Product Details Supplier Info More products

Thanks to their open architecture, Vision App-based industrial cameras have the potential to permanently change industrial image processing. A single IDS NXT camera can solve a wide variety of image processing tasks. For this purpose, users can even develop their own vision apps. IDS Imaging Development Systems GmbH is now launching a new IDS NXT vegas model with a 1.3 MP CMOS colour sensor and is also equipping both the colour and mono versions with more powerful LEDs. With the product market launch, the company will also release new firmware, and a new cockpit for configuring the camera from a PC. 

IDS NXT combines the advantages of app-based devices as multifunctional tools, as we know them from smartphones in our everyday life, with the requirements of modern industrial cameras. The result is a new generation of devices that can be flexibly configured and used for a wide variety of tasks. Its latest member is IDS NXT vegas with a 1.3 megapixel CMOS colour sensor from e2v, which enables users to solve image processing tasks that require colour recognition.

The small, lightweight (185 g) colour version has a liquid lens with autofocus, a ToF (“Time of Flight”) sensor for distance measurement, integrated lighting, and many other features. Users benefit from the same advantages that the mono version offers – such as PC-independent data processing thanks to an integrated CPU and a robust, vibration-resistant housing with IP65 protection.

Both mono and colour models will be delivered with higher-intensity LEDs, which enable the best results to be obtained even under difficult lighting conditions. The already enormous light intensity can be increased even further by using a newly integrated “high-power mode”. This is automatically preset for trigger operation and ensures that the LEDs are briefly operated at higher than normal current. This results in brighter, more brilliant images.

IDS has not only further developed the camera family, but is also launching new firmware 1.2. For example, users can now set a live image to be mirrored horizontally or vertically in the sensor before processing. This is done without any loss of CPU performance. This function is useful, for example, if the camera views the object to be examined via a mirror. In addition to other operating functions, IDS has also integrated new system messages, such as a warning function that can be activated via the REST interface. This informs the user if no new trigger signal has been received after a defined time.

The IDS NXT Cockpit, which serves as a PC application for configuring the innovative industrial cameras, has also been further developed. New features such as Auto White Balance and Colour Gain configuration allow users to adjust the image to the particular imaging conditions. In addition to German and English, a French version of the cockpit is now available; others will follow.

Product link: https://en.ids-imaging.com/ids-nxt.html

IDS Imaging Development Systems Ltd

IDS is one of the leading global manufacturers of digital industrial cameras, offering a choice of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, USB 3.1, and GigE connectivity. With some 220 employees worldwide, the company sells around 150,000 industrial cameras every year.

IDS has been developing and producing machine vision products since 1997. It wants to offer the best user experience in the vision market. This underpins its aim of not only delivering top performance for customers but of providing them with distinctive added value.

IDS consistently adapts key future technologies from the consumer world into its cameras to make them suitable for long-term use in equipment, mechanical, and plant engineering in both and non-industrial target sectors.

All of its cameras are supplied with the IDS software suite which provides commonality of operation across all camera types and can easily handle a mixed operation of USB 2.0, USB 3.0, and GigE uEye cameras. The high-performance hardware and software for its cameras is developed at its site in Obersulm, Germany.

From day one, it has focused on USB interfaces. It is now a global leader and is among the pioneers in the development of high-performance CMOS cameras with USB 3.1 interfaces. There is no other manufacturer with as much experience in the development and use of USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 industrial cameras. IDS’s high-speed Gigabit Ethernet cameras are also world-leading products.

IDS was quick to identify the way things were heading, not just in terms of USB. The sensors we use are also helping to shape the future. Since 2011 its new camera models contain only CMOS sensors and, with more than 10 years of know-how in development and sales, IDS can offer a broad range of sensors.

Every application is different and the range of possible applications involving USB and GigE cameras from IDS is almost unlimited – especially where there are special requirements in terms of the environment, interfaces with other electronic components, or constricted space. The experienced engineering team can develop and build customised special models. The modular concept of its high-performance products and flexibility of the IDS software suite make it easy.

However, it takes more than a good product to establish a long-term partnership based on trust. IDS offers a complete package with every industrial camera – with comprehensive service before, during, and after your buying decision. Its highly qualified, motivated and meticulously trained employees work hand in hand with you. IDS provides you with defined contacts and regular discussions, as well as support in choosing the right accessories. Whether you need feasibility studies, consulting, training, or technical support, IDS is there for you.

View full profile