Cognex Designer 2.0 Vision Software

Cognex Designer 2.0 Vision Software

Decrease the time it takes to develop, deploy, and maintain 3D and 2D multi-camera applications
Cognex Designer 2.0

Cognex Designer is an integrated development environment for 2D multi-camera and 3D vision applications. Creating machine vision applications has become increasingly complex over the years, and Cognex Designer provides the tools for breaking down the complexity into manageable tasks in order to complete vision projects successfully in a shorter period of time.

Key capabilities of Cognex Designer:

  • Graphical environment – Graphical sequence diagrams in Cognex Designer allow machine vision engineers to quickly build 90-100% of vision their systems without the need for advanced programming
  • Integrated factory floor and I/O communication – Communication with Rockwell, Siemens, and Mitsubishi PLCs – without  scripting – directly within Cognex Designer
  • Access to included world-class vision tools – Cognex Designer is bundled with VisionPro® software, providing access to PatMax®, PatMax AutoTune, IDMax®, and OCRMax®
  • Database, Audit trail, and Recipe management
  • Rich HMI user interface – The integrated HMI user interface builder allows for easy development of professional looking user interfaces with advanced functionality.
  • Qualified with Cognex hardware – Cognex Industrial Cameras, Cognex 3D laser displacement sensors, Cognex 8704e 4-port GigE Frame grabber, CC24 I/O card, and VC5 vision controller>
  • Integrated license security – License security is built into the hardware to replace hardware dongles that can become misplaced or compromised at organizatio

What’s new in Cognex Designer 2.0?
Cognex Designer 2.0 is a major new software release that provides significant new capabilities to allow customers to build their vision applications completely and efficiently. Existing Cognex Designer 1.0 customers can upgrade for free to Cognex Designer 2.0.

Major new features in Designer 2.0:

  • Integrated factory floor and I/O communication – Communication with Rockwell, Siemens, and Mitsubishi PLCs – without  scripting – directly within Cognex Designer using sequence blocks
  • Mitsubishi SLMP PLC support added
  • VisionPro tool updates – PatMax AutoTune added for noisy images and multiple 3D vision tools with a Cognex Designer and 3D displacement sensor purchase
  • Improved HMI interface capabilities and appearance – Improved HMI Buttons, lock/unlock HMI Elements
  • Project collaboration and reuse – Export and import Cognex Designer templates to maximize project collaboration and reuse
  • New cameras and frame grabbers supported – 8704e 4-port GigE frame grabber, Cognex displacement sensors, high resolution CIC cameras.
  • Precision I/O improvements – Access to advanced event handling without scripting, multi-camera strobe and acquisition sequence block, trigger reject sequences
  • Data Handling improvement – Sequence blocks to compose and decompose arrays
  • Utility Access – Direct access to GigE Vision Configurator and Communication Card Configurator with Cognex Designer during start-up

Ordering Cognex Designer with Cognex VC5, 8704e, or CC24 Hardware
Cognex Designer and VisionPro software are available in a bundle with the VC5 Vision Controller, 8704e Frame Grabber, or CC24 IO and PLC Communication card. A development license is also available.

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Image 1 - Cognex Designer Overview Image 3 - Integrated Factory Communication with Cognex DesignerImage 4 - PatMax Vision tools with Designer and VisionProImage 2 - PCB Inspection Application with Cognex Designer

Cognex Designer Vision Software Features

Cognex Designer makes it faster to build complete vision applications and allows developers to more easily take full advantage of the powerful VisionPro® tool library. A graphical, flow-chart-based programming environment results in a diagrammatic representation that’s easier to understand, explain to others, and maintain.

Key benefits of using Cognex Designer

  • Integrate seamlessly with Cognex-certified vision controller, cameras, and 3D sensors
  • Solve applications with the comprehensive VisionPro library of 2D and 3D vision tools
  • Create custom plugins for hardware such as robots, motion stages, and machine control
  • Incorporate system features including built-in user access levels, real-time alarms, localizable interfaces, and SQL database logging
  • Deploy a professional graphical user interface with 3D visualization

 

Cognex Designer - Step 1
1: Configure Vision  – Drag and drop data flow configuration for vision applications.
Use interactive edit controls to set vision tool properties. Add plug-ins for external
hardware devices such as 3D sensors, cameras, and I/O devices.

Cognex Designer - Step 2 2: Develop HMI  –  Create a professional runtime operator interface to monitor and control your vision application.
Cognex Designer - Step 3 3: Connect  – Configure I/O and factory floor communications, control motion equipment, and archive results.
Cognex Designer - Step 3 4: Deploy  Install on a vision controller or industrial PC.

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The Cognex VC5 Vision Controller provides users a pre-qualified, ready-to-go, Cognex trusted brand vision system to create, deploy, and maintain 3D and 2D multi-camera machine vision applications.

The Cognex VC5 Vision Controller directly connects to Cognex industrial GigE Vision® cameras and Cognex 3D laser displacement sensors and allows for the combination of up to four area scan, line scan or 3D displacement sensors. Integrated and pre-qualified hardware and software does away with third party accessory evaluation and avoids driver incompatibility and similar performance issues to reduce development time and sourcing complexity.

The robust, fan-less design has no moving parts, which allows the VC5 to offer high vibration immunity and makes it suitable for dusty industrial environments. The VC5 offers high-speed parallel image acquisition from cameras or 3D displacement sensors and includes a rich set of discrete I/O and encoder inputs, deterministic precision I/O sub-system, and networking capabilities for common factory protocols.

Summary of Key Capabilities

  • Camera Ready – Immediate connectivity for up to 4 GigE Cognex Industrial Cameras or Cognex 3D Displacement Sensors VC_5_Web
  • 4 independent GigE channels for simultaneous acquisition with Power Over Ethernet (PoE)
  • MADE for the factory floor – Fan-less, solid state hard drive, PLC and I/O integration
  • Dedicated factory Communication – Allen-Bradley/Rockwell EIP, Siemens PROFINET, Mitsubishi SLMP, and TCP/IP protocol support
  • Discrete I/O – 24 Opto isolated Precision I/O (8 in, 16 out) with dedicated CPU, 24V capable
  • Quadrature Encoder Input
  • Complete Cognex Vision Software included – The VC5 comes pre-installed with the latest release of Cognex Designer and VisionPro software for machine vision application development, including PatMax®, IDMax®, OCRMax® and now PatMax AutoTune
  • Integrated License Security is built into the hardware

Organizations can be more efficient in their vision application development and deployment without having to worry about PC selection, camera and IO connectivity, or software installation incompatibilities.

Organizational Benefits

  • Pre-qualified by Cognex – The VC5 has been pre-qualified and tested by Cognex for all its GigE Cognex Industrial Cameras and its 3D displacement sensors
  • One-stop shopping – Organizations order hardware and software together (Cognex VC5, Designer, and cameras/sensors) – no questions about what goes together.
  • Tested by Cognex – No questions about what works together, or worrying about incompatible drivers, etc.
  • Installed by Cognex – Software (Designer with VisionPro and vision tools) comes pre-installed by Cognex on the Cognex VC5 hardware – no need to worry about an installation procedure.
  • Long-term hardware availability – The long-term availability of the VC5 Vision Controller allows customers to standardize on a hardware platform.
  • All supported by Cognex – Organizations can call one, single company for technical support for their vision hardware and software, rather than going back-and-forth between multiple companies

Typical Cameras/Sensors Ordered Together:

This hardware is always ordered with Cognex CIC Industrial Cameras for 2D multi-camera applications and/or Cognex 3D Displacement Sensors for 3D applications to provide a complete vision system delivered and supported by Cognex.

VC5 Architecture

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Download the VC5 Vision Controller Datasheet
Download the DS1000 Series Datasheet
Download the Cognex Industrial Cameras Datasheet

The Cognex 8704e is a new 4-port GigE Frame Grabber card available for use with Cognex and third-party cameras. It is the recommended GigE interface card for all new vision software applications going forward for organizations building their own industrial PCs for machine vision.

This card interfaces with up to four Cognex Industrial Cameras or third-party GigE cameras to your PC. It is qualified by Cognex for use with Cognex software and hardware. Cognex Designer and VisionPro software are included with the purchase of this card.

Capabilities:

  • Interface 1 to 4 Cognex Industrial Cameras or third-party GigE Vision Cameras to your PC for single or multi-camera vision development
  • 4 independent channels with Power Over Ethernet (PoE) allow for simultaneous, 4-channel acquisition with no additional power cables needed
  • PCI Express compliant
  • Jumbo Frames
  • Integrated License Securityis built into this hardware for Cognex Designer, VisionPro, and Cognex vision tools to replace previous hardware dongles that can become misplaced or compromised at organizations.

Software Included:
The latest release of Cognex Designer Vision Software for machine vision application development is included with this hardware. The hardware also includes the latest VisionPro Vision software for access to the complete library of Cognex vision tools, including PatMax AutoTune.

Typical Cameras/Sensors Ordered Together:
This frame grabber is typically ordered with Cognex cameras or sensors (Cognex CIC Industrial Cameras for 2D multi-camera applications and/or Cognex 3D Displacement Sensors for 3D applications), or third-party 2D cameras that support the GigE standard. You may also order this hardware together with the Cognex CC24 I/O card if you need I/O or factory floor integration.

Cognex ready-to-go vision system now available:
The 8704e is suitable for those building their own industrial PC system. For users that are ready to obtain a pre-qualified, ready-to-go vision system, Cognex now provides complete vision software systems available with the Cognex VC5 Vision Controller. .

The Cognex CC24 is an I/O and factory integration card available for developing machine vision software applications with Cognex and third-party cameras. It is the recommended I/O and factory floor integration card for all new vision software applications going forward for organizations building their own industrial PCs for machine vision.

The CC24 is qualified by Cognex for use with Cognex software and hardware. Cognex Designer and VisionPro software are included with this I/O and PLC card.

Capabilities:

  • Discrete I/O: 24 Precision I/Os controlled by a dedicated, real time subsystem (8 inputs, optically isolated; 16 outputs, optically isolated)
  • Encoder support: For connecting a single-ended or quadrature encoder
  • Factory communication supported: EIP, PROFINET, SLMP, and TCP/IP
  • Dedicated on-board CPU processing
  • Dedicated real-time subsystem: Enables Hardware Event Manager, delay lines, advanced handshaking without loading vision processing
  • Integrated License Security is built into this hardware for Cognex Designer, VisionPro, and Cognex vision tools to replace hardware dongles that can become misplaced or compromised at organizations.

Software Included: The latest release of Cognex Designer Vision Software for machine vision application development is included with this hardware. The hardware also includes the latest VisionPro Vision software for access to the compete library of Cognex vision tools, including PatMax AutoTune.

Typical Cameras/Sensors/Hardware Ordered Together:
This I/O and PLC card is typically ordered with the GigE Frame Grabber when building a machine vision system that uses Cognex CIC Industrial Cameras for 2D multi-camera applications and Cognex 3D Displacement Sensors for 3D applications, or third-party 2D cameras that support the GigE standard.

Cognex ready-to-go vision system now available:
The CC24 is suitable for those building their own industrial PC system. For users that are ready to obtain a pre-qualified, ready-to-go vision solution, Cognex now provides complete vision software systems available with the Cognex VC5 Vision Controller.

Cognex Industrial Cameras (CIC Cameras)

The Cognex family of digital industrial cameras are designed for easy integration with industry-leading Cognex Designer Vision Software and VisionPro® software that is included with Designer. These small, lightweight GigE Vision® and Camera Link® cameras can are available in both area scan and line scan formats to address a wide variety of applications.

Cognex stands behind its reputation as being the leader in the machine vision market and now you can too. As a machine builder, the signature black and yellow Cognex cameras show your customers you have the leading machine vision technology integrated into your system. Large enterprise users easily recognize the systems that use Cognex Designer with these Cognex Industrial Cameras (CIC). Integration with Cognex Designer provides access to a comprehensive library of tools for meeting all of your machine vision needs.

These Cognex cameras are typically ordered with the Cognex VC5 Vision Controller for users that are ready to obtain a Cognex pre-qualified, ready-to-go vision solution. Alternatively, this hardware is typically ordered with the Cognex 8704e GigE Frame Grabber for those building an industrial PC. Both the VC5 and 8704e include Cognex Designer and Vision Pro software, to offer a complete vision solution delivered and supported by Cognex.

GigE Vision and Camera Link options

Need a value solution? Require high-performance to meet the most demanding requirements? Cognex offers industrial cameras to meet a variety of application requirements.

Features

  • VGA to 10MP Area Scan, or 4k Line Scan
  • Global or rolling shutter
  • Monochrome or color
  • Single cable solution: GigE Vision with Power over Ethernet, or Power over Camera Link (PoCL)
  • 3-year warranty

Model Comparison – GigE Cameras

The 29mm x 29mm GigE Vision cameras fit easily into most spaces and offer bottom mounting options.

Model

Resolution

Frame Rate

Type

Sensor Technology

Color/ Mono

CAM-CIC-300 0.3MP 120fps Area Scan CCD/Global Shutter M
CAM-CIC-1300 1.3MP 60fps Area Scan CMOS/Global Shutter C, M
CAM-CIC-2000-20 2MP 20fps Area Scan CCD/Global Shutter M
CAM-CIC-2000-60 2MP 60fps Area Scan CMOS/Global Shutter M
CAM-CIC-4000 4MP 25fps Area Scan CMOS/Global Shutter C, M
CAM-CIC-5MR/5000R 5MP 14fps Area Scan CMOS/Rolling Shutter C, M
CAM-CIC-5000 5MP 17fps Area Scan CCD/Global Shutter M
CAM-CIC-10MR 10MP 10fps Area Scan CMOS/Rolling Shutter C, M
CAM-CIC-4KL-24 4k 24kHz Line Scan CMOS/Linear M

Model Comparison – CameraLink Cameras

Model

Resolution

Frame Rate

Type

Sensor Technology

Color/ Mono

CAM-CIC-4KL-80 4K 80kHz Line Scan CMOS/Linear M

 

Cognex Designer and VisionPro with Cognex VC5, 8704e, or CC24 HardwareCognex Dataman 150_260

Cognex offers complete vision solutions consisting of vision controllers, vision hardware, and vision software to allow organizations to build 2D, 3D, and multi-camera vision software applications.

As a result, Cognex Designer and VisionPro software are provided together when you order the Cognex VC5 Vision Controller, 8704e Frame Grabber, or CC24 IO and PLC card.  Specifically, a deployment license is provided that allows you to both develop and deploy the application into production.   Since you purchased Cognex Designer together with hardware, you have a validated vision test solution qualified by Cognex.

  • The Cognex VC5 Vision Controller is recommended for users that are ready to obtain a Cognex pre-qualified, ready-to-go vision solution.
  • Alternatively, if you are building your industrial PC, you will typically order Cognex Designer with the Cognex 8704e GigE Frame Grabber
  • Alternatively, if you are building your industrial PC and need I/O, you will typically order Cognex Designer with the Cognex CC24 IO and PLC Communications Card