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New: Universal Robots with Cognex In-Sight 2D Robot Guidance
The new Cognex In-Sight 2D Robot Guidance plugin greatly simplifies the communication, hand eye calibration, and vision guided robotics development between a UR robot and Cognex 2D Vision System. The system can be used to guide the robot to specific coordinates, inspect the part after manipulation, and output valuable data for downstream analysis.
  • Greatly simplifies two of the main challenges in vision guide robotics – establishing communication between the systems and performing the hand eye calibration.
  • Intuitive UR Cap interface guides the user through the procedure.
  • The solution is fully integrated into Cognex In-Sight Explorer, allowing user access to the most powerful and robust vision tools in the industry.
Our New Line of Protective Robot Accessories: Roboworld
Protect your investment, extend the life of your robot, and stay protected and productive.

Robosuits: Protect your robot and avoid lost productivity, expensive replacement parts and prolonged maintenance sessions. Robosuits are custom-manufactured to your specific application and need from premier grades of materials, to provide maximum protection against the elements seeking to destroy your robot (extremes in temperature, sharp metal turnings, cutting fluids and coolants, and particulate). They are engineered to preserve the full articulation of the UR arms. Coverage can be extended to EOAT and grippers, controllers and even teach pendant protection.

Pendant Armor: UR bumpers provide excellent protection for the UR teach pendant if accidentally dropped. They are custom-molded to the teach pendant’s exterior shell, and features a “stretch-to-fit” installation. Protective ridges are molded around rotary switches and e-stop buttons—but do not interfere with their operation. The shock-absorbing, lightweight material Santoprene™ is immune to water, most water-based cleaning agents, and features excellent resistance to most industrial lubricants, coolants and cutting fluids.
Cognex Vidi Blue-Read
Cognex Vidi Suite is is the first deep learning-based image analysis software designed specifically for factory automation.
The Cognex VisionPro ViDi Blue-Read tool is a dedicated solution that solves challenging OCR applications right out of the box. Vidi Blue-Read deciphers badly deformed, skewed, and poorly etched codes using optical character recognition (OCR). Vidi Blue-Read is easily retrained on application-specific fonts and mis-read characters. The pretrained font library identifies most text without additional programming or font training for fast, easy implementation.
With an easy-to-use interface and no vision expertise required, ViDi Blue-Read dramatically reduces development times while providing robust, reliable results.
Compact I/O Modules: Murrelektronik SOLID67
SOLID67 are the new compact I/O modules from Murrelektronik. They make installation in the field easier and are very useful for applications with IO-Link sensors and actuators. They provide eight IO-Link slots directly adjacent to the process and can easily incorporate classic IOs into the system.
Minimize space requirements: Having a width of only 30 millimeters, the slim IO-Link variants of SOLID67 are ideal for use in installations where space is limited. Modules can be connected directly adjacent to the process, and sensors and actuators can be connected using the shortest connection cables.
Resistant to Environmental Forces: The unit is dust-tight, tamper-proof and protected against temporary immersion which is defined as spending up to 30 minutes in water that's 1m deep.
Simplify storage: The SOLID67 modules are multi-protocol-compatible; they support ProfiNet and EtherNet/IP. Depending on control concept, a switch is simply placed directly on the module, which reduces the variant diversity. Fewer modules of different types need to be kept on hand.
Shorter installation times
Targeted shutdown: If an input or output short-circuits, then only the affected input port or output channel is shut off, not the entire module. Adjacent ports or channels stay on. Red LEDs indicate errors and a signal is sent to the controls.
Cognex InSight Linescan 9902L
The In-Sight® 9902L 2K line scan camera is a high
resolution vision system ideal for detailed inspections of large, cylindrical, or continuously moving objects. The In-Sight 9902L is the only embedded industrial line scan system that processes images directly on the camera (self-contained).
Line scan cameras can:
  • Unwrap cylindrical objects for label inspection
  • Detect printing, metal, and plastic defects and flaws
  • Provide 100% inspection of very long or spooled product/part
  • Provide high-resolution images for precise measurement
  • Enable consistent sampling
  • Support high-speed part scanning
  • Add vision to space-constrained environments
  • Inspect web surfaces
Line scan systems have specific advantages
over area scan systems: no fixed dimensions, high resolution, and shorter exposure time.
Dog Spotlight- Meet Odin
Presenting: our sixth Dog Spotlight!
If you've visited our office before, then you already know that we are a pup-friendly workplace. We've decided to feature one of the ACS dogs every other month to let you "meet" them too.

What would you like to know about Steve Spence's dog Odin?

Upcoming Workshops
Collaborative Robots:
August 30 in Spring Hill, TN: Register Here
Cognex EasyBuilder/Spreadsheet:
September 11-14 in Marietta, GA: Register Here
Intro to Machine Vision:
September 18 in Knoxville, TN: Register Here
October 16 in Spring Hill, TN: Register Here
Cognex DataMan:
October 18 in Marietta, GA: Register Here