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Connecting to an In-Sight Vision System or Sensor
Bryon Sol posted a question in In-Sight Vision SystemsOften with new In-Sight Vision Systems or Vision Sensors, or ones that have been on the shop floor for a while, you find that you can't connect to the system. You may forget what the IP Address is of the camera, or if it's new it comes set to DHCP and you can't get connected. The steps below will help you get connected. We recommend in order to simplify the setup, use hard-wired Ethernet from your PC to a simple Ethernet Switch and nothing else. The reason for this is to make sure that we don't have any address conflicts and that simple communications can work. Do not use a router, or a managed switch, just a simple unmanaged switch. Typically we could also go directly from the PC to the camera without the switch, but some older PCs do not have auto-crossover hardware whereas most switches these days do allow for this. Step 1: Connect your PC and camera to a stand alone network switch, use the wired network port of your PC. Step 2: Set a Static IP Address for the PC's Ethernet Port This depends greatly on your operating system how you get to the list of network adapters. But in the end we typically want to get to "Network Connections" In most Windows operating systems once you get to Control Panel, go to Network and Sharing Center, then "Change adapter Settings", you should see a screen something like this with your various network adapters. Right Click on Ethernet (or whatever your wired network adapter is) and select Properties. Next select the IPV4 line and click Properties again. Set the IP address to a static address. Most companies will use 192.168.0.X or 192.168.1.X for their company network, some will use the 172.16.X.X range and some will use the 10.X.X.X range. We just want to pick something that does not conflict with your company network. Often a 192.168.3.X address will work, so for our example we will use 192.168.3.100 So your settings will look like this: After you click OK, you will now have a static IP Address on your PC. Step 3: Open In-Sight Explorer Step 4: Click on Get Connected Step 5: If you see the camera in the list, you can select it and click Connect, but most likely it will not be there, so you will need to click Add Step 6: Decide if you want to change the Camera's IP Address or your PC, and set the appropriate device's IP Address. The Camera will show up in the list, if you select it you will see it's IP Address. If the camera is part of a working machine, you want to change your PC's IP address to be in the same range as the camera, so go back to Step 2. If the camera is new or not part of a working machine, then it's okay to change it's address as shown below. Step 7: Go back to Get Connected and select the camera and connect!
29 downloadsThe attached file shows how to connect a Cognex In-Sight camera to an IAI SEL controller via TCP/IP to send position information and other information from the camera to the IAI SEL Controller. Please Note! With the new RA/SA/RAX/SAX/RAXD/SAXD and RSEL controllers. The IP address and subnet of the controller needs to be set in parameters 172-179 instead of 132-139 as indicated in the document.
Cognex In-Sight 3D-L4000
Paul Rice posted a blog entry in News & AnnouncementsInnovative system brings the power of 3D inspections to In-Sight The In-Sight 3D-L4000 is a breakthrough in three-dimensional (3D) vision technology. This unique vision system combines 3D laser displacement technology with a smart camera allowing factory engineers to quickly, accurately, and cost effectively solve a wide variety of inspections. The patented speckle-free blue laser optics, an industry first, acquires high quality 3D images and on-board high-performance processing powers a comprehensive set of true 3D vision tools, without the need for external processing. 3D vision tools are set up as easily as 2D vision tools thanks to the familiar and robust In-Sight spreadsheet environment. Better image formation in real-world settings The 3D-L4000 series’ patented, speckle-free blue laser optical system enables the vision system to capture higher quality images than traditional laser displacement sensors. A robust collection of true 3D vision tools The In-Sight 3D-L4000 allows users to place vision tools directly on a true 3D image of the part, unlike typical 3D systems which transform its 3D images into a representational 2D height map for basic tool processing. True 3D inspections increase the accuracy of results and expands the types of inspections that can be performed. Better yet, because inspections are in 3D, users can immediately experience how the vision tools operate on the actual part or component. The 3D-L4000 includes all the traditional 3D measurement tools users expect such as plane and height finding. However, it also comes with a full suite of 3D vision tools, designed from the ground up to leverage inspections in a true 3D space. Further, these vision tools were created with the simplicity of 2D in mind making them more accessible to the user. Learn More About Cognex
How do I enable the Emulator in In-Sight Explorer?
Bryon Sol posted a question in In-Sight Vision SystemsDownload and install the the version of InSight Explorer that matches the firmware on your camera. https://support.cognex.com/en/downloads/in-sight/software-firmware If you are unsure which version you need, get the latest and greatest, then you can use it to determine what firmware you are running and therefore what version of software you should be running as the two should always match. After installing InSight Explorer, you will need to get your Emulator License: Open InSight Explorer Using the pull-down menu at the top: -> System -> Options From the dialog box, choose “Emulation” Copy “Offline Programming Reference” to the clipboard Go To http://www.cognex.com At the top right create an account, or if you already have one, log in. Open this web page - https://support.cognex.com/en/InsightEmulatorKey Enter a value for "Company Name" and paste your Offline Programming Reference key into the entry field. Click “Get Key” Copy the provided “Offline Programming Key” Paste this key back in your InSight Explorer dialog box for “Offline Programming Key” Click Apply Click Okay Restart InSight Explorer You should be all set!
7 downloadsThe attached file shows how to connect a Mitsubishi iQ-R or iQ-F series PLC to a Cognex In-Sight Vision System via MC Protocol Scanner. Similar methodology can be used for the iQ-F series, L series and Q series PLCs and with slight modifications also the FX3 series PLCs. This includes libraries for FX5 and iQ-R for CameraStatus and CameraControl blocks.