B&R’s new Smart Camera links a wide range of image processing tasks in real time. For example, if different product variants are being manufactured on a machine at the same time, the camera can use just one image to check which variant is involved and whether the packaging print is in order. Since the process variables of the controller are seamlessly integrated into these sequences, decisions can be derived from them in real time. The application creator virtually wires the individual image processing functions of the smart camera in a graphical editor, which means that complex programming work is not necessary. Because of the complete integration into the B&R system, even complex tasks can be linked and synchronized with the processes of a controller in just a few minutes.
The 2020 Mars Rover mission will have 23 cameras on board. Descent cameras will help pilot the rover’s descent to the Martian surface. Engineering cameras will allow the rover to navigate the rocks and dust that cover the planet. And finally, scientific cameras will make observations and help collect samples.