Choosing high speed cameras for production line fault finding presents a few challenges. Frame rate and resolution are not very demanding (for modern camera), but in addition environmental factors, a few other factors should be considered.
Most high speed cameras record to a short buffer which requires triggering. This trigger could be supplied from a PLC, so the system could be left alone with no operator. However, once the camera has triggered, and the images are being reviewed or downloaded, the next event might be missed.
There are two ways of ensuring that multiple events can be captured. Firstly, record for long periods of time. The X-Stream Cameras such as the XStream Stick, XStream Mini and the XS II stream images direct to a PC, so we have that covered, but that means having very long sequences to trawl through looking for the events of interest.
If your production line is a canning or bottling line, it’s likely that you camera might get wet. We have many waterproof models.
ur cameras are extremely light sensitive, but many parts of production machines are dimly lit, so extra lights are likely to be be needed. As we also manufacture LED lighting, we can match the ideal light source for your fault finding system.
A standard 240V power source may not be very local in a production area. Being low power (cameras and LED lights), using an extension cable to power all components is one solution. However, many IDT cameras are capable of being battery powered, as are some LED lights, so the need for mains power may not even be needed.
Portability and speed of set up is the key for a useful factory based camera system. Many cameras now can be controlled from our phone app – MotionPad.
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