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Dalsa Corporation has announced the availability of the Boa vision system, an integrated smart camera that comprises the elements of an industrial machine vision system.

According to the company, the quick-to-deploy Boa system is suitable for automated quality inspection applications and factory automation.

Boa, an all-in-one machine vision solution, is claimed to be more flexible than previous generations of smart cameras.

It incorporates multiple processing engines, enabling algorithm optimisation via DSP, application management via a central-processing unit (CPU) and sensor management via a field-programmable gate array (FPGA).

Boa also offers embedded application software, which is set up through a standard web browser.

There is no software to install, meaning that there are no version control problems.

Boa delivers flexibility via an enclosure, built-in factory communications and a low deployment cost, according to Dalsa.

Its 44mm cube form factor makes it suitable for tight-fit applications.

The IP67-rated housing means that the camera can be directly deployed in harsh, wash-down environments.

This is useful to meet cleanliness standards in the food and pharmaceutical industries and eliminates the need for a separate protective enclosure.

Boa’s small form factor and mounting capabilities allow it to integrate into existing production lines, machinery or moving equipment.

The system is embedded with the functionality of the Inspect software.

Inspect is suitable for first-time and experienced vision users and its inspection capabilities can be readily applied across many applications.

This graphical point-and-click interface allows users to prototype and deploy solutions and is available with a fully featured emulator for offline application development and debugging.

The Boa vision system is available immediately in a monochrome version (model BVS-0640M).

A colour version will be available later in the year.

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