Cognex Corp. debuted at NPE2012 an entry-level vision system with integrated autofocus that can used for inspection tasks where a standard vision system may be difficult to use and not be cost effective.
The system expands the range of machine vision products offered by Cognex, a Natick, Mass..-based supplier, according to John Lewis, market development manager during an interview at the Orlando, Fla., show.
“What's really new is the autofocus…in changing jobs in the past you had to reset the focus manually. This allows you to do it automatically,” he said.
The InSight 7010 vision is completely self-contained and includes the autofocus optics and integrated lighting. It can be configured quickly using the EasyBuilder user interface. It is available with five lens options and comes with white lighting. Other colors are available.
The 7010 is the latest version of the In-Sight series. The company also makes a micro version, as well as its rugged 5000 model, and the 500 model for ultra-high speed manufacturing.
Lewis said that at least 750,000 Cognex vision systems have been installed since the company was founded in 1981.
Cognex also showed other vision systems for checking, along with ID and barcode readers.