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KINGSTAR Soft Motion provides all the benefits of a software solution to motion control in an automatically configured EtherCAT environment with “plug-and-play” compatibility. With the highest quality and performance of pre-integrated and pre-tested motion libraries, KINGSTAR delivers motion control at half the cost of traditional hardware platforms. Deliver Software-Only Motion Control and Positioning Systems Quickly and Affordably KINGSTAR Soft Motion is an open and standards-based, software-only solution that streamlines motor control and automation. Soft Motion runs directly on the PC, uses the NIC card for I/O, and uses the powerful EtherCAT protocol to free you from the shackles of proprietary and costly hardware. With Soft Motion, motion control engineers can design, develop and integrate PC-based machine controllers in a “plug-and-play” environment for consolidated, inexpensive and scalable motion and vision control.

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Direct Motion Applications Using Real-Time Software-Based Machine Vision

POSTED 02/02/2017  | By: Jerry Leitz, Director of Field Engineering

As industries like robotics and manufacturing become increasingly complex, developers require more sophisticated solutions to meet their requirements. Software-based motion control and machine vision have arisen to address these needs. Real-time soft motion and machine vision allow organizations to deliver high quality outputs while reducing the cost of production.

Vision-directed motion control  is a process, including capturing, processing, analyzing, displaying and storing images. All of these steps require time to ensure they are effective. In addition, different applications are required for various stages in image production. Leading real-time machine vision applications cover all the required stages, so there is no need for extra installations. This reduces the overall cost of installation as well as easing use and management of the application.

Devices used to capture images vary considerably from different manufacturers. Traditionally, each of these devices came with supporting software to enhance compatibility with the PC in use. With today’s software-based machine vision applications, these multiple installations are no longer necessary. Modern vision processing engines have the capacity to support a wide variety of capture devices and smart cameras.

With machine vision software, organizations save on storage space, improving speed and performance. Using the same application for all of the required processes improves usability and thereby increases production speed considerably. Top machine vision applications are compatible with most available operating systems, further enhancing their utility. Finally, customized applications for machine vision are a great way to improve productivity.

Real-time machine vision streamlines the cost and effort of installation, production and maintenance of your vision-directed motion control applications. With the flexibility and scalability of software, it is embedded with features that reduce your overall cost, speed processes, and improve quality. Software-based machine vision is an ideal way to leverage the benefits of modern motion control.