
2GB RAM/128MB Video RAM (Windows 7); 1GB/128MB Video RAM (Windows XP)
750MB hard drive space
16-bit color display
3.0 Windows Experience Index
1 USB port and 1 Network port
Recommended PC Requirements
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Intel® Core™ i3 Duo Processor
Internet Explorer 7 or higher
2GB RAM/128MB Video RAM (Windows 7); 1GB/128MB Video RAM (Windows XP)
1GB hard drive space
32-bit color display
4.0 Windows Experience Index
1 USB port and 1 Network port
AutoVISION Software User Manual
1 Quick Start
Contents
AutoVISION Overview .................................................................................................................. 1-2
Vision HAWK Hardware.............................................................................................................. 1-13
Vision HAWK C-Mount Hardware ............................................................................................... 1-16
Vision MINI Hardware ................................................................................................................. 1-18
Vision MINI Xi Hardware............................................................................................................. 1-22
Select a Device ........................................................................................................................... 1-26
Adjust Camera Settings ............................................................................................................. 1-27
Edit the Job ................................................................................................................................. 1-29
Run the Job................................................................................................................................. 1-30
Save the Job ............................................................................................................................... 1-31
Additional Notes: CPU Idle States (C-States)............................................................................. 1-32
This section provides an overview of AutoVISION and describes how to set up a simple
vision job quickly so you can get a sense of the software’s capabilities.
Detailed setup information is available in subsequent sections.
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AutoVISION Overview
AutoVISION Overview
Navigator Bar
The Navigator Bar allows for quick switching between views.
There are four main views within AutoVISION:
• Connect: Select a device
• Image: Adjust image settings such as Focus, Gain, and Shutter
• Edit: Build an inspection using machine vision tools and adjust job settings
• Run: Monitor the status of a running job
File Menu
The file menu allows you to create a new job or open an existing job, open a recent job,
save a job (.avp), archive a job (.avz), open the AutoVISION Options dialog, or exit AutoVISION.
The New, Open, Save, and Save As options are also available on the toolbar as icons
that match the icons shown in the dropdown menu.
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New: Start a new job.
Open: Open a saved job.
Open Recent: Open a recent job.
Save: Save current job (.avp file).
Save As: Rename and save current job (.avp file).
Archive Job: Compress a job and its supporting files in an .avz archive (also saves the
job as an .avp file).
• Options: Open AutoVISION Options dialog.
• Language: Select the preferred language for the AutoVISION user interface (English,
German, Chinese).
• Exit: Exit current job or close AutoVISION.
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File Menu Toolbar
The available commands in the file menu toolbar include Create a New Job, Open an
Existing Job, Save Job to Disk, Save Job with a New Filename, and Save Job to
Flash. If the user selects the flash option, AutoVISION will ask if they want to download
the job to the camera before saving the job to flash.
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AutoVISION Overview
Help Menu
The Help dropdown menu allows you to see AutoVISION Help, the About AutoVISION
dialog, a Contacting Microscan dialog, and a Check for Updates dialog.
The help documentation can be opened from the Help dropdown menu, the F1 key, or the
help icon on the right side of the application:
The help file will be closed when the application is closed or when the user closes the help file.
About AutoVISION
The About AutoVISION dialog shows the name and version of the software, as well as the
part number and copyright information. Clicking More Info takes the user to an AutoVISION
support page on the Microscan website.
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Contacting Microscan
The Contact Information dialog shows the primary addresses of Microscan's global
headquarters. There is also a link to the Microscan website.
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AutoVISION Overview
Check for Updates
When you select Check for Updates from the Help dropdown, AutoVISION determines
whether or not you are running the most current version of the software. If your version of
AutoVISION is not current, the dialog below will appear.
If your version of AutoVISION is current, this dialog will be displayed:
If you check the Automatically check for updates box, AutoVISION will check for newer
versions of the software once a week. Every time you check for a newer version yourself,
AutoVISION's "check for updates" timer is reset.
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Status Message List
The Status Message List can be opened by clicking the Status Message List icon to the
left of the help icon in the upper right of the screen:
The Status Message List allows you to view a history of all status messages shown by
AutoVISION during the current session.
Status Bar
The status bar appears at the bottom of the main window and contains the following information:
• The currently selected device;
• Device IP address;
• The grayscale value under the cursor (when hovering over the image);
• The X,Y position of the cursor in pixel coordinates.
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AutoVISION Overview
AutoVISION Options
The AutoVISION Options dialog allows you to control AutoVISION's startup behavior and
security settings. On the Startup tab, you can set the software to Auto Connect to a
smart camera that you select from the dropdown menu, to Auto Load the most recent job,
and to go directly to Run mode at startup. You can also password protect the user interface
from the Security tab.
Startup
Auto Connect to Device: When this option
is selected, AutoVISION will connect to the
current device automatically the next time
the software is opened.
Auto Load Last Job: When this option is
selected, AutoVISION will automatically
load the most recent job the next time the
software is opened.
Go to Run Mode: When this option is
selected, AutoVISION will skip the Connect,
Image, and Edit steps and open in Run mode.
Security
Enable Password Protection: Password
protection is disabled by default. Selecting this
option imposes four separate AutoVISION
access levels: Operator, Supervisor, Engineer,
and Administrator. Passwords can only be
changed by an Administrator, and only an
Administrator can return to the Security tab.
Revert to Operator Mode
After...: When password
protection is enabled, you
can use this dropdown menu
to specify a period of inactivity
after which AutoVISION will
revert to Operator mode,
which limits access to the
Run view.
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User Access Levels
When password protection is enabled, AutoVISION provides four levels of access:
Operator:
An Operator can monitor the Run view of AutoVISION, but cannot access other screens
or change settings.
Supervisor:
A Supervisor can switch to Edit mode and adjust ROI (region of interest) positions, retrain
tools, change the selected device, save the current job, or load a different job. A Supervisor
cannot modify the parameters of the current job or add or remove tools.
Engineer:
An Engineer has full access to all settings and is only restricted from changing passwords.
Administrator:
An Administrator has full access to all settings, and can change the passwords for all
access levels.
Changing the Access Level
When password protection is enabled, AutoVISION will always start with the access level set
to Operator, which blocks access to the Connect, Image, and Edit views. You can change
the access level by clicking the icon shown below and entering as an Administrator.
Your current access level is always displayed in text below the icon. Click the icon to display
the following dialog:
This dialog provides a button for each of the four access levels. The highlighted button shows
the current access level. In the example above, the current access level is Administrator.
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AutoVISION Overview
To switch to any of the other three access levels, click the button of the desired access
level and you will be asked for the that access level’s password. To switch to Engineer, for
example, click the Engineer… button. You will then see the password field:
Enter the password and click OK. If the password is correct, the access level is changed. If the
password is incorrect, an error message is displayed and the access level remains unchanged.
The default passwords for the four access levels are:
• Operator: No password required.
• Supervisor: supervisor
• Engineer: engineer
• Administrator: administrator
Once you have entered the password for a particular level, you don’t need to enter a password
to reduce your access level. For example, if you currently have Administrator access, you
can click on the Engineer or Supervisor buttons and your access level will be reduced
instantly. You only need to enter a password when you are increasing your access level.
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Changing Passwords
You must be an Administrator to change the password of any access level. If you change
your access level to Administrator, the Change Password… button at the bottom of the
Select Your Security Access Level dialog will be enabled:
Clicking Change Password… brings up the Change Access Level Passwords dialog:
Click the button that corresponds to the access level whose password you wish to modify,
and the Change the Password dialog will appear:
Click the Reset All to Default button on the Change Access Level Passwords dialog to
return all passwords to default.
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AutoVISION Overview
Minimum Access Levels
AutoVISION defines the minimum access level for the various regions of the user interface
and for several features of the software. The following tables show the securable areas of
AutoVISION and the minimum access level required for each.
Edit View
Image View
Connect View (Device Selection View)
Application-Wide Options
If You Forget the Administrator Password
If are the Administrator but have forgotten the password, you can reset it to default by
deleting the UserSettings.xml file in this folder:
C:\Users\[your user name]\AppData\Roaming\Microscan\AutoVISION
Note: The AppData folder in Windows is hidden by default. To make the AppData folder visible,
click Tools in the Windows Explorer toolbar and select Folder options... from the dropdown
menu. In the Folder Options dialog, click the View tab. Under Files and Folders > Hidden files
and folders, select Show hidden files, folders, and drives and then click the Apply and OK
buttons. The AppData folder will now be visible in C:\Users\[your user name].
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Vision HAWK Hardware
There are six basic steps required to set up a Vision HAWK Smart Camera:
1. Configure hardware. Set up the camera, cabling, power supply, and I/O.
2. Select a device and create a new job. Use the Connect view to select a device
and create a new job or load an existing job.
3. Adjust camera settings. Use the Connect and Image views to adjust parameters
specific to the connected smart camera.
4. Edit the job. Add and configure AutoVISION tools that are useful for your application.
Use Inspection Outputs parameters to configure job outputs.
5. Run the job. Jobs are downloaded to the camera when entering the Run view, but
are not saved yet.
6. Save the job. Stop the job and click the Save icon to save the current job on the
camera, but don’t forget to start the job again.
The following sections discuss these steps in greater detail.
The Vision HAWK is designed for industrial applications. It features a rugged enclosure
and a focal distance up to 800 mm and beyond. It is capable of high line speeds and
can run multiple AutoVISION tools simultaneously.
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Package: Rugged, industrial
Power Input: High-immunity 5-28V
I/O: 1-28V optoisolated
Optics: 20 mm to 800+ mm working distance; 12, 15, 30, 45 degree interchangeable
lenses; liquid lens autofocus
Machine Vision Capabilities: Can run multiple AutoVISION tools at high speed
Motion Capabilities: Indexed, static to high speed
Sensor: WVGA CMOS monochrome, SXGA CCD monochrome, SXGA CCD color,
WUXGA CMOS monochrome
Communications: Ethernet, Serial
Accessories: Direct connect; accessories available
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Vision HAWK Hardware
Vision HAWK Characteristics
IP67 connectors
• Supports M12 connectors
• Standard M12 Ethernet Connector
Rugged IP67 enclosure
Software-adjustable focus
Interchangeable lenses
Built-in LED illumination
Status indicators
• Trigger activity
• Inspection results: Pass/Fail
• Device and connection status
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Vision HAWK Hardware Configuration
1. Mount the camera as required by the application.
2. Connect the Ethernet cable from "B" on the camera to the network.
3. Connect the power supply to "3" on the QX-1.
4. Connect the photo sensor to "T" on the QX-1.
5. Connect the "Common" cable to "2" on the QX-1 and "A" on the camera.
6. Plug in the power supply.
Ethernet
RS-232
Discrete I/O
Power Supply
(12-pin Socket)
Common
Photo Sensor
Output 2
Input 1
Default
Power
Output 1
TX (+)
RX (–)
Terminated
Terminated
Host
TxD
Output 3
Trigger
RX (+)
Ground
Terminated
Host RxD
Input Common
Output Common
Connector A: M12
12-Pin Plug
TX (–)
Terminated
Connector B: M12
8-Pin
Note: Connector A contains all I/O.
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Vision HAWK C-Mount Hardware
Vision HAWK C-Mount Hardware
There are six basic steps required to set up a Vision HAWK C-Mount Smart Camera:
1. Configure hardware. Set up the camera, cabling, power supply, and I/O.
2. Select a device and create a new job. Use the Connect view to select a device
and create a new job or load an existing job.
3. Adjust camera settings. Use the Connect and Image views to adjust parameters
specific to the connected smart camera.
4. Edit the job. Add and configure AutoVISION tools that are useful for your application.
Use Inspection Outputs parameters to configure job outputs.
5. Run the job. Jobs are downloaded to the camera when entering the Run view, but
are not saved yet.
6. Save the job. Stop the job and click the Save icon to save the current job on the
camera, but don’t forget to start the job again.
The following sections discuss these steps in greater detail.
The Vision HAWK C-Mount is designed for industrial applications. It features a rugged
enclosure and multiple lens options. It is capable of higher line speeds and can run
multiple AutoVISION tools simultaneously.
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Package: Rugged, industrial
Power Input: High-immunity 5-28V
I/O: 1-28V optoisolated
Optics: Depends on lens (liquid lens only available for standard Vision HAWK)
Machine Vision Capabilities: Can run multiple AutoVISION tools at high speed
Motion Capabilities: Indexed, static to high speed
Sensor: SXGA CCD monochrome , SXGA CCD color, WVGA CMOS monochrome,
WUXGA CMOS monochrome
• Communications: Ethernet, Serial
• Accessories: Direct connect; accessories available
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Vision HAWK C-Mount Hardware Configuration
1. Select lens as required by the application.
2. Mount the camera as required by the application.
3. Connect the Ethernet cable from "B" on the camera to the network.
4. Connect the power supply to "3" on the QX-1.
5. Connect the photo sensor to "T" on the QX-1.
6. Connect the "Common" cable to "2" on the QX-1 and "A" on the camera.
7. Plug in the power supply.
Common
Power Supply
(12-pin Socket)
Ethernet
Photo Sensor
Output 2
Input 1
Default
Power
Output 1
TX (+)
RX (–)
Terminated
Terminated
Host
TxD
Output 3
Trigger
RX (+)
Ground
Terminated
Host RxD
Input Common
Output Common
Connector A: M12
12-Pin Plug
TX (–)
Terminated
Connector B: M12
8-Pin
Note: Connector A contains all I/O.
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Vision MINI Hardware
Vision MINI Hardware
There are six basic steps required to set up a Vision MINI Smart Camera:
1. Configure hardware. Set up the camera, cabling, power supply, and I/O.
2. Select a device and create a new job. Use the Connect view to select a device
and create a new job or load an existing job.
3. Adjust camera settings. Use the Connect and Image views to adjust parameters
specific to the connected smart camera.
4. Edit the job. Add and configure AutoVISION tools that are useful for your application.
Use Inspection Outputs parameters to configure job outputs.
5. Run the job. Jobs are downloaded to the camera when entering the Run view, but
are not saved yet.
6. Save the job. Stop the job and click the Save icon to save the current job on the
camera, but don’t forget to start the job again.
The following sections discuss these steps in greater detail.
The Vision MINI is designed for embedded applications. It features a small enclosure
and low power requirements. It is capable of running a couple AutoVISION tools
simultaneously. The SXGA MINI is a good choice for lower line speeds, while the
WVGA MINI can handle higher line speeds.
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Power Input: Lower power 5V
I/O: 5V TTL compatible
Optics: 2-6" mechanical focus, fixed lens
Machine Vision Capabilities: Can run a limited number of simple tools
Motion Capabilities: Indexed, static to low speed (SXGA); Indexed, static, low,
high speed (WVGA)
• Sensor: SXGA CMOS monochrome, WVGA CMOS monochrome, QXGA CMOS color
• Communications: Virtual Ethernet over USB
Important: If the PC enters “sleep mode”, the USB ports will shut down and the
camera will be disconnected. See the Vision MINI Smart Camera Guide for information
on how to disable sleep mode or other low-power modes.
• Accessories: Accessories required (IB-131 and IC-332)
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Vision MINI Characteristics
Integrated cable
• Low power consumption
• Common HD15 and USB-B connectors
Compact, lightweight vision sensor
Built-in LED illumination
Software-adjustable focus
Integrated beeper
reports inspection
results
AutoVISION button
• Image calibration
• Virtual trigger
Status indicators
• Trigger activity
• Inspection Results: Pass/Fail
• Device and connection status
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Vision MINI Hardware
Vision MINI Hardware Configuration
1. Mount the camera as required by the application.
2. Connect the USB side of the camera cable to the USB host cable.
3. Connect the IC-332 to the IB-131.
4. Connect the D-sub side of the camera cable to the IC-332.
5. Connect the photo sensor to the IB-131.
6. Connect the power supply to the IB-131.
7. Plug in the power supply.
USB
RS-232 I/O
Power Supply
10-28V
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I/O
Photo Sensor
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D-sub I/O Connector Pin Assignments
USB Type B Connector Pin Assignments
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Vision MINI Xi Hardware
Vision MINI Xi Hardware
There are six basic steps required to set up a Vision MINI Xi Smart Camera:
1. Configure hardware. Set up the camera, cabling, power supply, and I/O.
2. Select a device and create a new job. Use the Connect view to select a device
and create a new job or load an existing job.
3. Adjust camera settings. Use the Connect and Image views to adjust parameters
specific to the connected smart camera.
4. Edit the job. Add and configure AutoVISION tools that are useful for your application.
Use Inspection Outputs parameters to configure job outputs.
5. Run the job. Jobs are downloaded to the camera when entering the Run view, but
are not saved yet.
6. Save the job. Stop the job and click the Save icon to save the current job on the
camera, but don’t forget to start the job again.
The following sections discuss these steps in greater detail.
The Vision MINI Xi is designed for embedded applications. It features a small enclosure,
industrial connectivity, and embedded Ethernet. It is capable of running a few AutoVISION
tools simultaneously. The SXGA model is a good choice for lower line speeds, while the
WVGA model can handle higher line speeds.
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Power Input: 10 to 30 VDC
I/O: 1-28V optoisolated
Optics: 2-6" mechanical focus, fixed lens
Machine Vision Capabilities: Can run a few simple tools
Motion Capabilities: Indexed, static to low speed (SXGA); Indexed, static, low,
high speed (WVGA)
• Sensor: SXGA CMOS monochrome, WVGA CMOS monochrome, QXGA CMOS color
• Communications: Ethernet, Serial
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Vision MINI Xi Characteristics
Integrated cable
• Low power consumption
• M12 and RJ45 connectors
Compact, lightweight vision sensor
Built-in LED illumination
Software-adjustable focus
Integrated beeper
reports inspection
results
AutoVISION button
• Image calibration
• Virtual trigger
Status indicators
• Trigger activity
• Inspection Results: Pass/Fail
• Device and connection status
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Vision MINI Xi Hardware
Vision MINI Xi Hardware Configuration
Ethernet Standalone without QX-1
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Mount the camera (1) as required by the application.
Ensure that the camera (1) is the optimal distance of 2” to 6” from the inspection area.
Connect the M12 (power and I/O) end of the camera’s cable to the power supply (3).
Connect the RJ45 (Ethernet) end of the camera’s cable to the host.
Plug in the power supply (3) and apply power to the camera (1).
Ethernet Standalone with QX-1
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Ensure that the camera (1) is the optimal distance of 2” to 6” from the inspection area.
Connect the M12 (power and I/O) end of the camera’s cable to “2” on the QX-1 (2).
Connect the RJ45 (Ethernet) end of the camera’s cable to the host.
Connect the power supply (3) to “3” on the QX-1.
Connect the photo sensor (4) to “T” on the QX-1.
Plug in the power supply (3) and apply power to the camera (1).
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M12 12-Pin Plug Pin Assignments
RJ45 Plug Pin Assignments
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Select a Device
Select a Device
AutoVISION's Connect view allows you to select your device and configure its settings,
and to create a new job.
Cameras: Vision HAWK (standard or C-Mount), Vision MINI, or Vision MINI Xi.
Emulator: The software emulator allows you to work from saved images without hardware.
The Connect menu
provides a list of
available devices.
Hover the mouse
over a device to
see its details.
Once a device is selected, you can Create a New Job, Load a Job from a saved .avp file
on your PC, or Upload Current Job From Device (your camera).
• Job: A completed program, including image acquisition, tools, and reporting.
• Tool: A self-contained set of steps used to perform a specific task.
Note: When selecting the Emulator, there is no option to upload a job.
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Adjust Camera Settings
Once you have selected your camera or the Emulator and created a new job, you will
move to the Image view. This view allows you to Auto Calibrate the camera, and to manually
adjust the camera's Exposure, Gain, and Focus, and also to set the Lighting Mode (On,
Off, or Strobe).
Note: If you load a job from your PC or upload a job from the camera, you will automatically
move to the Edit view.
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Adjust Camera Settings
You can return to the Connect view and click the Modify button to adjust additional camera
settings, such as TCP/IP settings, RS-232 settings, Ethernet settings, and AutoVISION button
settings. You can also rename your camera (alphanumeric characters only - [0-9], [a-z], and
[A-Z]). Click the Apply button when you have adjusted the camera's settings as needed.
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Edit the Job
After you have created a new job, loaded a job from your PC, or uploaded a job from the
camera, you will proceed to the Edit view to refine your machine vision job.
The Camera parameters allow you to set Gain, Exposure, Focus, Trigger, and Lighting.
Inspection Outputs options and Microscan Link functionality allow you to connect your
job to the outside world.
This is also the view where you can add multiple tools to the job. The tool icons are
located above the main view area.
When a tool is selected, it appears in the tool list area to the left of the main view.
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Run the Job
Run the Job
Going to the Run view will automatically download your job to the camera and start it running.
The Run view provides the following feedback:
• Image Display: Displays runtime images with Tool graphics;
• Inspection Counts: Displays the number of parts inspected, passed and rejected;
• Inspection Timing Statistics: Displays statistics on the speed of your inspection;
• Tool Results: Shows the Pass/Fail status and inspection data from each of your tools.
The following options are provided:
• Adjust the speed of the image display;
• Enable/disable graphics display;
• Save uploaded images to the PC;
• Clear the inspection counts.
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Save the Job
Click the Save icon to save the job to the camera's flash memory.
Note: The Save icon shows a popup menu of jobs, allowing you to overwrite existing jobs
or to create a new job.
1. Click the Stop icon.
2. Click the Save icon.
3. Click the Run icon to start again.
Save icon
Stop icon
Run icon
Note that jobs that are configured to run on stored images, saved, and then opened on a
camera, will have their snapshot setting changed to Acquire.
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Additional Notes
Additional Notes
CPU Idle States (C-States)
During AutoVISION installation, you will see the dialog shown below. The dialog allows
you to disable CPU idle states, also called C-states. The purpose of disabling C-states is
to avoid image drop errors in applications using GigE Cameras with Visionscape, which is
installed with AutoVISION.
Important: Disabling C-states helps you avoid image drop errors, but it also causes the
CPU to run at full speed at all times, significantly increasing power consumption.
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Contents
Launch the AutoVISION User Interface ........................................................................................ 2-2
Select Device ................................................................................................................................ 2-3
Job Changeover............................................................................................................................ 2-5
This section describes how to launch AutoVISION, select a device, and connect.
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Launch the AutoVISION User Interface
Double-click the AutoVISION icon on your desktop or go to the Windows Start Menu and
navigate to All Programs > Microscan AutoVISION > AutoVISION.
The Connect menu
provides a list of
available devices.
Hover the mouse over a device
to see its details.
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Select Device
AutoVISION's Connect view allows you to select your device and configure its settings,
and to create a new job.
Cameras: Vision HAWK, Vision HAWK C-Mount, Vision MINI, or Vision MINI Xi.
Emulator: The software Emulator allows you to work from saved images without hardware.
Click the green icon to take control of
the camera. The “Modify” button will
appear. Click the “Modify” button to
adjust camera settings.
The Connect menu
provides a list of
available devices.
Hover the mouse
over a device to see
its details.
Once connected, the
camera’s properties are
visible.
Modifying Device Settings
When you click the Modify button, device settings under Details can be changed.
Note: If DHCP is disabled at startup and you click DHCP Enable, the IP Address and
Subnet Mask fields are read-only and show the camera's current static IP Address and
Subnet. If DHCP is enabled at startup, the IP Address and Subnet Mask assigned by
DHCP are shown.
Important: The Vision HAWK's default IP address is 192.168.0.10.
You can also create or change a username and password for your camera to protect
device settings.
Create or change a username and password by right-clicking on the image of the camera
and then clicking Change User ID and Password.
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Select Device
Then enter your new username of choice and password of choice and click the Change button:
Subsequent attempts to change device settings will require that the current username and
password be entered:
Important: AutoVISION is not able to edit jobs that have been manipulated in FrontRunner.
Switching jobs between AutoVISION and FrontRunner is not recommended.
Once a device is selected, you can Create a New Job, Load a Job from a saved .avp file
on your PC, or Upload Current Job from Device (your camera).
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Job Changeover
Multiple jobs can be loaded to the Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, or Vision MINI Xi. You can
switch between the jobs without having to download each time. A number of features allow
you to manipulate the jobs and retrieve information about the loaded jobs.
Job Slot – Each job is stored in a corresponding "slot" in the camera's memory, identified
by a consecutive list of integers.
Boot Job – This is the job that loads when the camera is powered on.
Current Job – This is the job that is currently loaded in the camera’s memory. AutoVISION
allows the user to select a job in the job slots and make it the current job.
You can manipulate Job Changeover functionality in AutoVISION's Connect view, with the
pop-up menu that appears when you click the flash memory icon on the file menu toolbar,
and with the pop-up menu in the Run view.
When you select a camera that supports Job Changeover, the jobs are shown under the
Upload Current Job from Device button in the device view.
Note: Job sizes are not shown until you log in
to the camera.
From this view you can see the following information about the job:
• Slot ID
• Job Name (.avp name)
• Size of the job
• Memory available on the camera
• Which job is the Boot Job
• Which job is the Current Job (highlighted in orange)
Size represents the amount of memory that would be saved if the job were deleted from
the camera. The jobs share support files, so when there are two jobs using the same
support files the second one deleted will make more memory available.
You can make a job the current job by selecting it and clicking the Make Current button.
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Job Changeover
You can also delete jobs from the camera by selecting a job and clicking the Delete Slot
button. AutoVISION will warn you if you try to delete the current job, and will automatically
reassign the new first job in the list to current.
The pop-up menu that appears when you click the flash memory icon allows you to see all
jobs currently on the camera. You can then flash the job that is in the camera's memory or
loaded on the computer by selecting a job to overwrite or by selecting New Slot.
When you select a slot (or New Slot) you will see a dialog asking if you want to download
the current job. This allows you either to flash the job in AutoVISION or the job on the
camera. If you select New Slot, AutoVISION will search for an open slot or the next corresponding
job slot and insert the job in that slot. After the job is flashed it will start running and AutoVISION
will switch to the Run view if you have checked “Go to Run view after flashing the job”.
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Job Switching
Important: AutoVISION is not able to edit jobs that have been manipulated in FrontRunner.
Switching jobs between AutoVISION and FrontRunner is not recommended.
You can switch between jobs in AutoVISION's Connect or Run views. Click the job switch
icon in the Run view to use the dropdown menu shown below.
If a username and password have been defined for the camera, the Login dialog will appear.
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Contents
Image Overview ............................................................................................................................ 3-2
Image Area ................................................................................................................................... 3-3
Image Control Tools..................................................................................................................... 3-4
Auto Calibration ........................................................................................................................... 3-6
This section describes AutoVISION’s Image area, how to use the image control tools, and
how to Auto Calibrate on an acquired image.
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Image Overview
Image Overview
The Image view allows you to calibrate your camera’s focus and lighting settings automatically via the Auto Calibration button, or to adjust them manually via the Exposure, Gain,
Focus, and Lighting Mode parameters. Calibration settings are saved to the camera, as
are Exposure, Gain, and Focus settings that are adjusted manually.
Note: The Vision HAWK C-Mount supports Exposure and Gain Calibration, but not Focus Calibration.
The upper-right corner of the view provides feedback on the current image, including its
width and height, the quality of its Dynamic Range (Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor), and a
histogram of the image to help you visualize the Dynamic Range. The colors blue and pink
in the image are used to show undersaturated (blue) and oversaturated (pink) pixels.
The photometry values (Exposure, Gain, and Focus) shown to the right of the image
area are determined either by the AutoVISION job or by photometry values stored on the
camera. There are multiple ways these values can be set: manually with the sliders, Auto
Calibration in AutoVISION, Auto Calibration with the AutoVISION button on the camera,
and Microscan Link.
When you perform an Auto Calibration, the photometry values can be “locked down” so they
are not changed by the calibration process. When a photometry value is “locked” during
calibration, the value already stored in the AutoVISION job (not on the camera) is used.
Note: Photometry values must be locked if you intend to tie them to AutoVISION/Visionscape
global data service (GDS) tags using Microscan Link. Locking the values allows any new
values that appear in the job to be used. If photometry values are unlocked, the values
stored on the camera will be used, but they cannot be changed using Microscan Link.
Note: Auto Calibration, Exposure, Gain, Focus, and Lighting Mode do not function
when the Emulator is being used instead of a camera.
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Image Area
The Image Area displays the current image and features various tools for controlling the image.
Zoom
Acquire
Ruler (in
pixels)
Gridlines
every 100
pixels
Options
Hint: Right-click in the image area and move the mouse to drag the image to the desired
position. Use the mouse wheel to zoom the image in or out.
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Image Control Tools
Acquire
Acquire Single Image: Takes a single picture.
Acquire Live Images: Live video used for camera and part adjustment.
Enable or Disable Trigger for Image Acquisition: When checked, and your camera has
a trigger assigned, Acquire, Live Video and Tryouts will all wait for a trigger before acquiring
an image.
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Zoom
Zoom In: Makes the image appear larger.
Zoom Out: Makes the image appear smaller.
Actual Size: Shows the image at actual size in pixels.
Fit to Screen: Fits the image to the boundaries of the image area.
Options
Save the Image...: Saves the captured image on the PC.
Show Grid: Places grid lines on the image for reference and measurement in pixels.
Show Rulers: Places rulers (in pixels) above and to the left of the image area.
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Auto Calibration
AutoVISION performs Acquisition Calibration, which configures the camera sensor’s
Focus setting via an auto-focus step, and configures the Exposure and Gain settings via
an auto-photometry step. The calibration process ensures that the camera captures and
sends optimal images to the software for analysis.
Click the Auto Calibration button in AutoVISION's Image view to perform a quick calibration
on the image.
Another way to initiate Auto Calibration is by pressing the AutoVISION button on the
Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, or Vision MINI Xi.
To perform Auto Calibration in AutoVISION’s Image view, click the Auto Calibrate button
to the right of the main image area. AutoVISION performs a quick calibration on the image
in the field of view and provides output on Image Size and Dynamic Range, and also
shows a Histogram for the captured image.
You can also adjust Exposure, Gain, and Focus individually, and set the Lighting Mode,
as discussed in Image Overview.
Important: The Vision HAWK C-Mount supports Exposure and Gain calibration, but not
Focus calibration. Auto Calibration does not adjust Focus in the Vision HAWK C-Mount,
and the Focus setting is hidden when the Vision HAWK C-Mount is connected.
Auto Calibration configures the
camera’s Focus, Exposure, and
Gain settings and shows a histogram
for the captured image.
The image control settings are
only available when a camera is
connected and the image source
is the camera.
Important: The image source must be the camera for these controls to be enabled. If you
see the Acquire Images from Camera button instead of the Auto Calibration button,
click it to make the camera the image source and capture an image. The Auto Calibration
button and other controls will then be enabled.
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Lighting Mode
There are three lighting modes for the Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi: Off,
On, and Strobe.
Note: The Vision HAWK C-Mount does not have internal lighting, but does support external
light control via Output 3.
When Lighting is set to Off, external lighting is disabled, and internal lighting (standard
Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi) is turned off. This is the default state for the
Vision HAWK C-Mount.
When Lighting is set to On, external lighting is enabled (Output 3 of the Vision HAWK C-Mount
is placed in a de-energized or open state) and internal lighting (standard Vision HAWK,
Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi) is enabled.
When Lighting is set to Strobe, Output 3 on the Vision HAWK C-Mount is enabled to control an
external light. The normal state for Output 3 in this configuration is in an energized or closed
state. At the start of an image acquisition the output is de-energized or placed in an open state.
At the end of the camera's exposure period, the output is set back to a closed state.
Strobe is the default state for the standard Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi.
Strobe operation allows you to connect the appropriate NERLITE external lighting product
for your application and to control that light in sync with image acquisition. The light can be
switched on fast enough that it is at full brightness before the exposure begins.
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Contents
Edit Overview................................................................................................................................ 4-2
Tools Overview ............................................................................................................................. 4-6
Camera ....................................................................................................................................... 4-15
Locate Tool ................................................................................................................................. 4-22
Decode Tool................................................................................................................................ 4-25
OCR Tool .................................................................................................................................... 4-33
Count Tool .................................................................................................................................. 4-50
Presence/Absence Tool.............................................................................................................. 4-57
Measure Tool .............................................................................................................................. 4-60
Match Strings Tool ...................................................................................................................... 4-73
String Format Tool ...................................................................................................................... 4-76
Logic Tool ................................................................................................................................... 4-79
OCV Tool .................................................................................................................................... 4-83
Symbol Quality Verification Tool ................................................................................................. 4-87
Inspection Outputs .................................................................................................................... 4-118
Microscan Link .......................................................................................................................... 4-125
Data Navigator .......................................................................................................................... 4-130
Terminal .................................................................................................................................... 4-134
Serial Commands ..................................................................................................................... 4-137
This section describes AutoVISION’s Edit interface, and explains how to use AutoVISION Tools.
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Edit Overview
The Edit view allows you to edit and try out a job.
Hint: Right-click in the image area and move the mouse to drag the image to the desired
position. Use the mouse wheel to zoom the image in or out.
Change
views
Tools
Tool list
Tool
Parameters
Job List
The Job List displays all tools and represents the order of execution of tool functions. It
also displays tool status and data.
Tryout Once: Run the job list
once on the PC.
Delete Selected Tool:
Remove highlighted tool
when selected.
Tryout Loop: Run
the job continuously
on the PC.
Tools
Inspection Options allow
the user to enable or disable
image acquisition and I/O
activity during tryout.
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Tools shown in the job list provide information about the current job.
Note: The Camera and Inspection Outputs tools are fixed and cannot be moved from
their locations via drag-and-drop.
Camera step is automatically
generated with a new job.
Tools execute
in the order
shown in the
job list.
Hint: Drag and drop
tools to change the
order in the list.
Tool
status:
PASS
FAIL
Inspection Outputs step is
automatically generated with
a new job.
Tools shown in the job list
provide real-time feedback.
Image Area
The Image Area displays the current image, tool data, and controls for image adjustment.
Zoom
Acquire
Ruler (in
pixels)
Gridlines
every 100
pixels
Options
Hint: Right-click in the image area and move the mouse to drag the image to the desired
position. Use the mouse wheel to zoom the image in or out.
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Image Control Tools
Acquire
Acquire Single Image: Takes a single picture.
Acquire Live Images: Live video used for camera and part adjustment.
Enable or Disable Trigger for Image Acquisition: When checked, and your camera has
a trigger assigned, Acquire, Live Video and Tryouts will all wait for a trigger before acquiring
an image.
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Zoom
Zoom In: Makes the image appear larger.
Zoom Out: Makes the image appear smaller.
Actual Size: Shows the image at actual size in pixels.
Fit to Screen: Fits the image to the boundaries of the image area.
Options
Save the Image...: Saves the captured image on the PC.
Show Grid: Places grid lines on the image for reference and measurement in pixels.
Show Rulers: Places rulers (in pixels) above and to the left of the image area.
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Tools Overview
The tool icons are located above the main view area.
The following sections describe how to add and configure tools.
Adding Tools
The tool icons are located above the image area.
There are two ways to add a tool to a captured image:
1. Click on the tool icon.
2. Click and drag a tool icon into the image area, then adjust the region of interest
(ROI) by grabbing one of the ROI's four anchor points and sizing the ROI as needed.
Region of Interest (ROI)
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•
•
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All AutoVISION tools have an ROI except Match Strings, String Format, and Logic.
A tool executes its function within its own ROI.
Larger ROIs require more processing time.
ROIs of different tools can overlap and still function correctly.
Some ROIs can rotate.
By enabling the rotate option
in the tool parameters, the
ROI can be rotated to fit the
feature within the image.
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Dynamic Locate
The Locate Tool and Decode Tool can be used to locate other tools dynamically,
because they report coordinates within the image.
Dynamic location: Tools
move as features move
Using Dynamic Locate in the Locate Tool
Once a tool has been set as a
location source, other tools
can move with it.
Use the Locate Tool
as a location source
for other tools.
ON: Move this tool based on
the coordinates reported by
the Locate Tool.
OFF: Do not move this tool
based on the coordinates
reported by the Locate Tool.
Using Dynamic Locate in the Decode Tool
Use this tool as a location
source for other tools.
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Image Pre-Processing
Image Pre-Processing is enabled by default.
AutoVISION’s Image Pre-Processing algorithms are available for the following tools:
• OCR Tool
• Count Tool (Blob Count)
• Measure Tool
Image Pre-Processing makes it easier for the software to recognize and read characters in
an image, detect features in an image, and measure width, height, and angle within an
image. The Pre-Processing routine runs before the tool runs.
The Image Pre-Processing editor shown here is visible in the OCR Tool, Count Tool
(Blob Count), and Measure Tool’s parameters areas.
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Separate Objects (Open)
Separate Objects (Open) uses morphological pre-processing to perform an open operation.
This operation is useful when you want to separate objects from each other, such as multiple
connected OCR characters that are connected and are misidentified as a single character. Once
this option is selected, the editor is updated to provide parameters specific to the open operation.
Pixel Polarity selects the color of the objects you want to separate.
Iterations sets the number of times the operation is repeated on the
image. The effect of the operation is increased as this value is
increased. This parameter is defaulted to 1, but you will typically need
to increase the number of iterations to achieve the desired effect.
Show Output Image is enabled by default. The pre-processed image will
be shown within the ROI of your tool so you can see the effect of your chosen
operation. You can use this option to hide the pre-processed image.
Separate Objects (Open) Example:
Count Tool, no image pre-processing,
counting one blob.
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Count Tool with Separate Objects (Open) enabled,
Dark Pixels, 6 Iterations, counting two blobs.
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Connect Objects (Close)
Connect Objects (Close) uses morphological pre-processing to perform a close operation.
This operation is useful when you want to connect objects to each other, such as multiple
dot-matrix-printed OCR characters whose dots are too far apart, making it difficult to segment
the characters. Once this option is selected, the editor is updated to provide parameters
specific to the close operation.
Pixel Polarity selects the color of the objects you want to separate.
Iterations sets the number of times the operation is repeated on the
image. The effect of the operation is increased as this value is
increased. This parameter is defaulted to 1, but you will typically need
to increase the number of iterations to achieve the desired effect.
Show Output Image is enabled by default. The pre-processed image will
be shown within the ROI of your tool so you can see the effect of your chosen
operation. You can use this option to hide the pre-processed image.
Connect Objects (Close) Example:
OCR Tool, dot matrix print, no
image pre-processing, characters
not well-segmented.
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Shrink Objects (Erode)
Shrink Objects (Erode) uses morphological pre-processing to perform an erode operation.
This decreases the size of objects. This operation is similar to Separate Objects in that it is
typically used to separate objects that are touching. The difference is that the Separate
Objects operation performs an erosion followed by a dilation, so that objects are separated
but then returned to their original size. The Shrink Objects option only erodes objects. The
editor options for this operation are the same as for Separate Objects.
Pixel Polarity selects the color of the objects you want to separate.
Iterations sets the number of times the operation is repeated on the
image. The effect of the operation is increased as this value is
increased. This parameter is defaulted to 1, but you will typically need
to increase the number of iterations to achieve the desired effect.
Show Output Image is enabled by default. The pre-processed image will
be shown within the ROI of your tool so you can see the effect of your chosen
operation. You can use this option to hide the pre-processed image.
Shrink Objects (Erode) Example:
Count Tool, no image pre-processing, two
blobs connected and counted as one.
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Grow Objects (Dilate)
Grow Objects (Dilate) uses morphological pre-processing to perform a dilate operation.
This increases the size of objects. This operation is similar to Connect Objects option in
that it is typically used to connect objects. The difference is that the Connect Objects
operation performs a dilation followed by an erosion, so that objects are connected but
then returned to their original size. The Grow Objects option only dilates objects. The
editor options for this operation are the same as for Connect Objects.
Pixel Polarity selects the color of the objects you want to separate.
Iterations sets the number of times the operation is repeated on the
image. The effect of the operation is increased as this value is
increased. This parameter is defaulted to 1, but you will typically need
to increase the number of iterations to achieve the desired effect.
Show Output Image is enabled by default. The pre-processed image will
be shown within the ROI of your tool so you can see the effect of your chosen
operation. You can use this option to hide the pre-processed image.
Grow Objects (Dilate) Example:
OCR Tool, dot matrix print, no
image pre-processing, characters
not well-segmented.
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OCR with Grow Objects (Dilate) enabled,
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Gradient Image (Sobel)
Gradient Image (Sobel) performs a Sobel operation on the image, which highlights areas
where there is contrast. The resulting image is dark where there is no contrast and light
where there is contrast. This option is often used when trying to detect features in an area
where illumination is uneven or inconsistent. Use this option with the Count Tool for applications
in which trying to set a grayscale threshold is nearly impossible, and in which you need to
detect objects based on their degree of contrast with the background.
Size of Neighborhood refers to the size of the kernel that is used
when calculating the contrast for each pixel within the image. Choose
3x3 to detect sharper contrast, and use 5x5 and 7x7 when trying to
detect contrast that is more blurry, less sharp.
Show Output Image is enabled by default. The pre-processed image
will be shown within the ROI (region of interest) of your tool so you can
see the effect of your chosen operation. You can use this option to hide
the pre-processed image.
Gradient Image (Sobel) Example:
Count Tool (Blob Count) struggling
to detect a subtle scratch on part.
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Smooth Noise (Mean Low Pass Filter)
This option smoothes out background “noise” by softening image contrast via a weighted
neighborhood average operation. It is typically used on specular, metallic backgrounds.
Iterations sets the number of times the operation is repeated on the
image. The effect of the operation is increased as this value is
increased. This parameter is defaulted to 1, but you will typically need
to increase the number of iterations to achieve the desired effect.
Show Output Image is enabled by default. The pre-processed image will
be shown within the ROI of your tool so you can see the effect of your chosen
operation. You can use this option to hide the pre-processed image.
Smooth Noise (Mean Low Pass Filter) Example:
Count Tool (Blob Count) struggling to
count features on a metallic surface.
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Count Tool (Blob Count) with Smooth Noise
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Camera
Camera parameters can be used to set up image acquisition.
• When connected to a smart camera, adjust camera-specific acquisition parameters
such as Exposure, Gain, Focus, Trigger, and Lighting Mode.
• When using the Emulator, select your image file location on the PC, and use the Camera
Definition menu to select which smart camera and resolution to emulate.
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Trigger
• Use the Trigger dropdown menu to adjust trigger input settings.
None: Continuous operation; no trigger defined.
Digital: Select from available digital inputs on the camera.
Virtual: Select virtual triggers 1 through 10.
Sensor: The sensor input of the camera will trigger.
Serial Trigger: A programmable serial command can be sent over a programmable
port. The text field to the right of the Trigger dropdown menu accepts the following
special non-printable characters:
\a bell
\b backspace
\f form feed
\n new line
\r carriage return
\t horizontal tab
\v vertical tab
\’ single quote
\x022 double quote ( ” )
\? question mark
\ooo three digit octal notation ASCII value, i.e. \145 = 'e'
\x0hh hexadecimal notation ASCII value, i.e. \0x04C = 'L'
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Force Trigger
When a trigger is selected and Wait for Triggers During Acquire and Tryout is selected,
the Force Trigger button will appear above the Navigator Bar. This allows you to trigger
the camera to acquire images and advance the Tryout Loop.
Important: Triggering from AutoVISION is intended for testing only and results in significant
processing time variation. Use the actual trigger source for actual timing values.
Trigger Dropdown Menu
Wait for Triggers During Acquire and Tryout
Force Trigger Button
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Camera
Trigger Polarity
Trigger Polarity allows you to set whether the trigger is Low > High or High > Low.
Focus
The Focus control slider allows you to set the focus of the Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, or
Vision MINI Xi's built-in lens system.
The Vision HAWK C-Mount product does not support this focus control, because the lens
is focused manually and there is no built-in lens system to adjust. The Focus control slider
is hidden when a Vision HAWK C-Mount is connected.
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Lighting
There are three lighting modes for the Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi: Off,
On, and Strobe.
Note: The Vision HAWK C-Mount does not have internal lighting, but does support external
light control via Output 3.
When Lighting is set to Off, external lighting is disabled, and internal lighting (standard
Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi) is turned off. This is the default state for the
Vision HAWK C-Mount.
When Lighting is set to On, external lighting is enabled (Output 3 of the Vision HAWK C-Mount
is placed in a de-energized or open state) and internal lighting (standard Vision HAWK,
Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi) is enabled.
When Lighting is set to Strobe, Output 3 on the Vision HAWK C-Mount is enabled to control
an external light. The normal state for Output 3 in this configuration is in an energized or
closed state. At the start of an image acquisition the output is de-energized or placed in an
open state. At the end of the camera's exposure period, the output is set back to a closed state.
If the Vision HAWK C-Mount contains a job in which the camera's Lighting parameter is set
to Strobe, Output 3 becomes fixed as an external strobe signal. This means that Output 3
can no longer be used as a general purpose output, and will therefore be disabled. Output 3
in the Digital Outputs editor will not be available, as shown in the example below. Note
that the connection area of Output 3 says "Strobe Output" to provide feedback as to why
Output 3 is disabled.
Strobe is the default state for the standard Vision HAWK, Vision MINI, and Vision MINI Xi.
Strobe operation also allows you to connect the appropriate NERLITE external lighting product
for your application and to control that light in sync with image acquisition. The light can be
switched on fast enough that it is at full brightness before the exposure begins.
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Notes on Vision HAWK C-Mount Output 3
• If Output 3 is already connected and the Lighting parameter is changed to Strobe, Output 3
will be disconnected and then disabled.
• If a job is created on a standard Vision HAWK in which Output 3 is assigned and the
Lighting parameter is set to Strobe, and then that job is loaded onto a Vision HAWK C-Mount,
a warning will appear stating that Output 3 must be disconnected:
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Camera Output
The following parameter output can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
Camera Advanced Parameters
Click the Advanced Parameters icon at the upper right of the Edit view to access Camera
Advanced Parameters.
• Exposure: Allows you to set the integration time for the camera’s image sensor pixels.
• Gain: Allows you to set the signal strength applied to pixel grayscale values prior to output.
• Offset: Allows you to set the level of digital offset to apply to the output signal to adjust
the dark level. This provides a means for adjusting the dark level if clipping of the dark
signal is occurring (dark value below 0) to provide more contrast.
• Trigger: Selects the type of I/O.
• Trigger Polarity: Defines whether trigger polarity is Low-to-High or High-to-Low.
• Lighting Mode: Selects how the camera’s built-in lighting is configured.
• Acquire Options: Allows you to enable a capture target or to use fixed photometry values.
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Locate Tool
The Locate Tool dynamically locates a learned pattern within a captured image. This tool:
• Learns a pattern based on edges.
• Reports X, Y, and rotation coordinates of the edge pattern.
• Reports feature coordinates to locate other tools.
• Has a template ROI (region of interest) and a locate ROI.
• Can also be used for presence/absence inspection.
The Locate Tool locates
features based on edges.
Setting Up the Locate Tool
• Add the locate Tool to the image area.
• Adjust the template ROI around the feature that you want the tool to learn.
• Adjust the locate ROI to cover the area within which you expect your feature to move
from image to image. For best results, make this ROI as large as possible.
• Train the tool to recognize the pattern by clicking the Train icon.
Click the red icon to train the tool.
Template ROI
Good
Bad
Locate ROI
Choose a good template.
Use a template with unique
features for reliable Locate
Tool operation.
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Locate Tool Parameters
• Quick Find: Uses a rough location. Faster but less accurate.
• Fit Quality: Defines how closely the identified feature must match the template
(Relaxed, Normal, Precise).
• Accept Threshold: A ratio that determines how well the located feature must match the
trained feature. (0.1 – 1, where 1 = perfect match.)
• Allowed Rotation: Sets a limit on how much the object can rotate and still be recognized.
Hint: The Locate Tool is configured to handle 360 degrees of rotation by default. However,
reducing the Allowed Rotation (± Degrees) will speed up the tool's performance considerably.
Locate Tool Outputs
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Location: X, Y, Angle (Compatible with the double data type)
• Fit Quality (Compatible with the double data type)
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Locate Tool Advanced Parameters
Click the Advanced Parameters icon at the upper right of the Edit view to access Locate
Tool Advanced Parameters.
• Effort Level: Determines how hard the tool should work to locate the feature. Increasing
the effort level slows down the inspection.
• Positioning Accuracy: Determines the precision with which the location of the feature
is reported.
Enable Scale Search: When enabled, features can still be located if they change in size
from image to image.
Note: Setting the Allowed Rotation of the Locate Tool to any value between 0-5° enables
Scale Search. Setting Allowed Rotation to any value between 6-180° disables Scale Search.
• Minimum Scale: Sets the minimum scale change that is allowed between the located
feature and the trained feature. For example, 2 signifies that half the trained size is
acceptable.
• Maximum Scale: Sets the maximum scale change that is allowed between the located
feature and the trained feature. For example, 0.5 signifies that half the trained size is
acceptable.
• Conformity Tolerance: Determines how tolerant of distortion the tool is. Increase this
value to allow more distorted features to be located.
Important: Before the Locate Tool is trained on a feature, the Conformity Tolerance for
Relaxed Fit Quality is 14.000, Normal is 10.000, and Precise is 6.000. After the tool is
trained, Relaxed Fit Quality is 10.000, Normal is 6.000, and Precise is 2.000.
• Min % of Model Match: Sets the minimum percentage of the trained model that must
match a feature for that feature to be located.
• Model Name (Read Only): The name that is assigned to the contour file for the tool.
The contour file is saved in \Microscan\Vscape\Jobs\Contours.
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Decode Tool
The Decode Tool uses Microscan's aggressive X-Mode algorithms to decode 1D and 2D
symbols. Up to 100 symbols can be decoded in a single region of interest. The Decode Tool
also features a Match String function that allows you to specify the string that must be
matched for the Decode Tool to pass.
The Decode Tool supports the following:
All standard barcodes
GS1 DataBar
PDF417
Data Matrix, Aztec, QR
DotCode
DPM decoding
Omnidirectional decoding
The Decode Tool can also read damaged or obstructed symbols as in the example below.
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Decode Tool Parameters
• Adjust ROI (region of interest) to at least 2 times the symbol size.
• Leave at least 2x the symbol's element size between the ROI and the symbol.
• Disable unused symbologies to reduce decode times.
Note: DotCode cannot be
decoded at the same time as other
symbologies. If your application
requires the decoding of DotCode
symbols, enable DotCode only.
• Set the maximum number of symbols as needed.
• Enter the Match String value if required.
Decode Tool Match String
Match String allows you to specify the string that must be matched for the Decode Tool to pass.
The Match String function for the Decode Tool allows you to enter a ‘?’ character as a
wildcard character.
Non-Printable Characters
When a decoded symbol contains non-printable characters, the Match String can accept
hexadecimal escape codes. These are of the form \xFF, where FF represents two hexadecimal
digits. The "x" and the hex digits are not case sensitive.
To be processed, the escape sequence must be fully formed; otherwise it is treated as if it
were not an escape sequence.
For example, to match ABCD<cr>EFG, where <cr> is a carriage return (hex 0D), set
Match String to:
ABCD\x0DEFG
Using a serial command, this would be:
SET matchstring1 ABCD\x0DEFG
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GS1 Validation
GS1 Validation allows you to output separate GS1 application identifiers such as GTIN,
batch or lot number, expiration date, and serial number. GS1 Validation also checks the
syntax of the symbol for conformance to the GS1 standard.
Microscan is a GS1 Solution Partner with a Certified GS1 Bar Code
Professional on staff. This allows us to provide you with the background
knowledge necessary to implement GS1 Standards successfully in your
application.
Visit www.gs1us.org for more information about why to use a GS1
Solution Partner.
To enable GS1 Validation, click the GS1 Validation box in the Decode Tool Settings editor.
The example below shows the Decode Tool’s output broken into individual GS1 App IDs.
Notice the additional Microscan Link output options that appear when
GS1 Validation is enabled.
The GS1 App ID fields can then
be output separately as TCP/IP
Output values or selected by
the Match String Tool.
App IDs
App ID output parameters are added to the Decode Tool when a GS1 symbol is decoded,
and they are not automatically removed when subsequent GS1 symbols are decoded.
Additional App IDs from subsequent decoded GS1 symbols are appended to the original
App ID output parameters to preserve any Microscan Link connections that may have
been made to those parameters.
Disabling GS1 Validation clears App ID output parameters. This is useful for clearing App
IDs in applications requiring that a large number of different GS1 symbols be decoded.
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Decode Tool Outputs
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link.
Important: This tool shows additional linkable outputs in the Data Navigator Tools View
that are not shown in the main user interface. Check the Data Navigator to ensure that you
are aware of all possible linkable outputs for all AutoVISION tools.
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Decoded Text (Compatible with the string data type)
• GS1 Format Text (Compatible with the string data type)
• Symbology Type (Compatible with the string data type)
• Center Point Location (Compatible with the double data type)
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Decode Tool Advanced Parameters
Click the Advanced Parameters icon at the upper right of the Edit view to access
Decode Tool Advanced Parameters.
• Symbology Types: Allows you to determine which symbologies are enabled (blue) or
disabled (white).
• Match String Enable: Enables or disables Decode Tool results for Match String output.
• Match String: Allows you to specify the string that must be matched for the Decode
Tool to pass.
• Wildcard Character: Enables or disables a wildcard character in Decode Tool output.
• Max Symbols: Determines the maximum number of symbols to decode in a single
Decode Tool ROI (region of interest).
• Separator: Allows you to define the character that will separate concatenated symbol
output strings.
• GS1 Validation: Allows you to extract, validate, and output separate symbol data fields.
• Code 128 Symbol Length: Allows you to set the Code 128 Symbol Length.
• Timeout (ms): Determines the maximum amount of time (1 ms to 10,000 ms) the
Decode Tool will spend processing an image.
• Linear Security Level: Sets Linear Security Level to Aggressive, Normal, or Secure,
which determines the number of scan lines required for a good read (Normal requires
more scan lines than Aggressive, and Secure requires more scan lines than Normal).
• PDF417 Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs status of Fixed Symbol
Length along with symbol data.
• PDF417 Symbol Length: Allows you to set the PDF417 Symbol Length.
• PDF417 Codeword Collection: Collects PDF417 codewords from multiple images and
assembles them throughout the read cycle until the read cycle ends or the symbol is
fully decoded. Note that when this feature is enabled, only one PDF symbol per read
cycle should be present in the field of view.
• MicroPDF417 Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs the status of
Fixed Symbol Length along with symbol data.
• MicroPDF417 Symbol Length: Allows you to set the MicroPDF417 Symbol Length.
• Code 128 Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs status of Fixed Symbol
Length along with symbol data.
• Code 128 EAN Status: When enabled, outputs EAN Status along with symbol data.
• Code 128 Output Format: Allows you to set Code 128 Output Format to Standard or Application.
• Code 128 Application Record Separator Status: When enabled, outputs the status of
the Application Record Separator along with symbol data.
• Code 128 Application Record Separator Character: Allows you to set the separator
character for Application Records.
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• Code 128 Application Record Brackets Status: When enabled, outputs Application
Record Brackets status along with symbol data.
• Code 128 Application Record Padding Status: When enabled, outputs Application
Record Padding status along with symbol data.
• Code 93 Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Fixed
Symbol Length along with symbol data.
• Code 93 Symbol Length: Allows you to set the Code 93 Symbol Length.
• Code 39 Check Character Status: When enabled, outputs the status of the Check
Character along with symbol data.
• Code 39 Check Character Output Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Check
Character Output along with symbol data.
• Code 39 Large Intercharacter Gap Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Large
Intercharacter Gap along with symbol data.
• Code 39 Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Fixed
Symbol Length along with symbol data.
• Code 39 Symbol Length: Allows you to set the Code 39 Symbol Length.
• Code 39 Full ASCII Set Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Full ASCII Set
along with symbol data.
• Interleaved 2 of 5 Check Character Status: When enabled, outputs the status of the
Check Character along with symbol data.
• Interleaved 2 of 5 Check Character Output Status: When enabled, outputs the status
of Check Character Output along with symbol data.
• Interleaved 2 of 5 Symbol Length 1: Allows you to set Symbol Length 1 for Interleaved 2 of 5.
• Interleaved 2 of 5 Symbol Length 2: Allows you to set Symbol Length 2 for Interleaved 2 of 5.
• Interleaved 2 of 5 Guard Bar Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Guard Bar
along with symbol data.
• Interleaved 2 of 5 Range Mode Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Range
Mode along with symbol data.
• UPC/EAN Status: When enabled, outputs UPC/EAN status along with symbol data.
• UPC/EAN Supplementals Status: When enabled or required, outputs the status of
UPC/EAN Supplementals along with symbol data.
• UPC/EAN Separator Status: When enabled, outputs the status of the UPC/EAN Separator
along with symbol data.
• UPC/EAN Separator Character: Allows you to set the separator character for UPC/
EAN output.
• UPC/EAN Supplementals Type: Allows you to set the UPC Supplementals Type (Both,
2 Digits, or 5 Digits).
• UPC/EAN UPC-E as UPC-A Status: When enabled, outputs the status of UPC-E outputs
as UPC-A.
• Codabar Start and Stop Match Status: When enabled, the camera will not decode
Codabar symbols unless the start and stop characters are the same.
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• Codabar Start and Stop Output Status: When enabled, the start and stop characters
will be present in the data output of the decoded symbol. Note that because the start
and stop characters are included as part of the data, the characters must be included as
part of the length in a fixed length mode of operation.
• Codabar Large Intercharacter Gap Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Large
Intercharacter Gap along with symbol data.
• Codabar Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Fixed
Symbol Length along with symbol data.
• Codabar Symbol Length: Allows you to set the Codabar Symbol Length.
• Codabar Check Character Type: Allows you to select the type of check character.
• Codabar Check Character Output Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Check
Character Output along with symbol data.
• BC412 Check Character Output Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Check
Character Output along with symbol data.
• BC412 Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Fixed Symbol
Length along with symbol data.
• BC412 Symbol Length: Allows you to set the BC412 Symbol Length.
• DataBar Expanded Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs the status
of Fixed Symbol Length along with symbol data.
• DataBar Expanded Symbol Length: Allows you to set the DataBar Expanded Symbol Length.
• Composite Separator Status: When enabled, outputs the status of the Composite
Separator along with symbol data.
• Composite Separator Character: Allows you to set the separator character for Composite output.
• Pharmacode Fixed Symbol Length Status: When enabled, outputs the status of Fixed
Symbol Length along with symbol data.
• Pharmacode Symbol Length: Allows you to set the Pharmacode Symbol Length.
• Pharmacode Minimum Bars: Sets the minimum number of bars that a Pharmacode
symbol must have to be considered valid.
• Pharmacode Bar Width: If set to Mixed, the camera will autodiscriminate between narrow
and wide bars. If set to All Narrow, all bars will be considered as narrow bars. If set to All
Wide, all bars will be considered as wide bars. If set to Fixed Threshold, the fixed threshold
value will be used to determine whether bars are all narrow or all wide. This setting is
ignored if the camera is unable to tell the difference between narrow and wide bars.
• Pharmacode Direction: Sets the direction in which bars are prioritized. For example,
left bars are considered more significant than right bars for horizontal symbols, and top
bars are considered more significant than bottom bars for vertical symbols.
• Pharmacode Fixed Threshold Value: Defines the minimum difference in pixels that
will distinguish a narrow bar from a wide bar.
• Pharmacode Background Color: Defines the background (black or white) on which a
Pharmacode symbol is printed or marked.
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• DotCode Rotation: Defines the amount of rotation allowed for DotCode symbols (No
Rotation, Low Rotation, Omni).
Important: DotCode cannot be decoded at the same time as other symbologies. If your
application requires the decoding of DotCode symbols, enable DotCode only.
• Auto Teach Options: When Train Step is selected and the New Master pin is toggled,
the software will learn the data that has just been decoded. It will also learn the symbol’s
background color, element size, symbology, and various other characteristics. This
allows the software to process future instances of the same symbol more quickly.
When Learn Match String is selected and the New Master pin is toggled, the software
will set the data that has just been decoded as the Match String.
The AutoVISION button on the camera can also be used to set Auto Teach input. Hold
the AutoVISION button down until you see three LED flashes, releasing the button after
the third flash. Match String will be set to the symbol that is decoded in the next read cycle.
De-select all Auto Teach Options in AutoVISION if you want nothing to occur when the
New Master pin is toggled.
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OCR Tool
The OCR Tool reads printed text and translates it to ASCII text. This tool:
• Reads multiple lines of text in a single ROI (region of interest).
• Features pre-loaded OCR fonts that are designed to be read without the need for training.
• Features user-trained fonts for more robust character recognition.
• Uses a multi-neural network model to allow greater character variation.
• Features Image Pre-Processing, which makes it easier for the tool to recognize and read
characters in an image.
Input
Collection of memorized patterns
OCR Tool reads printed text
before training.
Output
Neural network collects various
samples of a character and stores
the variations in a font library.
The OCR Tool has a Standard OCR capability and an IntelliText OCR capability. Select
Standard OCR or IntelliText OCR from the dropdown menu above the tool parameters.
Standard OCR is sufficient for most applications, and offers font selection and editing, the
ability to create new fonts, user-definable text reading confidence, auto-sizing or character
selection based on width, height, and connection strength, and match string functionality.
IntelliText OCR offers most features of the standard algorithm plus the ability to set character
polarity, use regular expression syntax in Match String, and perform image binarization. Use
IntelliText OCR for symbols that are badly printed or marked. The IntelliText OCR algorithm
is optimized for identification of characters that are tilted, out of scale, badly segmented, or
otherwise difficult to read with the standard algorithm.
Important: When switching between Standard OCR and IntelliText OCR, the links
between tool outputs and GDS tags are lost. This is because the underlying components
that make up the OCR Tool are completely removed and then recreated whenever you
change the tool’s capability.
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OCR Tool Parameters
Standard OCR Parameters
• Font Selection: Allows you to select the font to use, to create a new font, or to edit the
current font library. New fonts are created from existing font libraries.
• Confidence: Allows you to specify the minimum level of character identification confidence
required before a character will be read and output.
• Character Selection: Allows you to specify the width and height of a character (in pixels)
or use Auto Size. Disable Auto Size for more reliable reading.
Connection Strength helps correct for characters that are either touching or are formed by
individual dots such as those produced by a dot peen stylus or inkjet printing.
This parameter ranges from -3 (AutoVISION will search for characters that are underprinted
or not touching) to 3 (AutoVISION will search for characters that are overprinted or touching).
When set to 0, AutoVISION does not perform any pre-processing (multiple passes of an
"erode" function for -3, -2, and -1 or multiple passes of a "dilate" function for 1, 2, and 3),
so processing time will be decreased.
• Match String: Allows you to specify the string that must be matched for the OCR Tool to pass.
• Image Pre-Processing: Makes it easier for the tool to recognize and read characters in an image.
• Enable ROI (Region of Interest) Rotation: The OCR Tool can be enabled for ROI rotation
by clicking the rotation icon at the upper left of the parameters view.
Enable ROI Rotation
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IntelliText OCR Parameters
Click the Character Selection area to open
the Character Selection editor, where you
can set read confidence, character polarity,
and min./max. character height and width.
• Font Selection: Allows you to select the font to use, to create a new font, or to edit the
current font library. New fonts are created from existing font libraries.
• Character Selection: Allows you to specify character requirements in multiple ways –
Confidence, Character Polarity, Min./Max. Height, and Min./Max. Width.
Confidence: Allows you to specify the minimum level of character identification confidence
required before a character will be read and output.
Character Polarity: Allows you so specify Dark Characters – black characters on a
white background – and Light Characters – white characters on a black background.
Min./Max. Character Size: Allows you to configure minimum and maximum character
width and the minimum and maximum character height limits.
• Match String: Allows you to specify the string that must be matched for the OCR Tool to pass.
• Image Binarization: Converts grayscale images to black and white (binary) to optimize
the readability of poorly segmented characters.
• Image Pre-Processing: Makes it easier for the tool to recognize and read characters in an image.
• Enable ROI (Region of Interest) Rotation: The OCR Tool can be enabled for ROI
rotation by clicking the rotation icon at the upper left of the parameters view.
Enable ROI Rotation
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Font Editor
The Font Editor allows you to:
• View a character set
• Remove trained samples
• View default sample set characters
• View user-defined characters
Click the Font Editor button in the OCR tool parameters to bring up the Font Editor.
Default characters are highlighted in gray, and user-trained characters are highlighted in green.
When Use Default Font is unchecked in OCR Advanced Parameters, the Font Editor
shows only user-trained characters.
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Adding a New Font
When adding a new font to AutoVISION's font library, it is only necessary to include the
characters that will be used. The new characters will be added to a new font based on an
existing font.
For example, if you want to add parentheses to a number library so that parentheses will
be identified correctly, right-click on the character that you want to add to the library, enter
it in the Character read as text field, and then click the Add Sample button.
New ("user") fonts are based on existing ("default") fonts. Fonts can be named by clicking
the New Font button and then entering the new font name in the Font Name text field.
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Removing Multiple Character Samples Simultaneously for User-Trained
Characters
When you train a new OCR character, multiple samples are added to the font library. If you
add a new character accidentally, you can remove all user-trained samples for that character
simultaneously.
Hovering over the first character position in a font entry shows the popup list of trained
symbols. A red X button will appear at the top of the column of symbols. Pressing this
button will remove all the user-trained data from the selected character.
Non-Printable Characters
When an OCR string contains non-printable characters, the Match String can accept
hexadecimal escape codes. These are of the form \xFF, where FF represents two hexadecimal
digits. The "x" and the hex digits are not case sensitive.
To be processed, the escape sequence must be fully formed; otherwise it is treated as if it
were not an escape sequence.
For example, to match ABCD<cr>EFG, where <cr> is a carriage return (hex 0D), set
Match String to:
ABCD\x0DEFG
Using a serial command, this would be:
SET matchstring1 ABCD\x0DEFG
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OCR Confidence
• The decoded ASCII text is placed over the printed text in the image.
• The color of the ASCII text character represents the confidence level with which it was
recognized.
- Green: ~80 – 100%
- Orange: ~60 – 79%
- Red: < 60%
• Click on any character to:
- View confidence level
- Add a sample to the character library
- View a reference image
When a character is first added to the library, the original image is modified and variations
of the character are also added. When samples for a given character already exist, samples
up to a maximum of 10 are added. A replacement method is used to maintain the best
statistical variety of samples for training.
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OCR Tool Match String
OCR Tool Match String allows you to specify the string that must be matched for the OCR
Tool to pass. OCR Match String allows you to enter a ‘?’ character as a wildcard character.
With IntelliText OCR, you can also create a variable match string using regular expressions.
When String Matching Method is set to Basic, basic string matching will be performed
on the result string.
When it is set to Regular Expression (TRE), the result string will be tested against the
user-defined regular expression in the match string field.
Regular expression syntax can be found here:
http://laurikari.net/tre/documentation/regex-syntax/.
Regular Expression Examples
Example expiration date string matching “EXP (JUN|FEB) [0-9]{2} [0-9]{4}”:
“EXP JUN 12 1998” - match
“EXP JUN 30 1999” - match
“EXP FEB 12 1998” - match
“EXP JVN 12 1998” - fail
“EXP JUN 12 98”
- fail
“EXP JUN 12 199B” - fail
“LXP JUN 12 1998” - fail
Example date string matching “(0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])/(0[1-9]|1[012])/11”:
(0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01]) matches 01 to 31 only.
Read as:
0 followed by 1 through 9 (01-09) OR
1 or 2 followed by 0 through 9 (10-29) OR
3 followed by 0 or 1 (30-31)
Example result
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Image Binarization
Image binarization, available in IntelliText OCR only, converts grayscale images to black
and white (binary) to optimize the readability of poorly segmented characters.
The Auto setting is satisfactory for most applications.
Fixed Template allows nuanced control of binarization parameters.
In the example below, multiple characters are not detected due to segmentation problems
when Image Binarization is set to Auto. When Image Binarization is set to Fixed Template,
the cause of the segmentation problem is revealed to be poor binarization in the original
grayscale image.
Original
Grayscale
Image
Binarized
Image
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IntelliText OCR Image Binarization – Example 1
Binarization Mean Factor:
Lower from 0.5 until image
noise begins to appear.
Binarization Mean Factor:
Increase slightly until most
of the noise disappears.
Binarization Dynamic Range:
Lower from 0.5 to increase the
thickness of the characters until
image noise begins to appear.
Binarization Dynamic Range:
Increase slightly until most of the
noise disappears.
Resize the ROI: This switches the
view back to the grayscale image
to show corrected segmentation.
Character Size: Adjust width,
height, and scale to improve
segmentation further.
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IntelliText OCR Image Binarization – Example 2
Segmentation Issue:
A and F tied together.
Character Size:
Use Width and
Height for more
consistent spacing.
Binarization Example:
Artifact causes an extra
character to be detected.
Binarization:
Shows the source
of the problem.
Binarization Dynamic:
Adjust fixed values to
eliminate image noise.
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Scaling Factor
The Scaling Factor parameter allows you to increase or decrease the number of pixels
for IntelliText OCR to process in a given OCR character. This parameter is used to change
the sampling interval of the ROI (region of interest).
IntelliText OCR is optimized for detecting characters in the range of 25-50 pixels in
height. Optimal character width is 30 pixels. If your application requires the reading of
text at high resolution, particularly high resolution dot print, this parameter can improve
character detection by reducing character scale.
Because reducing the sampling introduces some loss of information, you may need to
configure the optical setup accordingly. Scaling provides some speed enhancements
when using larger ROIs and relatively low character counts.
Scaling Factor Decrease – Example 1
The large dot mark in this example has excellent contrast and does not require optimization
using binarization, but it does have segmentation problems. This particular mark is 130
pixels high, which causes the text segmentation not to identify entire characters properly.
By reducing the scaling to 0.5, the character height is reduced to 65 pixels and proper
segmentation becomes possible. Note, however, that a symbol such as this should be
captured at a lower resolution for optimal performance.
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Scaling Factor Decrease – Example 2
The following large mark shows image noise and a wide dynamic change across the ROI.
The automatic binarization selection works well, but the low signal-to-noise ratio on the left
side of the mark causes the C to fail. This could be optimized by fixing the binarization.
As this mark is approximately 80 pixels high, it is rather large for optimum text segmentation.
Because the mark is so large, the algorithm has detected segments from the C on different
lines of characters.
The segmentation problem is resolved by modifying scaling. This low-contrast mark may
experience some instability from image to image with binarization set to Auto, and would
likely benefit from a Fixed Template setting.
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Scaling Factor Increase Example
In the following example, the dot mark has close characters and partially touching characters.
The mark is at reasonable resolution but the close characters are creating segmentation problems.
Character thresholds can be modified to separate them, but this can be challenging, particularly
in the JUN segment. Setting the scaling to 2.0 and over-exposing the image creates a good
separation that binarizes well and subsequently segments properly and consistently.
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OCR Tool Outputs
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link.
Important: This tool shows additional linkable outputs in the Data Navigator Tools View
that are not shown in the main user interface. Check the Data Navigator to ensure that you
are aware of all possible linkable outputs for all AutoVISION tools.
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Character String (Compatible with the string data type)
• Number of Characters Found (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Match Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Minimum Character Confidence (Compatible with the double data type)
• Maximum Character Confidence (Compatible with the double data type)
• Mean Character Confidence (Compatible with the double data type)
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OCR Tool Advanced Parameters
Click the Advanced Parameters icon at the upper right of the Edit view to access OCR
Tool Advanced Parameters.
Standard OCR
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Use Default Font: Intended for when no user-trained character is found.
Font: Selects the font that the OCR Tool will use to identify characters.
Confidence: Specifies the minimum level of confidence required before a character will be read.
Auto Size: Automatically determines the size of OCR output text.
Connection Strength: Determines the required connection strength for text to be read.
Unknown Character: Allows you to specify the character that will be output if a
detected character is not recognized.
Multiline Separator: Allows you to determine the character that will be used as a separator
for multi-line OCR output.
Match String Enable: Enables or disables Match String functionality for the OCR Tool.
Match String: Allows you to specify the string that must be matched for the OCR Tool to pass.
Min Character Area (Pixels): Allows you to determine the minimum size in pixels of the
area in which a given character is located.
Use Wildcard ? in Match String: Sets the wildcard character to '?' for Match String.
Auto Teach Options: When Learn Match String is selected and the New Master pin is toggled,
the software will set the OCR string that has just been decoded as the Match String.
The AutoVISION button on the camera can also be used to set Auto Teach input. Hold
the AutoVISION button down until you see three LED flashes, releasing the button after the
third flash. Match String will be set to the OCR string that is decoded in the next read cycle.
Note: De-select Auto Teach Options if you want nothing to occur when the New Master
pin is toggled.
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Use Default Font: Intended for when no user-trained character is found.
Font: Selects the font that the OCR Tool will use to identify characters.
Confidence: Specifies the minimum level of confidence required before a character will be read.
Character Polarity: Dark Characters = black characters on a white background. Light
Characters = white characters on a black background.
Minimum Width: Minimum width of detected characters.
Maximum Width: Maximum width of detected characters.
Minimum Height: Minimum height of detected characters.
Maximum Height: Maximum height of detected characters.
Minimum Character Pixels: Defines the minimum number of foreground pixels
required to form a valid character. Characters with a foreground pixel count lower than
this value will be filtered from the segmented characters as a final step before characters
are processed for identification.
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• Unknown Character: Allows you to specify the character that will be output if a
detected character is not recognized.
• Multi-Line Separator: Allows you to determine the character that will be used as a
separator for multi-line OCR output.
• Binary Threshold Mode: Change between fixed template and automatic binary thresholding.
• Scaling Factor: The factor by which characters are scaled up or down.
• Discard Boundary Characters: Eliminates any binary objects that are touching the
boundary ROI (region of interest).
• Character Slant Detection: Detects and processes characters that are slanted in relation
to the text string angle.
• Auto Teach Options: When Learn Match String is selected and the New Master pin is toggled,
the software will set the OCR string that has just been decoded as the Match String.
The AutoVISION button on the camera can also be used to set Auto Teach input. Hold
the AutoVISION button down until you see three LED flashes, releasing the button after the
third flash. Match String will be set to the OCR string that is decoded in the next read cycle.
Note: De-select Auto Teach Options if you want nothing to occur when the New Master
pin is toggled.
• String Matching Method: Method of string matching to apply to the Output String during
tool execution.
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Count Tool
Count Tool
The Count Tool allows you to count the number of objects found within the region of interest.
This tool counts areas of connected light or dark pixels. The Count Tool is ideal for:
• Verifying the correct number of parts in a tray.
• Verifying the correct number of holes in a part.
• Detecting and reporting the number of objects in the image.
The Count Tool has a Blob Count capability and a Shape Count capability. Select Blob
Count or Shape Count from the dropdown menu above the tool parameters.
The Count Tool’s Blob Count capability features Image Pre-Processing, which makes it
easier for the tool to detect features in an image.
Important: When switching between Blob Count and Shape Count, the links between
tool outputs and GDS tags are lost. This is because the underlying components that make
up the Count Tool are completely removed and then recreated whenever you change the
tool’s capability.
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Count Tool Parameters
Blob Count
• Polarity: Determines whether to count objects that are either lighter or darker than the
background.
• Ignore Blobs that Touch the ROI: When enabled, blobs that touch the edge of the ROI
(region of interest) will not be detected.
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• Min Blob Size: Objects smaller than the defined size (in pixels) will be ignored.
• Max Blob Size: Objects larger than the defined size (in pixels) will be ignored.
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• Threshold: The Count Tool’s Blob Count capability displays a histogram of the gray values
witin its region of interest. This provides a visual aide when setting the tool’s threshold
value. The histogram shows where the majority of the dark pixels (to the left) and the
light pixels (to the right) are on the gray scale. You can use the slider to adjust the
threshold to a point between the two peaks. The portion of the histogram that is above the
threshold is displayed in red; the portion that is below the threshold is displayed in blue.
Selecting Auto Threshold will instruct the software to compute the threshold automatically.
• Tolerance: Sets the tolerance on the minimum and maximum number of pixels allowable
for the inspection to pass.
• Enable ROI (Region of Interest) Rotation: The Count Tool’s Blob Count capability can be
enabled for ROI rotation by clicking the rotation icon at the upper left of the parameters view.
Enable ROI Rotation
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Shape Count
• Quick Find: Uses a rough location. Faster but less accurate.
• Fit Quality: Defines how closely the identified feature must match the template
(Relaxed, Normal, Precise).
• Accept Threshold: A ratio that determines how well the located feature must match the
trained feature. (0.1 – 1, where 1 = perfect match.)
• Allowed Rotation: Sets a limit on how much the object can rotate and still be recognized.
Hint: The Count Tool is configured to handle 360 degrees of rotation by default. However,
reducing the Allowed Rotation (± Degrees) will speed up the tool's performance considerably.
• Tolerance: Sets the tolerance on the minimum and maximum number of pixels allowable
for the inspection to pass.
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Count Tool Outputs
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Number of Parts (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Location: X, Y, Angle (Shape Count Only) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Fit Quality (Shape Count Only) (Compatible with the double data type)
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Count Tool Shape Count Advanced Parameters
Click the Advanced Parameters icon at the upper right of the Edit view to access Count
Tool Shape Count Advanced Parameters.
• Effort Level: Determines how hard the tool should work to locate the feature. Increasing
the effort level slows down the inspection.
• Positioning Accuracy: Determines the precision with which the location of the feature
is reported.
• Enable Scale Search: When enabled, features can still be located if they change in
size from image to image.
Note: Setting the Allowed Rotation of the Count Tool (Shape Count) to any value
between 0-5° enables Scale Search. Setting Allowed Rotation to any value between 6-180°
disables Scale Search.
• Minimum Scale: Sets the minimum scale change that is allowed between the located
feature and the trained feature. For example, 2 signifies that half the trained size is
acceptable.
• Maximum Scale:Sets the maximum scale change that is allowed between the located
feature and the trained feature. For example, 0.5 signifies that half the trained size is
acceptable.
• Conformity Tolerance: Determines how tolerant of distortion the tool is. Increase this
value to allow more distorted features to be located.
Important: Before Shape Count is trained on a feature, the Conformity Tolerance for
Relaxed Fit Quality is 14.000, Normal is 10,000, and Precise is 6.000. After the tool is
trained, Relaxed Fit Quality is 10.000, Normal is 6.000, and Precise is 2.000.
• Min % of Model Match: Sets the minimum percentage of the trained model that must
match a feature for that feature to be located and counted.
• Model Name (Read Only): The name that is assigned to the contour file for the tool.
The contour file is saved in \Microscan\Vscape\Jobs\Contours.
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Presence/Absence Tool
The Presence/Absence Tool detects the presence of a feature based on pixel intensity or
contrast. This tool:
• Counts the number of pixels within a range of intensity from 0 to 255.
• Counts the number of pixels where there is contrast in the image (pixels that lie along
the edge of a feature, for example).
Pixel Intensity
Presence/Absence is based on pixel
intensity or edge contrast values.
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Presence/Absence Tool Parameters
• Function: Counts gray pixels within the range defined by the threshold; counts edge
pixels that cross over the gradient threshold value.
• Method: Counts pixels between a range of gray values or counts pixels along an edge
transition. Count Edge Pixels counts pixels along the edges of objects. Count Gray
Pixels counts pixels that fall within the specified range of gray values.
• Threshold: Sets the pixel value(s) to be located (0 = black, 255 = white). This changes
based on whether Count Gray Pixels or Count Edge Pixels is selected in the Function
menu. Count Gray Pixels allows you to set both a Low Threshold and High Threshold
within which to count. Count Edge Pixels allows you to determine the point at which a
feature's edges are recognized as edges.
The Presence/Absence Tool’s Count Gray Pixels capability displays a histogram of the
gray values within its region of interest. This provides a visual aide when setting the
tool’s low and high threshold values. The dual slider allows you to adjust both the upper
and lower thresholds. The portion of the histogram that is within the threshold range is
displayed in yellow; the portion that is below the low threshold is displayed in blue; the
portion that is above the high threshold is displayed in red.
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• Tolerance: Sets the tolerance on the minimum and maximum number of pixels allowable
for the inspection to pass.
• Enable ROI (Region of Interest) Rotation
Enable ROI Rotation
Presence/Absence Tool Outputs
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Pixel Count (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
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Measure Tool
Measure Tool
The Measure Tool allows you to perform width or height measurements between two
edges. This tool:
• Finds two edges, then measures the distance between them.
• Looks for dark objects on a light background or light objects on a dark background.
• Outputs measurements in pixels.
• Rejects measurements outside the user-defined tolerances.
• Features Image Pre-Processing, which makes it easier for the tool to measure width,
height, and angle within an image.
The Measure Tool has a Width Measure, Height Measure, and Angle Measure capability.
Select the desired capability from the dropdown menu above the tool parameters.
Important: When switching between Width Measure, Height Measure, and Angle Measure,
the links between tool outputs and GDS tags are lost. This is because the underlying
components that make up the Measure Tool are completely removed and then recreated
whenever you change the tool’s capability.
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Measure Tool Parameters
Width Measure
• Function: Width measurement
• Edge Selection – Polarity: Determines whether to measure a dark or light object with
respect to the background. Light to Dark Edges searches for edges that transition from
a light background to a dark object. Dark to Light Edges searches for edges that transition
from a dark background to a light object. Any Edge searches for edges of any polarity.
• Edge Selection – Sharpness: Determines the sharpness of the edge. Very Sharp
Edges (+/-1) calculates gradients by looking 1 pixel before and 1 pixel after the analysis
pixel. Sharp Edges (+/-2) calculates gradients by looking 2 pixels before and 2 pixels
after the analysis pixel. Blurry Edges (+/-3) calculates gradients by looking 3 pixels
before and 3 pixels after the analysis pixel. Very Blurry Edges (+/-4) calculates gradients
by looking 4 pixels before and 4 pixels after the analysis pixel.
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• Edge Selection – Straightness: Determines the straightness of the edge.
• Distance Type: Determines how the distance between two edges of the object should
be calculated. Point to Line Distance measures the perpendicular distance from the
first edge’s center point to the second edge’s best fit line. Choose Point to Line Distance
when measuring between parallel lines. Point to Point Distance measures the distance
from the center points of two edges. Choose Point to Point Distance when measuring
between non-parallel lines, or when you want the rotation of the lines to be ignored.
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• Edge Strength: The Measure Tool provides a gradient plot to assist with the setting of
the edge threshold. The plot shows you how strong the transitions from dark to light or
light to dark (gradients) are within the tool’s region of interest. The plot is calculated
down the center of the ROI, left-to-right when measuring width, top-to-bottom when
measuring height, and at the user-defined angle when measuring angle. A red horizontal
line shows where the current threshold is set. Use the slider to adjust the threshold to
an optimum value.
• Tolerance: Lower and upper tolerance in pixels.
• Enable ROI (Region of Interest) Rotation: The Measure Tool’s Width Measure capability
can be enabled for ROI rotation by clicking the rotation icon at the upper left of the
parameters view.
Enable ROI Rotation
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Height Measure
• Function: Height measurement
• Edge Selection – Polarity: Determines whether to measure a dark or light object with
respect to the background. Light to Dark Edges searches for edges that transition from
a light background to a dark object. Dark to Light Edges searches for edges that transition
from a dark background to a light object. Any Edge searches for edges of any polarity.
• Edge Selection – Sharpness: Determines the sharpness of the edge. Very Sharp
Edges (+/-1) calculates gradients by looking 1 pixel before and 1 pixel after the analysis
pixel. Sharp Edges (+/-2) calculates gradients by looking 2 pixels before and 2 pixels
after the analysis pixel. Blurry Edges (+/-3) calculates gradients by looking 3 pixels
before and 3 pixels after the analysis pixel. Very Blurry Edges (+/-4) calculates gradients
by looking 4 pixels before and 4 pixels after the analysis pixel.
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• Edge Selection – Straightness: Determines the straightness of the edge.
• Distance Type: Determines how the distance between two edges of the object should
be calculated. Point to Line Distance measures the perpendicular distance from the
first edge’s center point to the second edge’s best fit line. Choose Point to Line Distance
when measuring between parallel lines. Point to Point Distance measures the distance
from the center points of two edges. Choose Point to Point Distance when measuring
between non-parallel lines, or when you want the rotation of the lines to be ignored.
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• Edge Strength: The Measure Tool provides a gradient plot to assist with the setting of
the edge threshold. The plot shows you how strong the transitions from dark to light or
light to dark (gradients) are within the tool’s region of interest. The plot is calculated
down the center of the ROI, left-to-right when measuring width, top-to-bottom when
measuring height, and at the user-defined angle when measuring angle. A red horizontal
line shows where the current threshold is set. Use the slider to adjust the threshold to
an optimum value.
• Tolerance: Lower and upper tolerance in pixels.
• Enable ROI (Region of Interest) Rotation: The Measure Tool’s Height Measure capability
can be enabled for ROI rotation by clicking the rotation icon at the upper left of the
parameters view.
Enable ROI Rotation
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Angle Measure
• Function: Angle measurement
• Scan Direction: Determines whether the tool will scan for an edge from top to bottom,
left to right, right to left, or bottom to top.
• Edge Selection – Polarity: Determines whether to measure a dark or light object with
respect to the background. Light to Dark Edges searches for edges that transition from
a light background to a dark object. Dark to Light Edges searches for edges that transition
from a dark background to a light object. Any Edge searches for edges of any polarity.
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• Edge Selection – Sharpness: Determines the sharpness of the edge. Very Sharp
Edges (+/-1) calculates gradients by looking 1 pixel before and 1 pixel after the analysis
pixel. Sharp Edges (+/-2) calculates gradients by looking 2 pixels before and 2 pixels
after the analysis pixel. Blurry Edges (+/-3) calculates gradients by looking 3 pixels
before and 3 pixels after the analysis pixel. Very Blurry Edges (+/-4) calculates gradients
by looking 4 pixels before and 4 pixels after the analysis pixel.
• Edge Selection – Straightness: Determines the straightness of the edge.
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• Edge Strength: The Measure Tool provides a gradient plot to assist with the setting of
the edge threshold. The plot shows you how strong the transitions from dark to light or
light to dark (gradients) are within the tool’s region of interest. The plot is calculated
down the center of the ROI, left-to-right when measuring width, top-to-bottom when
measuring height, and at the user-defined angle when measuring angle. A red horizontal
line shows where the current threshold is set. Use the slider to adjust the threshold to
an optimum value.
• Tolerance: Expected angle measurement and the range the angle can vary from the
nominal angle, in degrees.
• Enable ROI (Region of Interest) Rotation: The Measure Tool’s Angle Measure capability
can be enabled for ROI rotation by clicking the rotation icon at the upper left of the
parameters view.
Enable ROI Rotation
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Identifying an Edge
• Transitions between dark and light pixels are located.
• Several edge points are created from those transitions.
• The best possible line is then fit to the edge points.
The Measure Tool
looks for transitions in
grayscale and fits an
edge to the transitions.
Locating Transitions between Light and Dark
• Edge points are found based on gradient changes over a number of pixels.
• Threshold = Transition of gradient values
• Sharpness = Number of pixels allowed for gradient change
Very Sharp Edge = +/– 1
Threshold = 20
Edge Point
Blurred Edge = +/– 3
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Fitting an Edge Line to Edge Points
• Edge straightness determines how to fit the line.
Perfect Edge = Accurate edge line placement; stray edge points are ignored.
Rough Edge = Edge line placement uses an average of all edge points including stray
edges. This is useful when no clearly-defined line is available.
Perfect edge
Rough edge
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Measure Tool Outputs
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link.
Important: This tool shows additional linkable outputs in the Data Navigator Tools View
that are not shown in the main user interface. Check the Data Navigator to ensure that you
are aware of all possible linkable outputs for all AutoVISION tools.
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Measurement (Width Measure and Height Measure only) (Compatible with the double
data type)
• Edge Point 1 (Compatible with the double data type)
• Edge Point 2 (Width Measure and Height Measure only) (Compatible with the double
data type)
• Edge Line 1 (Compatible with the double data type)
• Edge Line 2 (Width Measure and Height Measure only) (Compatible with the double
data type)
• Edge Angle (Angle Measure only) (Compatible with the double data type)
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Match Strings Tool
The Match Strings Tool allows you to specify the string that must be matched for the tool
to pass.
The Match Strings Tool:
• Uses the outputs from the Decode Tool, OCR Tool, String Format Tool, and Verification Tool.
Note: These other tools must execute before Match Strings in the job list.
• Compares the two strings.
• Reports whether the tool passes (i.e. the two strings are the same) and when the tool
fails (i.e. when the two strings are different).
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When the two strings match, the message "Strings Match" is shown in the main view area.
When the two strings don't match, the message "STRINGS DON'T MATCH!" is shown in
the main view area.
Hint: To reset the Input String 1 or Input String 2 values to Not Connected, click the X
to the right of the value you want to disconnect.
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Match Strings Tool Output
The following parameter output can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Output String (Compatible with the string data type)
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String Format Tool
This tool allows you to format a string to be output. You can select up to two input strings
and format based on the following rules:
• Extracted characters are specified by []. [1-4] extract characters 1 through 4. [12]
Extracts character 12. [] = Entire string.
• Special characters are specified by ‘\’. \t (horizontal tab), \r (carriage return), and \n (new
line) are supported.
• Any other characters are inserted into the final string.
Examples:
• String = 123
Format = Start[]end
Output = Start123end
• String = ABCDEFG
Format = [2-4][7]
Output = BCDG
• String = ABCDEFG
Format = *[2-4]**[7]?
Output = *BCD**G?
Note: The String Format Tool only accepts the three special characters mentioned above.
The String Format Tool can:
• Extract a substring from the input string(s) from the Decode Tool, OCR Tool, or Verification Tool.
• Format characters to be appended or inserted into the input string;
• Append the second input string to the first input string (if two strings are specified).
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Hint: Reformat the data as required, then use Match Strings.
Hint: To reset the Input String 1 or Input String 2 values to Not Connected, right-click
the Input String value you want to reset and click Disconnect.
Non-Printable Characters
The String Format Tool accepts the following special characters, which can be used to
configure the output string:
\a bell
\b backspace
\f form feed
\n new line
\r carriage return
\t horizontal tab
\v vertical tab
\’ single quote
\x022 double quote ( ” )
\? question mark
\ooo three digit octal notation ASCII value, i.e. \145 = 'e'
\x0hh hexadecimal notation ASCII value, i.e. \0x04C = 'L'
Note: To escape the ‘\’ character, use the hexadecimal or octal versions \x5c or \134.
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String Format Tool Outputs
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link.
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Output String (Compatible with the string data type)
• String 1 Formatted (Compatible with the string data type)
• String 2 Formatted (Compatible with the string data type)
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Logic Tool
The Logic Tool allows you to build simple logic expressions in AutoVISION. These
expressions make it possible to combine the results of multiple Tools and tie those results
to outputs.
Logic Tool Parameters
Click the Logic Expression field to start building a logic expression.
Click the + to show the Logic Element Types menu.
The Logic Element Types menu shows a list of logic elements that can be added to the
expression: Value, Operator, Numeric Value, and Group.
When you select a logic element, that element appear in the Logic Expression popup.
You can now add further elements to build the logic expression.
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Value
In the example below, Value has been selected from the Logic Element Types menu, and
the Status (pass/fail) of the Presence/Absence Tool from the vision job has been added to
the logic expression.
Operator
Click the + button again to add another element to the logic expression. In the example
below, Operator has been selected from the Logic Element Types menu. The operators
AND, OR, =, >, > =, <, and < = can be added to the logic expression using the Operator
dropdown menu.
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Numeric Value
Select Numeric Value from the Logic Element Types menu to add text to the logic expression:
Group
Parentheses can be added to the expression by selecting Group from the Logic Element
Types menu. The Group element type has two + buttons for inserting elements inside and
after the parentheses.
The example below shows an expression that has been built using the following sequence
of Logic Element Types: Value (Presence/Absence Tool, Status output); Operator;
Group; Value (Count Tool, Count output); Operator; and Text.
When the Logic Tool Editor is closed, the parameter panel for the Logic Tool shows the
completed logic expression:
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NOT Button
The NOT button (!) appears to the left of any Tool Status Value that is added to the logic
expression. When selected, it inverts the Status of the Tool Value. In the example below,
the expression is TRUE if the Presence/Absence Tool fails.
Option Buttons
When you hover the mouse over any element in the logic expression, three option buttons
appear at the corners of the element:
= Remove this element from the expression.
= Insert a new element BEFORE this one.
= Insert a new element AFTER this one.
Logic Tool Output
The following parameter output can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
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OCV Tool
The OCV Tool verifies the quality of characters (also referred to as symbols) being
inspected by comparing them to a standard font and detecting defects.
OCV Tool Parameters
OCV Tool parameters include controls for Defect Detection, Filtering, and Settings.
Defect Detection
Click the Defect Detection area of the OCV Tool parameters to display controls for Tolerance
and Units (Percentage of total symbol size, or an absolute value in Pixels). You can also
determine whether the tool bases defects on Total Residue Area or Largest Blob, or set
it to Check Minimum Contrast, which rejects any symbol whose contrast falls below 50%
of the trained symbol’s contrast.
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Filtering
Click the Filtering area of the OCV Tool parameters to display controls for Minimum
Symbol Size and Residue Cleanup.
Minimum Symbol Size allows you to set the minimum number of pixels required for a blob
to constitute a symbol.
Residue Cleanup allows you to set the number of pixels to remove around the perimeter of
each blob of residue. Increase this value if the size of symbols varies by a large amount.
Settings
Click the Settings area of the OCV Tool parameters to display controls for Polarity, Single
Symbol, and AutoFind the Symbols.
The OCV Tool can usually detect polarity on its own, but when it can’t, set Polarity directly
to Light on Dark or Dark on Light.
Enable Single Symbol if you want all features within the template ROI (region of interest)
to be trained as one symbol.
Enable AutoFind the Symbols to search automatically for trained symbols. Disable
AutoFind to save processing time if you are already using a Locate Tool.
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Training the OCV Tool
The OCV Tool is trained in the same way as the Locate Tool.
• Add the OCV Tool to the image area.
• Adjust the template ROI (region of interest) around the feature that you want the tool
to learn.
• Adjust the boundary ROI to cover the area within which you expect your feature to
move from image to image. For best results, make this ROI as large as possible.
• Train the tool to recognize the characters in the template ROI by clicking the Train icon.
Click the red icon to train the tool.
Template
For best results, make
the boundary ROI as
large as possible.
You can then verify the quality of individual characters in the inspection area.
Hint: Click on individual letters to show their detailed results as in the example below,
which shows an analysis of a symbol’s size and total residue area.
Note: When using the OCV Tool, you may see two additional boxes within the boundary
ROI and outside the template ROI, as in the example above. This is normal and does not
affect OCV Tool performance.
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OCV Tool Output
The following parameter output can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
OCV Tool Advanced Parameters
Click the Advanced Parameters icon at the upper right of the Edit view to access OCV
Tool Advanced Parameters.
• AutoFind: Distance Tolerance: Sets the maximum allowed change in the trained distance
between the two symbols used by AutoFind.
• AutoFind Pin 1 Index: Sets the index of the symbol to use as the first AutoFind feature.
• AutoFind Pin 2 Index: Sets the index of the symbol to use as the second AutoFind feature.
• Individual Symbol Search X: Sets a +/- search range on the X axis that is used to
position the template for each symbol more accurately. Increase this value when symbol
position varies significantly within the string. Note however that the tool runs more slowly
as you increase this value.
• Individual Symbol Search Y: Sets a +/- search range on the Y axis that is used to
position the template for each symbol more accurately. Increase this value when symbol
position varies significantly within the string. Note however that the tool runs more slowly
as you increase this value.
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Symbol Quality Verification Tool
The Symbol Quality Verification Tool evaluates 1D or 2D symbols against the ISO
15415, AIM DPM/ISO 29158, and ISO 15416 standards, depending on which verification
capability you select.
Symbol Quality Verification Tool Parameters
Important: When switching between ISO 15415, AIM DPM/ISO
29158, and ISO 15416, the links between tool outputs and GDS
tags are lost. This is because the underlying components that make
up the Symbol Quality Verification Tool are completely removed and
then recreated whenever you change the tool’s capability.
ISO 15415 Verification
Verification Settings
Click the Verification Settings area of the parameters to bring up the controls for Aperture,
Lighting, and Setup Notes.
Aperture automatically sets the aperture size to the
user-defined percentage of the decoded cell size.
Choose Auto if you want the aperture size to be set
automatically based on the symbol’s cell size. The
aperture is set to 50% of the cell size by default. Turn
Auto off if you want to enter the Aperture value manually.
When Auto is de-selected, a dropdown menu
appears allowing you to enter units in mil or mm.
Lighting Wave Length specifies the wavelength of
the lighting being used. This value is for reporting
only and does not affect verification results.
Lighting Angle specifies the angle of the lighting
being used. Note that this value is for reporting only
and does not affect verification results.
Setup Notes allows you to record any additional
information that needs to be considered about your
camera or lighting configuration.
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Calibration
Click the Calibration section of the parameters to bring up the dialog shown below. The
Calibration dialog features simple instructions about how to calibrate your camera and the
Verification Tool in order to be compliant with your chosen verification specification. You
must have a Calibration card in order to calibrate your system.
Use this dialog to enter the data from your Calibration card, and then click the Calibrate
button to start the process.
As part of the calibration process, the Exposure Time setting of your camera will be
adjusted. Use the Maximum Exposure value in the Calibration dialog to set the maximum
Exposure Time that can be set.
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Custom Verification
When you click the box next to Enable Customized Verification Tests, you will see the
dialog shown below. This dialog allows you to select the individual attributes on which the
verification will be based, and to define Good/Fair/Poor ranges for each attribute.
Important: Disabling parameters using the Custom Verification dialog results in a verification
process that no longer strictly conforms to the ISO 15415 standard.
ISO 15415 Verification Parameters
• Symbol Contrast — The difference in the population of dark pixels to the population of
light pixels; compares to AIM DPM/ISO 29158 “Cell Contrast”.
• Modulation — In ISO/IEC 15415, a measurement of the uniformity of the color of the
dark areas and the light areas of the Data Matrix similar to “Cell Modulation”, but differs
in the implementation details.
• Reflectance Margin — A measurement of how well each module is correctly distinguishable
as light or dark in comparison to the global threshold.
• Fixed Pattern Damage — A measurement of the errors in the borders of the Data
Matrix as well as any errors in the quiet zone around the symbol necessary for the
decoding process.
• Axial Nonuniformity — The difference between the height and the width with respect
to the rows and columns.
• Grid Nonuniformity — This measurement is a delta of the difference of the measured
grid in relation to the ideal grid formed from the four corners of the Data Matrix.
• Unused Error Correction — The amount of error correction that could be read incorrectly when
the symbol is still readable that is currently being read correctly, expressed as a percentage.
• Print Growth — The positive or negative size relation of the cells as printed with
respect to the ideal grid.
• Reference Decode — A pass/fail measurement of the Data Matrix based upon a binary
image of the symbol as specified in ISO/IEC 16022.
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ISO 15415 Verification Report
ISO 15415 Numeric Score and Grade Level Comparison
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ISO 15415 Verification Final Grade
The ISO 15415 final grade is shown in the upper left corner of the verification report and
the numeric value is reported as the first field in the reported grade string. The final grade
is defined by the lowest grade achieved by any individual grade parameter.
When custom verification is enabled, in addition to setting threshold for Good/Fair/Poor,
you have the option to select which parameters are to be included in the final grade calculation.
In the below example you can see the impact of removing Axial Non-Uniformity from the
grade calculation.
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AIM DPM/ISO 29158 Verification
Verification Settings
Click the Verification Settings area of the parameters to bring up the controls for Aperture,
Lighting, and Setup Notes.
Aperture automatically sets the aperture size to the
user-defined percentage of the decoded cell size.
Choose Auto if you want the aperture size to be set
automatically based on the symbol’s cell size. The
aperture is set to 50% of the cell size by default. Turn
Auto off if you want to enter the Aperture value manually.
When Auto is de-selected, a dropdown menu
appears allowing you to enter units in mil or mm.
Lighting Wave Length specifies the wavelength of
the lighting being used. This value is for reporting
only and does not affect verification results.
Lighting Angle specifies the angle of the lighting
being used. Note that this value is for reporting only
and does not affect verification results.
Setup Notes allows you to record any additional
information that needs to be considered about your
camera or lighting configuration.
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Calibration
Click the Calibration section of the parameters to bring up the dialog shown below. The
Calibration dialog features simple instructions about how to calibrate your camera and the
Verification Tool in order to be compliant with your chosen verification specification. You
must have a Calibration card in order to calibrate your system.
Use this dialog to enter the data from your Calibration card, and then click the Calibrate
Reflectance button to start the process.
As part of the calibration process, the Exposure Time setting of your camera will be
adjusted. Use the Maximum Exposure value in the Calibration dialog to set the maximum
Exposure Time that can be set.
Important: Part calibration must be
performed per the AIM DPM standard
to obtain proper results.
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Custom Verification
When you click the box next to Enable Customized Verification Tests, you will see the
dialog shown below. This dialog allows you to select the individual attributes on which the
verification will be based, and to define Good/Fair/Poor ranges for each attribute.
Important: Disabling parameters using the Custom Verification dialog results in a verification
process that no longer strictly conforms to the AIM DPM/ISO 29158 standard.
AIM DPM/ISO 29158 Verification Parameters
• Cell Contrast — In AIM DPM/ISO 29158, the difference in the population of dark pixels to the
population of light pixels, using the sample principle as “Symbol Contrast” with modified definition.
• Cell Modulation — In AIM DPM/ISO 29158, a measurement of the uniformity of the
color of the dark areas and the light areas of the Data Matrix similar to “Modulation”, but
differing in the implementation details.
• Reflectance Margin — A measurement of how well each module is correctly distinguishable
as light or dark in comparison to the global threshold.
• Fixed Pattern Damage — A measurement of the errors in the borders of the Data
Matrix as well as any errors in the quiet zone around the symbol necessary for the
decoding process.
• Axial Nonuniformity — The difference between the height and the width with respect
to the rows and columns.
• Grid Nonuniformity — A delta of the difference of the measured grid in relation to the
ideal grid formed from the four corners of the Data Matrix.
• Unused Error Correction — The amount of error correction that could be read incorrectly when
the symbol is still readable that is currently being read correctly, expressed as a percentage.
• Print Growth — The positive or negative size relation of the cells as printed with
respect to the ideal grid.
• Minimum Reflectance — During “Card Calibration”, the NIST-traceable card is used to
calibrate the system and to calculate a “calibrated system reflectance value”. During
“Part Calibration”, a good example of the actual part is used to calculate an exposure
time that optimizes the brightness and contrast of that symbol. During the Verification
cycle, the calibrated system reflectance value is compared with the reflectance value of
the part viewed with this adjusted exposure time. Parts whose bright symbol elements
are less reflective than the calibration standard card will need more light energy for the
camera to achieve the appropriate image brightness. Minimum Reflectance is the ratio
of the part’s reflectance to the calibrated system reflectance. Every part must provide at
least a minimum level of reflectance.
• Reference Decode — A pass/fail measurement of the Data Matrix based upon a binary
image of the symbol as specified in ISO/IEC 16022.
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AIM DPM/ISO 29158 Verification Report
AIM DPM/ISO 29158 Numeric Score and Grade Level Comparison
AIM DPM/ISO 29158 Verification Final Grade
The AIM DPM/ISO 29158 final grade is determined in the same way as the ISO 15415 final grade.
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ISO 15416 Verification
Symbology Types
Click the Symbology Types you want to verify to the ISO 15416 standard.
Verification Settings
Click the Verification Settings area of the parameters to bring up the controls for Aperture,
Signal Compensation, Lighting, and Setup Notes.
Aperture automatically sets the aperture size to the user-defined percentage of the
decoded cell size. Choose Auto if you want the aperture size to be set automatically
based on the symbol’s cell size. The aperture is set to 50% of the cell size by default.
Turn Auto off if you want to enter the Aperture value manually. When Auto is de-selected,
a dropdown menu appears allowing you to enter units in mil or mm.
Signal Compensation compensates for uneven lighting. This parameter improves grading
performance, but note that it is not a part of the ISO 15416 standard, and therefore not
technically compliant.
Lighting Wave Length specifies the wavelength of the lighting being used. Note that this
value is for reporting only and does not affect verification results.
Lighting Angle specifies the angle of the lighting being used. Note that this value is for
reporting only and does not affect verification results.
Setup Notes allows you to add any other information about your camera or lighting configuration
that needs to be considered.
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Calibration
Click the Calibration section of the parameters to bring up the dialog shown below. The
Calibration dialog features simple instructions about how to calibrate your camera and the
Verification Tool in order to be compliant with your chosen verification specification. You
must have a Calibration card in order to calibrate your system.
Use this dialog to enter the data from your Calibration card, and then click the Calibrate
button to start the process.
As part of the calibration process, the Exposure Time setting of your camera will be
adjusted. Use the Maximum Exposure value in the Calibration dialog to set the maximum
Exposure Time that can be set.
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Custom Verification
When you click the box next to Enable Customized Verification Tests, you will see the
dialog shown below. This dialog allows you to select the individual attributes on which the
verification will be based, and to define Good/Fair/Poor ranges for each attribute.
Important: Disabling parameters using the Custom Verification dialog results in a verification
process that no longer strictly conforms to the ISO 15416 standard.
Custom Verification Editor
The Custom Verification Editor is used to define when grades are considered Good or
Fair. ISO 15416 reports a floating point grade value and allows you to define limits for
Good or Fair based on letter grades. If you want to specify numeric values for Good and
Fair limits, check the Use Numeric Values (for floating point control) option. The
standard ABCDF control is replaced with a different control that allows you to enter any
numeric value for Good and Fair limits. The example below shows the default numerical
Good and Fair values of 2.5 and 1.5 respectively.
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ISO 15416 Verification Parameters
• Edge Determination — Bar and space edge transitions are defined by where they
cross the global threshold of the symbol. The global threshold is the midpoint of the
maximum reflectance (brightest) and the minimum reflectance (darkest) sample in the
scan line. If the global threshold is crossed more than once per bar space transition or
does not cross between one of these bar space pairs the symbol will not be able to
decode and will receive an F grade for Edge Determination. If the proper number of element
transitions occurs the symbol will receive an A grade for Edge Determination.
• Decode — The decoding of the symbol using the symbology reference decode algorithm
using the element edges found in Edge Determination.
• Symbol Contrast — The difference between the highest and the lowest reflectance values
in a scan reflectance profile.
• Minimum Reflectance — Percentage value of reflectance of darkest bar.
• Minimum Edge Contrast — Percentage value of minimum edge contrast. Edge Contrast
is the difference between the bar reflectance and space reflectance of two adjacent elements.
• Modulation — The ratio of minimum edge contrast to symbol contrast.
• Defects — Irregularities found within elements and quiet zones, measured in terms of
element reflectance non-uniformity.
• Decodability — Decodability can be defined as the amount of margin remaining to
properly read the characters in the symbol. Each symbology specification graded under
ISO 15416 has published dimensions and margins of tolerance for the decoding of
characters. Printing and imaging accuracy will impact these dimensions and the ability
to decode the symbol. Decodability quantifies this margin for each symbol.
• Quiet Zone — The regions before the start and stop characters. Each symbology specification
graded under ISO 15416 has published the required amount of Quiet Zone for both the
region before the start and after the stop character. The Quiet Zone is measured as an
integer factor of the nominal bar width. For example, 10x would be a quiet zone 10 times
larger than the nominal bar width. If either the start or stop Quiet Zone is violated, the
scan line will receive an F grade for the Quiet Zone for that scan line.
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ISO 15416 Numeric Score and Grade Level Comparison
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ISO 15416 Verification Final Grade
The ISO 15416 final symbol grade is shown in the upper left corner and lower right corner
of the verification report and the numeric grade is reported as the first field in the reported
grade string. The ISO 15416 final symbol grade is a compilation of the 10 individual scan
line final grades applied over the region of the symbol. Each individual scan grade from
the 10 scans applied can be found at the bottom of each scan column. This scan grade is
the lowest grade from that individual scan. The final symbol grade is the average result of
the 10 individual scans. In the follow example you see scans 1-5 have quiet zone violations
and receive a grade of F or grade value 0. The scans 6-10 receive a B grade based on the
minimum grade of modulation. The final symbol grade is the average of the final scans (0
+ 0 + 0 + 0 + 0 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 3) / 10 = 1.5 or grade C. Note that if custom verification is
enabled individual parameters can be removed from the scan grade and final grade calculation.
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Verification Results
All verification output values can be output through Inspection Outputs. All verification
status outputs can be tied to the camera's Digital Outputs.
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Symbol Quality Verification Reports
The report that is produced by AIM DPM/ISO 29158, ISO 15415, and ISO 15416 Symbol
Quality Verification can be saved in either PDF or plain text format.
Click the Save button to save a report manually for the current symbol.
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Choose your folder and file name, and whether to save the report as a PDF (default) or as
plain text.
Click the Options button to configure various options that govern the saving of Verification reports.
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The following dialog is displayed when the Options button is clicked:
Include Image in Report (PDF Only) includes a bitmap of the image that was inspected.
This affects both manual and auto-saved reports.
Auto Save Reports enables or disables auto-saving of reports when AutoVISION is in
Run mode. Auto-save options are as follows:
• Never: Never save reports, this turns the auto-save feature off.
• Always: Save a report for every part that is inspected.
• For Poor Grades Only: A report will only be saved for symbols that receive a grade that
is rated as Poor.
• For Fair and Poor Grades Only: A report will only be saved for symbols that receive a
grade that has been rated as either Fair or Poor.
Report File Type selects the file type that will be used when auto-saving reports.
Reports Folder: Enter the path to the folder where reports will be automatically saved.
Files are auto-saved with a file name in this format:
YYYYMMDD_HHmmss_fff.ext
YYYY = Year
MM = Month
DD = Day
HH = Hour (military time)
mm = Minutes
ss = Seconds
fff = Milliseconds
.ext = File extension, either .pdf or .txt, depending on the selected report format.
Example file name: 20141227_114803_080.pdf
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Symbol Quality Verification Tool Outputs
ISO 15415
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link.
Important: This tool shows additional linkable outputs in the Data Navigator Tools View
that are not shown in the main user interface. Check the Data Navigator to ensure that you
are aware of all possible linkable outputs for all AutoVISION tools.
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Final Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Report Grade (Compatible with the string data type)
• Good Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Fair Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Poor Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Verification Standard (Compatible with string the data type)
• Symbology Type (Compatible with the string data type)
• Decoded Text (Compatible with the string data type)
• Calibration Status (Compatible with the string data type)
• Decode Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Contrast Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Modulation Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Reflectance Margin Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Fixed Pattern Damage Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Axial Nonuniformity Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Grid Nonuniformity Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Unused Error Correction Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Symbol Contrast Value (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Axial Nonuniformity Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Grid Nonuniformity Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Unused Error Correction Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Contrast Uniformity (x100) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Rmin (%) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Rmax (%) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Symbol Size (Compatible with the string data type)
• Cell Size (mil) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Cell Size (mm) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Cell Size (pixels) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Print Growth X (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Print Growth Y (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
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AIM DPM/ISO 29158
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link.
Important: This tool shows additional linkable outputs in the Data Navigator Tools View
that are not shown in the main user interface. Check the Data Navigator to ensure that you
are aware of all possible linkable outputs for all AutoVISION tools.
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Final Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Report Grade (Compatible with the string data type)
• Good Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Fair Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Poor Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Verification Standard (Compatible with string the data type)
• Symbology Type (Compatible with the string data type)
• Decoded Text (Compatible with the string data type)
• Calibration Status (Compatible with the string data type)
• Decode Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Cell Contrast Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Cell Modulation Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Reflectance Margin Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Fixed Pattern Damage Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Axial Nonuniformity Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Grid Nonuniformity Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Unused Error Correction Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Minimum Reflectance Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Cell Contrast Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Axial Nonuniformity Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Grid Nonuniformity Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Unused Error Correction Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Minimum Reflectance Value (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Contrast Uniformity (x100) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Symbol Size (Compatible with the string data type)
• Mean Light (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Cell Size (mil) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Cell Size (mm) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Cell Size (pixels) (Compatible with the double data type)
• Print Growth X (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• Print Growth Y (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
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ISO 15416
The following parameter outputs can be linked using Microscan Link.
Important: This tool shows additional linkable outputs in the Data Navigator Tools View
that are not shown in the main user interface. Check the Data Navigator to ensure that you
are aware of all possible linkable outputs for all AutoVISION tools.
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Report Grade (Compatible with the string data type)
• Overall Grade (Average Final Grade) (Compatible with the double data type)
• -- Overall Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Good Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Fair Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Poor Status (Compatible with the bool data type)
• Verification Standard (Compatible with string the data type)
• Symbology Type (Compatible with the string data type)
• Decoded Text (Compatible with the string data type)
• Calibration Status (Compatible with the string data type)
• Average Edge Determination Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Decode Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Contrast Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Minimum Reflectance Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Minimum Edge Contrast Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Modulation Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Defects Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Decodability Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Average Quiet Zone Grade (Compatible with the double data type)
• Final Grade – Scan Lines 1 – 10 (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Edge Determination Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Decode Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Contrast Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Minimum Reflectance Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Minimum Edge Contrast Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Modulation Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Defects Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Decodability Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Quiet Zone Grade (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Symbol Contrast Value (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Rmin (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
• (Scan Lines 1 – 10) Rmax (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
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(Scan Lines 1 – 10) Minimum Edge Contrast Value (%) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
(Scan Lines 1 – 10) Modulation Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
(Scan Lines 1 – 10) Defects Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
(Scan Lines 1 – 10) Decodability Value (x100) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
(Scan Lines 1 – 10) Quiet Zone Start Value (X-dim) (Compatible with the double data type)
(Scan Lines 1 – 10) Quiet Zone Stop Value (X-dim) (Compatible with the double data type)
Rmin (%) (Compatible with the double data type)
Rmax (%) (Compatible with the double data type)
X Dimension (mil) (Compatible with the sint32 data type)
X Dimension (mm) (Compatible with the double data type)
X Dimension (pixels) (Compatible with the double data type)
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Process Control and Verification for 1D Symbologies
This section describes the differences between process control and true verification of 1D
symbols, as well as detailed verification requirements, hardware configuration, and lighting
suggestions.
Process Control
Simple process control requires you to decide what is necessary for your application so
you can produce marks that can be read reliably. The Vision MINI, Vision MINI Xi, and
Vision HAWK with built-in lens and lighting can be used for process control.
To use the Vision MINI, Vision MINI Xi, or Vision HAWK for process control:
• You may need to set up the camera at an angle to the part to avoid specular reflection
from the built-in light.
• You may or may not need to calibrate the camera.
• You may need to turn off certain parameters in AutoVISION’s Custom Verification
editor for marks to pass.
• You may need to change exposure time and gain to create good contrast. An example is
black print on dark cardboard.
• You may need to turn on Signal Compensation.
Process control can help ensure that you create reliable marks. They do not, however,
ensure that the mark is certified against a standard.
Process control is best used to produce a grade of “Good”, “Fair”, or “Poor” to indicate
when the marking process is out of spec for your application.
Verification
Verification ensures that a mark is certified against a specific standard. The camera must
be calibrated and must have correct optics and lighting. The algorithm fully conforms to
the ISO standards. All verification parameters must be enabled. Marks that are verified
with a fully conforming system can be sent out with a report certifying them.
To achieve true verification, the following must be observed:
• The camera must be positioned perpendicular to the surface on which the symbol is
marked. See Proper Camera and Light Configuration.
• For linear symbols, a diffuse floodlight must be mounted at a 45º angle from the perpendicular.
If anything other than 45º is used, it must be stated in the Verification Settings.
• The standard requires measurements to be made using the wavelength of light which
the intended scanning environment will use. The wavelength must also be stated in the
Verification Settings.
• The setup must be shielded from ambient light.
• The unit must be calibrated since Reflectance measurements must be expressed in
percentage terms that are calibrated to a recognized international standard (i.e. a calibrated
conformance test card.)
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Additional suggestions to ensure true verification:
• True verification requires an undistorted image, so a good lens must be used. Typically
this is a C-Mount lens with a high Resolution Requirements.
• There should be enough pixel resolution per narrow bar that the blackest value of the
narrow bar is roughly equal to the blackest value of the thickest bar. The same goes for
the spaces. This requires at least 5 pixels per element, preferably 8. Failure to do this
will result in errors including Modulation errors. See Resolution Requirements.
• The floodlight must be large enough that the background and foreground gray values
are perfectly even across the symbol. Failure to do this will cause problems with Modulation,
but may also cause problems with Contrast and Reflectance.
Lighting
Optics and lighting are the key to successful 1D verification. Microscan offers a number of
light setups that can be used for 1D verification. The choice of the light depends on the
size of the mark.
Pharmalite Option
For symbols up to 50 mm long, Microscan offers the Pharmalite. It consists of two 100 mm
long rows of white LEDs and a bracket that can be mated to any Microscan camera. The
first image shows it with an integrated Vision HAWK. The second shows it with a C-Mount lens.
Pharmalite kit and cable required to power the Pharmalite using a QX-1:
98-000228-01 KIT, SMART SERIES PHARMA, WHITE, DARK FIELD
61-000204-01 CABLE, POWER, SMART SERIES-TO-QX-1, CONTINUOUS
You can also use the following cable with GigE or Vision MINI cameras and power it with
your own 24V source:
61-000186-01 CABLE, 5 PIN M12 CONNECTOR, FEMALE-TO-FLYING LEADS, 3M
Note: When sourcing a C-Mount lens, you will likely need a 2 mm spacer so that you can
focus the lens up close.
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Edge-to-Edge Backlight Option
Intended for symbols up to 100-125 mm long. The 50 x 200 mm Edge-to-Edge diffuse
backlight kit consists of a light, extension cable, and power supply. Red, white, blue and
infrared options are available.
Red LED option:
NER-011659600G NERLITE, 50 x 200 MM, RED, BACKLIGHT, 24V CONTINUOUS, 150 MM, M12
Extension cable and power supply:
NER-011504100 DSP60, 24VDC, 2.5A, DIN MOUNT, POWER SUPPLY
NER-030029100 CABLE, NERLITE, M12 CONNECTOR, 5 PIN-TO-FLYING LEADS
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MAX 300 Option
For even larger symbols up to 200 mm long, Microscan offers the MAX 300. This is a 300
mm large area array light. Its kit consists of a light, extension cable, and power supply.
Red, white, and blue options are available.
Red LED option with cable required to power the light using a QX-1:
NER-011660300G NERLITE, MAX 300, RED, NARROW, M12 CONNECTOR
61-000204-01 CABLE, POWER, SMART SERIES-TO-QX-1
You can also use the following cable with GigE or Vision MINI cameras and power it with
your own 24V source:
61-000186-01 CABLE, 5 PIN M12 FEMALE TO FLYING LEADS, 3M
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Proper Camera and Light Configuration
Below is the required setup for 1D verification as detailed in the ISO 15416 specification.
The correct ISO 15416 symbol verification setup includes an illumination source that is
uniform across the symbol area at a 45 degree angle to the surface, and in a plane containing
the illumination source that is perpendicular to the surface and parallel to the bars of the
1D symbol. The configuration also includes a camera whose axis is perpendicular to the
symbol surface.
The light reflected from a circular sample area of the symbol surface is collected in a cone
formation with a vertex angle of 15 degrees, centered on the perpendicular to the surface,
through a circular measuring aperture with a diameter of 1:1 magnification which is
equivalent to that of the sample area (the area containing the 1D symbol).
The angles of the configuration described above minimize specular reflection and maximize
diffuse reflection from the symbol. This configuration is intended to provide a reference
for measurement consistency.
1 = Image Sensor
2 = Aperture at 1:1 Magnification (such that measurement A is equal to measurement B)
3 = Light Baffle
4 = Symbol Surface
5 = Illumination Source
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Resolution Requirements
Of all verification parameters, the most difficult test to pass using machine vision is Modulation.
This is because the scan brightness profile typically shows narrow spaces as being less
bright than wide spaces, and narrow bars as being less dark than wide bars. The reasons
for this have to do with resolution, optics, focus, and lighting used for verification.
The first figure below demonstrates this problem. Gray values for wide white bars are 210-230
where they are only 150 for narrow white bars. Gray values for wide black bars are 20,
while they are 60-70 for narrow black bars.
The second figure below shows how adequate resolution resolves this. Gray values for
both wide and narrow white bars are 210-230. Gray values for wide and narrow black bars
are 20-30.
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Inspection Outputs
The Inspection Outputs Tool is used to communicate the results of your inspection to the
outside world. You can output results via Digital I/O, or as string data sent via the Serial
port or the Ethernet port (via TCP/IP).
Inspection Outputs allow you to:
• Connect the Digital I/O of the camera to the results of your job;
• Produce a formatted string from the inspection data and send it out the Serial or Ethernet port.
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Digital Outputs
There are three outputs (Output 1, Output 2, Output 3) that can be assigned to report
inspection status.
Note: Outputs only function when a camera is connected.
Outputs 1, 2, and 3 are shown on the top of the Vision HAWK, where LEDs indicate output status:
Digital Outputs can be configured for all three outputs on the Digital Outputs tab of the
Inspection Outputs tool.
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Inspection
• Inspection Passed: Activates the output if the inspection passes. The pass state can
be connected to any tool in the job for output.
• Inspection Failed: Activates the output if the inspection fails. The fail state can be
connected to any tool in the job for output.
• Inspection Done: Pulses the I/O point at the end of each inspection cycle. The length of
the pulse is user-configurable. The default pulse length is 10ms.
Pulse Mode
When an output is connected to the state of a tool or to the overall inspection, you have the
option of changing the behavior of the output via Pulse Mode. Output 1 is connected to the
"Inspection Passed" state in the example below. This brings up the Mode dropdown menu.
• Latched: This is the default. The output state is set at the end of the inspection cycle,
and that state will remain latched until the end of the next inspection cycle when this
output is updated again.
• Pulsed: The output state is set at the end of the inspection cycle and a timer is started.
When the timer expires, the output is reset to its default state (Off if “Active High” is
selected in the State dropdown menu, On if “Active Low” is selected). When Pulsed is
selected in the Mode dropdown menu, a new “Pulse Width” parameter becomes visible
as shown in the example below. This parameter allows you to set the width of the pulse
in milliseconds.
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Active State
When an output is connected to the state of a tool or to the overall inspection, you have
the option of changing the active state of the output via the State setting.
• Active High: The normal state of the output is open (low), and it transitions to a closed
(high) state whenever it is activated.
• Active Low: The normal state of the output is closed (high), and it transitions to an open
(low) state whenever it is activated.
Camera
• Picture Done: The I/O point is off while the image is being acquired, on when the acquisition
is complete.
• Expose Done: Turns the I/O point off while the image sensor is being exposed, and on
when the exposure is complete. On an indexing machine, it is safe to move your part
when the exposure is complete. Note that acquisition is not complete at this point.
• Trigger Overrun: Turns on to indicate an error condition in which the camera has been
triggered while already in the process of acquiring an image.
• Process Overrun: Turns on to indicate the error condition in which the camera is being
triggered at a rate that is faster than the speed of the inspection. If the camera is triggered
and the previous inspection cycle has not completed, a new image will be acquired and
that image buffer will be put into a queue until the camera is ready to process it. If the
trigger rate is too high, the number of buffers in this queue may steadily increase until
the camera eventually runs out of buffers, and this is when a Process Overrun occurs.
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TCP / Serial Output
TCP/Serial Output options allow you to:
• Select Serial or TCP ports for output
• Specify the decimal places for measurement tool output
• Output up to four different tool report fields and five text fields.
• Use special non-printable characters to format TCP/Serial Output.
Hint: To reset any output string
value to Not Connected, click
the X to the right of the value
you want to disconnect.
Note: When using AutoVISION's Emulator, you can use your TCP connection to view data output.
Special Non-Printable Characters in TCP/Serial Output
TCP/Serial Output accepts the following special characters, which can be used to configure
the output string:
\a bell
\b backspace
\f form feed
\n new line
\r carriage return
\t horizontal tab
\v vertical tab
\’ single quote
\x022 double quote ( ” )
\? question mark
\ooo three digit octal notation ASCII value, i.e. \145 = 'e'
\x0hh hexadecimal notation ASCII value, i.e. \0x04C = 'L'
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Viewing TCP Output
When you have configured how you want data to be output over TCP, run the job in a tryout
loop or click the Run view to begin data output.
Here is how to view output using the TCP connection and AutoVISION’s Emulator:
• While the tryout loop or the job is running, open Run from the Start Menu in Windows.
• Type cmd in the text field. This will bring up the Windows command line interface.
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• At the prompt, type telnet 127.0.0.1 4921x (where 'x' = the TCP port number - for example,
49211, 49212, 49213, etc.) and Enter.
Note: 127.0.0.1 means "this computer".
Important: If you are connected to a camera, type telnet [camera’s IP address] 4921x
(where ‘x’ = the TCP port number – 49211 to 49215) and Enter.
• After you type Enter you will be connected to a Telnet session that shows data output as
it was formatted on AutoVISION's TCP/Serial Output tab.
Inspection Output
The following parameter output can be linked using Microscan Link:
• Status: Pass/Fail (Compatible with the bool data type)
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Microscan Link
AutoVISION allows you to link tool parameters to tags within the Global Data Service
(GDS). This makes it possible to "set and get" the parameter values via any GDS-supported
protocol, including serial, TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP, and PROFINET I/O.
Link Buttons
Link buttons appear throughout the editing views of AutoVISION. Linkable output parameters
all have a Microscan Link icon displayed next to them.
Example:
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Microscan Link
Clicking a link icon displays the Link Menu for that parameter:
The Link Menu shows the names of compatible GDS tags. For example, the Min Blob Size
parameter is an integer, so it can be linked to integers and longs.
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The Link buttons for tool outputs appear in the right column of a tool within the tool list:
Hovering the mouse over any link button identifies its associated parameter as shown below:
Clicking the link button displays the link menu populated with GDS tags of a compatible
type. Once a parameter is linked, the background of the link button turns green:
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Microscan Link
Link Menus
The Link Menu displays the compatible GDS tags to which the parameter can be linked.
At the top of the menu is a dropdown that acts as a filter limiting the choices available.
• The first option, Generic, filters the list to include all 200 Generic tags.
• The second option, EIP In, filters the list to include only items that can be accessed via
the EIP input assembly.
• The third option, EIP Out, filters the list to include only items that can be accessed via
the EIP output assembly.
• The fourth option, PROFINET In, filters the list to include only items that can be
accessed via a PROFINET I/O input slot.
• The fifth and final option, PROFINET Out, filters the list to include only items that can be
accessed via a PROFINET I/O output slot.
The list displays icons representing which protocols can access the particular item.
The currently active protocol – the protocol that has been enabled on the selected device
– is highlighted with a green rectangle as shown above.
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If the parameter has already been linked at the time the Link Menu is shown, an additional
Unlink button appears at the top:
Clicking the Unlink button will remove the existing link.
An icon representing the corresponding tool appears next to any GDS tags that have
already been linked. Hovering the mouse over the icon shows information about the tool it
represents.
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Data Navigator
The Data Navigator is a utility window that can be shown by clicking the link icon shown
below or by typing the keyboard combination Ctrl + D. It allows you to browse the information
stored in AutoVISION’s Global Data Service (GDS).
At the top of the Data Navigator are buttons that show different views.
The Tools button shows the GDS information for each tool in the job.
The Job Tags button shows a summary of the GDS links in the current job.
The Data Tags button shows GDS information about the various EIP services.
The Data Navigator can be shown while editing and also running a job. When displayed
during Run mode, only the Data Tags button is visible.
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Tools View
The Tools View is shown when you click the Tools button:
This view shows a summary of all of the linkable parameters for all the tools in the job. A
typical tools view is shown here:
Each tool within the job is shown much as it would be shown in the tool list. For each tool,
the icon, tool name, current output, status are shown. There is a right arrow button to the
right of the tool status icon that allows you to "drill down" to further information about the
tool. For example, drilling down on Measure1 shows the following:
Important: For the Decode,
OCR, Measure, and Symbol
Quality Verification Tools, the
Data Navigator Outputs list
shows additional linkable
outputs that are not shown in
the main user interface.
Check the Data Navigator to
ensure that you are aware of
all possible linkable outputs
for these tools.
The header of this view shows the current tool and also a button to "drill up" or return to
the previous view.
The parameters are displayed in a categorized list, along with GDS type and path information.
The current value is also shown, but cannot be altered from this view. A link button is
shown for any linkable parameters.
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Data Tags View
The Data Tags View is shown when you click the Data Tags button:
This view shows information from the point-of-view of the industrial protocol services.
These include viewing the EIP explicit input and output assemblies, items accessible via
explicit EIP messages, and items accessible via PROFINET I/O input and output slots.
A typical example is shown here:
In the above example, the display is filtered to show only integers which are part of the EIP
input assembly.
Each assembly item is shown along with its offset within the assembly, its size, and its links.
Each of the links is shown, along with an Unlink button:
If more than one parameter is linked to the same location, a list of those parameters is shown:
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Job Tags View
The Job Tags View is shown when you click the Job Tags button:
Each of the parameters that have been linked in the job are shown here, categorized by
the tool to which they belong.
The items are displayed as follows:
Each tool that contains links is shown as a section header, along with its icon and GDS
path. Within each tool section, each of the linked parameters is shown, along with its GDS
path, current value, and a link button. The link button can be used as always – i.e., it displays
a Link Menu with which one can change the link assignment or unlink the parameter. The
value display within each item permits text entry, so a new value can be assigned to the
linked parameter.
The following example shows how changing the Minimum Blob Size to 40 within the Data
Navigator window writes the data to the linked parameter within the job, which then
appears as the value in the parameter panel.
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Terminal
To access the Terminal, type Ctrl + T on the keyboard. The following view will appear:
The Terminal can be used to send serial commands.
At the top of the Terminal is a field where commands can be typed. There are also two buttons:
Clear Display
Send Entered Command to Currently Selected Device
Typing the Enter key on the keyboard will also send the command.
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Setting a Match String with Terminal
Type a SET command followed by the string shown below:
If the SET command is successful, the response will be !OK followed by an echo of the
command.
If the command is not successful, the response will be !ERROR followed by text describing
the error.
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Terminal
The following illustrates how to GET the value of “matchstring1”:
The response for a GET command returns just the value if the command succeeds. There
is no beginning !OK, as in the SET command. However, an error condition will always
begin with !ERROR.
The HELP command shows a list of the supported serial commands and their syntax:
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Serial Commands
Serial commands can be sent via TCP (Telnet) port, AutoVISION Terminal, or HyperTerminal.
Serial Command Syntax
< > = Required argument. Replace appropriately.
For example:
-u <DB_User_name> becomes -u av where av replaces DB_User_name.
| = Mutually exclusive arguments. Choose one from the list.
{ } = Used with | to specify a list of choices for an argument.
[ ] = Optional parameter.
Important: Unless otherwise stated, commands will respond with !OK on success and
!ERROR on failure.
GETIMAGE <-transfer=ymodem> [-format={jpg|png}] [-quality={0-100}]
[-woi=left,top,right,bottom] [-inspection=n]
Initiates serial transfer of inspection image (RS-232 only).
Note: This command always returns the last (most recent) image.
-transfer=ymodem is currentlynot optional - only Ymodem protocol is supported.
-format={jpg|png} specifies the format of the image. If omitted, the image format is JPG.
-quality=n specifies a JPG compression quality of n less than or equal to 100. The default
quality is 80 if not specified.
Note: The PNG format provides lossless image compression. If format is set to PNG, the
quality setting does not apply.
woi=left,top,right,bottom specifies a rectangular area of the image to be included in the
output image. If omitted, the full image buffer is returned.
-inspection=n specifies the inspection from which to retrieve an image. The image will be
from the first snapshot within that inspection. If not specified, the image will be from the
first inspection that does contain a snapshot.
The following example will retrieve an image from the camera with these settings: Protocol:
ymodem; Format: png; Quality: N/A; Inspection: second inspection.
GETIMAGE –transfer=ymodem –format=png –inspection=2
The following example will retrieve an image from the camera with these settings: Protocol:
ymodem; Format: jpg (default); Quality: 50; Inspection: first inspection (default).
GETIMAGE –transfer=ymodem –quality=50
ONLINE
Starts all inspections.
OFFLINE
Stops all inspections.
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TRIGGER
Triggers an inspection.
vt [n]
Triggers an inspection by pulsing a Virtual I/O point.
For example:
vt 1
will return pulse VIO1. The inspection will run if it is configured to use VIO 1 as a trigger.
If specified, the VIO index must be in the allowed range for Virtual I/O points within
Visionscape. The virtual I/O line will be set high then low.
If VIO Index is not specified, VIO1 is assumed.
Fail Return: Return !ERROR followed by the reason for the failure.
For example:
!ERROR No such trigger
when the index specified ‘n’ is out of range of virtual triggers.
REBOOT [-noload]
Reboots the device.
-noload = do not load BOOT job.
MEMAVAIL [-cp]
Returns available memory for device or coprocessor.
MEMCONTIG [-cp]
Returns maximum memory block for device or coprocessor.
MEMFRAGS [-cp]
Returns memory fragments for device or coprocessor.
MEMINFO [-cp] [-v]
Returns memory summary “avail/contig/frags” for device or coprocessor. Verbose.
VERSION
Returns Visionscape software version.
JOBSAVE [-slot=]<n>
Saves current job to slot n.
JOBLOAD [-slot=]<n> [-r]
Loads job from slot n.
-r = Start inspections.
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JOBDELETE {[-slot=]n|-all}
Deletes job in slot n, or all jobs if -all.
Important: Does not delete the current job loaded in camera memory.
JOBINFO [[-slot=]n] [-v]
Gets job summary or info about slot n.
JOBINFO with no arguments returns a list of all jobs on the device.
-v = Verbose n. This option shows the amount of space that would be freed if the job were
deleted. It also lists the total disk space and free disk space.
JOBBOOT [-slot=]<n>
Sets bootup job slot n (RS-232 only).
JOBDOWNLOAD <-transfer=ymodem>
Downloads .avz job packaged via transfer method (RS-232 only).
SET <tagname> <value>
Sets value of a global tag.
The tagname must correspond to one of the supported tags within the device.
The value can contain spaces.
The command is terminated by a carriage return and/or line feed character.
The value can be a list of comma-separated items to set a sequence of tags:
Send SET int1 1, 2, 3 to set int1 = 1, int2 = 2, int3 = 3.
The AVP service allows setting of step and datum information from the job tree using forward
slash ‘/’ in the symbolic name path. SET avp/insp1/snapshot1/acq1/gain 2.0 paths are
not case-sensitive and do not need to be fully qualified if unique.
SET avp/acq1/gain 2.0 will set the same gain value if there is only one acquire.
Control tags in the AVP service such as START, STOP, and TRIGGER act as momentary
switches. SET avp.start 1 is equivalent to the ONLINE command. avp.start will reset
immediately and always read as 0.
Success Return: On success will return !OK followed by an echo of the command.
For example:
!OK SET matchstring1
Fail Return: On failure will return !ERROR followed by the reason for the failure.
For example:
!ERROR Tag matchstring66 not found
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GET {tagname|service|service.tagname}
Gets value of a global tag.
The tagname must correspond to one of the supported tags within the device.
The command is terminated by a carriage return and/or line feed character.
Include an index to get a single value from an array such as GET int1. If the index is omitted, the full array of values will be returned in a comma-separated list of values.
Send Get {tagname|service.tagname|service} to get the value of a tag within the global
data service. To get the value of a tag within another service, prefix the tagname with the
service name. For example, a GET <service.tagname> command such as GET eip.input
for the EIP input assembly.
The AVP service allows retrieval of step and datum information from the job tree using forward slash ‘/’ in the symbolic name path. GET avp/insp1/snapshot1/status paths are not
case-sensitive and do not need to be fully qualified if unique.
GET avp/snapshot1/status will return the same result if there is only one inspection.
When issued against a step, GET avp/snapshot1 will return the values for all datums.
Success Return: On success will return the value stored in the tag.
For example:
ABCD
Fail Return: On failure will return !ERROR followed by the reason for the failure.
For example:
!ERROR Tag matchstring66 not found
INFO [tagname|service]
Gets information about a tag or service.
INFO with no arguments gets a list of services.
INFO <service> gets a list of tags in that service.
INFO <service.tagname> gets attributes of the tag as well as a list of subtags.
The AVP service allows retrieval of step and datum information from the job tree using
forward slash ‘/’ in the symbolic name path. INFO avp/insp1/snapshot1/status paths are
not case-sensitive and do not need to be fully qualified if unique.
INFO avp/snapshot1/status will return the same result if there is only one inspection.
When issued against a step, INFO avp/snapshot1 returns properties of the step, a list of
child datums, and a list of child steps. Child steps are indicated by a trailing forward slash.
QUERYAUTOCAL
Returns photometry settings: Gain, Exposure, and Focus.
AUTOCAL
Performs automatic calibration of photometry settings: Gain, Exposure, and Focus.
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TARGET {0|1|off|on}
Turns targeting LEDs On or Off.
target 1 = Turn Target On
target 0 = Turn Target Off
CHECKSUM {BOOT | KERNEL | BOOTPARAM}
Gets a checksum on an individual part of the system.
HELP
Returns a list of all serial commands showing correct syntax and functionality descriptions.
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Contents
Run Overview ............................................................................................................................... 5-2
Image Display Options.................................................................................................................. 5-3
Image Saving Options .................................................................................................................. 5-4
Inspection Statistics ...................................................................................................................... 5-5
This section describes the various elements of AutoVISION’s Run view.
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Run Overview
The Run view is a monitoring interface with real-time information, the ability to save
images, and the ability to configure how images are displayed.
This view allows you to monitor current inspection status, and features image saving
options (Save No Images, Save All Images, Save Failed Images, or Save Passed
Images) as well as image display options.
Move Inspection
Statistics and Tool
List below or to
right of main view
Image Zoom Controls
Stop Job
Run Job
Send a trigger to
the device (Sensor
1, Digital 1, Virtual
1, or any Serial
Trigger)
Job Switching
Inspection
Statistics
Image Saving Options
Image Display Options
Tool List
The following sections describe Image Display Options and Image Saving Options in
greater detail.
Important: Triggering from AutoVISION is intended for testing only and results in significant
processing time variation. Use the actual trigger source for actual timing values.
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Image Display Options
Image Display Options allow you to choose which images to display and how to display
them. You can also determine how many images to display per second, or choose to
show tool graphics (boundary ROIs or OCR characters, for example).
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Image Saving Options
Image Saving Options allow you to determine which kinds of images to save and where
to save them. Select the folder where you want to save the images on your PC, and
choose whether you want AutoVISION to save no images, all images, only failed images,
or only passed images. You can also choose whether to display the images with graphics
that show results of tool processes (boundary ROIs or OCR characters, for example) or to
save the images without those graphics.
Note: Save No Images is selected by default at startup.
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Inspection Statistics
The Run view provides the following statistics:
• Inspection Counts: Displays the number of parts inspected, passed and rejected;
• Inspection Timing Statistics: Displays statistics on the speed of your inspection;
• Tool Results: Shows the Pass/Fail status and inspection data from each of your tools.
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Upgrades
Contents
Updating Firmware ....................................................................................................................... 6-2
Camera License Upgrade ............................................................................................................ 6-6
This section describes how to upgrade your camera's firmware using AutoVISION's
Device Firmware Update feature, and how to upgrade your camera for use with
Microscan's Visionscape software.
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Updating Firmware
AutoVISION’s simple Device Firmware Update feature makes it easy to download and
install firmware on your camera.
To download and install firmware:
• Navigate to Windows Start Menu > Programs > Microscan AutoVISION > Device
Firmware Update.
• After you click Device Firmware Update, the Smart Camera Firmware Update Tool will appear.
Select your camera from the Please Select a Smart Camera to Update dropdown menu.
Note: Only cameras on the same network as your PC will be visible in this menu.
• Once you have selected your camera, its identifying details, such as Model, Firmware
Version, MAC Address, IP Address, Status, and PC Version will be displayed.
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• Select the desired version of firmware from the Select the Firmware Version dropdown
menu. This menu will list all the firmware versions on your PC.
Note: The firmware versions shown below are representative examples and may not
necessarily reflect what you see on the dropdown menu.
• Click the Update Firmware button.
• A dialog will appear asking Are you sure you wish to update this camera? Click Yes.
• If a username and password have been defined for the camera, a second dialog will
then appear prompting you for your username and password.
Important: The username and password are both case-sensitive. Click OK after you
have entered your username and password to begin the download and install process.
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Updating Firmware
The firmware update process may take more than a minute for the Vision MINI or Vision
MINI Xi and several minutes for the Vision HAWK.
Once the firmware is downloaded and installed, the camera will reboot.
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• When the entire firmware update process is complete, click the Exit button to close the utility.
Firmware Compatibility
Note that the camera’s firmware version must match the version of Visionscape being
used to manipulate a job on the PC. The following dialog will appear if the firmware and
software versions do not match.
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Camera License Upgrade
Camera License Upgrade
Some advanced AutoVISION features can only be accessed if your camera has the correct
license. The following features require a license:
• Visionscape access – allows your camera to be accessed from Visionscape FrontRunner
or from a custom user interface;
• The OCV Tool and Symbol Quality Verification Tool.
If you require one of these licenses, you can automatically generate a request by clicking
the License Options button.
Or right-click on the camera image and select Upgrade Camera:
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The following dialog will then appear, allowing you to choose an upgrade to Visionscape
or an upgrade to a Verification and OCV Tools license, or allowing you to enter the
license key if you already have it. If you select Visionscape or Verification and OCV Tools
an ALR file (AutoVISION License Request) is generated. That file must be attached to an
e-mail that you can then send to your Microscan Partner. You can also save the ALR file to
your PC and then e-mail it to your Partner from a different PC.
If you click E-mail Request Now, a message similar to the one below will be generated.
Send the message to your Microscan Partner to purchase the upgrade.
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If you click Create Request File (I'll E-mail It Later), the following dialog will appear,
providing instructions for how to request the upgrade from your Microscan Partner.
Once you receive the key from your Microscan Partner, you can enter it in text field shown
below to upgrade the camera.
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You will receive this error message if the license key is not valid:
You will receive this message if the license key is valid and the camera is successfully upgraded.
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Licensing the OCV and Symbol Quality Verification Tools
The OCV Tool and Symbol Quality Verification Tool can be used in the Emulator, but for
use with a camera, both tools require a license. The license can be purchased using the
Upgrade License feature.
When you try to download a job with unlicensed tools to the camera, the Unlicensed
Tools dialog will appear:
If you click Cancel, the job will still be editable and can be saved to your PC, but not
downloaded to the camera.
If you click Upgrade, the following upgrade dialog will appear. This dialog allows you to
select which upgrades to purchase, to create and e-mail an upgrade request to your
Microscan Partner, and to enter the license key if you already have it.
Note: The Verification and OCV Tools license must be purchased in order to download
those tools.
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7 Example Job:
Gasket Inspection
Contents
Start Gasket Job ........................................................................................................................... 7-2
Add Measure Tool ........................................................................................................................ 7-3
Add Three Presence/Absence Tools ............................................................................................ 7-4
Report Gasket Inspection Status and Gasket Height ................................................................... 7-5
Run the Gasket Job ...................................................................................................................... 7-6
This section demonstrates some of AutoVISION’s tools and output capabilities in action.
The purpose of the vision job in this example is to verify the following elements of an
automotive gasket:
• Cut size
• Presence of bolt holes
• Correct size of center hole
and then to report the inspection status and gasket height.
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Start Gasket Job
Start Gasket Job
• Select the Emulator from the Select Device menu in the Connect view.
• Create a new job and proceed to the Edit view.
• Select the directory in which the image you want to inspect is stored (in this example, an
image of an automotive gasket). Click the folder icon to the left of the Camera tool. This
will bring up the Browse For Folder dialog. Click on the folder containing the images
you want to inspect, and then click OK.
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Add Measure Tool
Add a Measure Tool to check the height of the gasket.
Set the following Measure Tool parameters:
• Function: Height Measurement, Light Background to Dark Object
• Edge Quality: A Little Rough, Not Always Straight
• Set tolerances to accept good cuts but reject bad cuts
Hint: Double-click on the name of the tool (Measure1) in the tool list on the left side of
the interface to re-name the tool.
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Add Three Presence/Absence Tools
Add Three Presence/Absence Tools
Add two Presence/Absence Tools: one for each of the gasket's two smaller holes.
Set the following Presence/Absence Tool parameters:
• Adjust Threshold to look for light pixels.
• Adjust Limits so the tool fails when no hole is present.
Add a third Presence/Absence Tool to measure the size of the gasket's center hole.
• Adjust Threshold to look for light pixels.
• Adjust Limits so the tool fails when the hole is too small.
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Report Gasket Inspection Status and Gasket Height
Click on Inspection Outputs in the job list to report inspection status and gasket height.
Set the following output parameters:
• Use TCP/Serial Output for Emulator testing.
• Add formatting around inspection status and measurement value.
• Telnet to 127.0.0.1 to check the data format.
Note: See TCP/Serial Output for a description of how to use Telnet to view TCP output.
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Run the Gasket Job
Run the Gasket Job
Click on the Run section of the Navigator Bar to begin the job. The Run view allows you to
watch the total number of inspections that pass and fail, as well as other data such as
Cycles, PPM (Parts Per Minute), Buffers used, and Overruns.
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