Machine Vision System Builders Benefit from NI's New Cables

5/7/2003 - Manufacturing test engineers no longer need to build their own cables or use bulky terminal blocks when building machine vision applications. National Instruments announces two new cables, the NI 8014 and NI 8055, that offer easy connectivity options for analog machine vision cameras in inspection systems.

With these new cables, connectivity and integration are simplified between the NI 1409 analog frame grabber and a variety of JAI and Sony industrial cameras. The cables link the 68-pin high-density connector on the NI 1409 to the camera's power and data ports. Manufacturing test engineers now can quickly and easily supply power to their camera, control camera reset and exposure and capture image data. The NI 8014 cable provides connectivity to all JAI A Series cameras and the Sony XC-ES, XC-ST and XC-HR series cameras. The NI 8055 cable provides support for all the advanced functions of the Sony XC-55 camera, including asynchronous triggering and camera control. The new cables also support analog machine vision cameras with identical pinouts to the JAI and Sony cameras mentioned above.

Manufacturing test engineers also can use NI software tools to simplify creating machine vision applications. The NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection configurable software features an interactive image processing and analysis environment and advanced image acquisition and control routines for interfacing to the Sony XC-55, JAI A Series cameras and other industrial cameras. The NI Vision Development Module, which includes a collection of machine vision libraries for creating completely customizable solutions in NI LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, Microsoft Visual Basic, C and C++, gives engineers another option for building machine vision applications.

About National Instruments
National Instruments ( is a technology pioneer and leader in virtual instrumentation -- a revolutionary concept that has changed the way engineers and scientists approach measurement and automation. Leveraging the PC and its related technologies, virtual instrumentation increases productivity and lowers costs for customers worldwide through easy-to-integrate software, such as the NI LabVIEW graphical development environment, and modular hardware, such as PXI modules for data acquisition, instrument control and machine vision. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 3,000 employees and direct operations in 40 countries. In 2002, the company sold products to more than 25,000 different companies in more than 80 countries around the world. For the past four consecutive years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America.

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