Author Archives: Dave Spaulding

SVL’s SOBL Lights Illuminate Extrusion Measurement App

Smart Vision Lights distributor Automation, Inc. (Minneapolis, Minnesota) is using the SOBL Series of backlights to illuminate an automated system for measuring the length of aluminum extrusions. The application, on display at a variety of trade shows throughout the year, features a Parker PAC-controlled HMR gantry to place lengths of extrusion into a nest above the SOBL lights. A Cognex In-Sight VC200 dual smart camera vision system measures long parts by looking at the ends of the extrusions rather than the entire unit.

The two-camera system enables tighter accuracy because zooming in on the ends of the part results in higher-resolution images. Additionally, the use of two lower-resolution cameras instead of one extremely high-resolution camera over the full extrusion reduces system cost.

Cost-effectiveness and high performance informed Automation, Inc.’s, selection of Smart Vision Lights’ SOBL industrial backlights for the application. The built-in strobe input also offers a critical benefit. “This allowed our system to use direct I/O to toggle the lights without the need for additional relays or lighting controllers,” says Sam Liebo, lead applications engineer at Automation, Inc.

Automation, Inc., plans to display and operate the application full-time at its Minneapolis headquarters for customers visiting the facility. Automation, Inc., is a value-added distributor of vision, motion, pneumatic, electrical, process control, and machine components. They specialize in assisting customers with custom solutions designed for specific applications.

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Smart Vision Lights’ Products Showcased Throughout Automate 2017

Automate 2017 was another great show for Smart Vision Lights.  Not only did we experience strong booth traffic, but we were very pleased to see so many customers using  our lights  in their showcased products.  Our unofficial count for the number of booths that featured at least one light built by Smart Vision Lights—15, including Cognex, Fanuc, Universal Robots, Dematic, Adaptive Innovations Corp., CCS Intelligent Automation, and Gardasoft.

We do want to take a moment to thank all those who use our lighting products and are looking forward to seeing an even larger number of our lights at the next Automate show.

Below are a few photos of  booths, small and large, using Smart Vision Lights’ products  in their demonstrations during Automate 2017.

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Visit Smart Vision Lights at Automate 2017

Conference season is in getting into full swing and Smart Vision Lights is looking forward to showing you our latest products, such as our well-received line of miniature lights, new large panel lights, and an economic version of our monster LCHP ultra-high-power linear light for line-scan applications. I would like to personally invite all of you to come by Smart Vision Lights’ booth #1047 during Automate in April. And be sure to come see Chris Gray’s presentation on advanced lighting techniques and learn more about how you can illuminate your toughest machine vision applications. On the other side of the pond, please be sure to visit with Tony Carpenter at the UKIVA Machine Vision Conference & Exhibition on April 27 in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom. Feel free to contact me if you would like to schedule a meeting at either of these events. I look forward to seeing you on the exhibit show floor.

Dave Spaulding, President

Smart Vision Lights

SVL Exclusively Featured on FANUC iRVision Exhibits at IMTS 2016

September 12 – 17, 2016 McCormick Place in Chicago Illinois hosted one of its largest annual events, the International Manufacturing Technology Show.  IMTS is one of the largest industrial trade shows in the world, featuring 2,407 exhibiting companies and 115,612 registrants. The event is held every two years with its main focus being the metalworking industry.  Industry professionals from all over the world attend IMTS to see more than 15,000 new machine tools, controls, computers, software, components, systems, and processes that can improve their efficiency.

If you roamed this stupendous display of automation and manufacturing technology you no doubt passed by the bright and sunny yellow booth of FANUC America in all their robotic glory.  Their world class exhibit featured a double sided video wall, well over a dozen robots, their latest RoboDrill technology, and definitely the most eye catching attraction of the entire show.  Onlookers gazed upward as the FANUC M-2000iA/1700L heavy payload capable robot effortlessly swung about a 2016 Chevy Corvette overhead of IMTS attendees.  It was quite a sight to behold.

Flying Corvette courtesy of FANUC M-2000iA/1700L robot

After removing oneself from the amazement of a flying Corvette and taking a closer look at the FANUC iRVision displays, there was a common theme among them.  The LED illumination sources for the applications exclusively featured Smart Vision Lights products.  In partnership with FANUC America, SVL was very excited and pleased to oblige the request to supply key illumination solutions highlighting the capabilities of our products paired with one of the world’s most popular vision guided robotics platforms, iRVision.

The application displays included a small conveyor pick and place application utilizing the DLP-300×300-625 Diffuse Ring Light Panel that allowed the vision camera to peer through the center of light will providing even illumination for the entire conveyors field of view.  It was sort of a traditional “Spider Robot” application picking and stacking parts between two opposing direction of travel conveyors with one challenge; The parts were shiny metallic items which showed the the DLP’s ability to illuminate high reflection items robustly and allow the system to perform at high speed.

 

FANUC Intelligent Bolt Insertion Application featuring S75, L300, & SOBL

The larger and more complex application utilized a series of S75-625 Brick Lights, L300-625 Linear Lights, and SOBL-300×50-625 Back Light to inspect large bolts for intelligent placement into a full sized engine block.  The bolts were presented in a white background tray and illuminate from overhead.  This image acquisition allowed the robot to pinpoint the position and orientation of the bolts to allow for quick and easy pick-up.  The robot presented the bolt in front of a second vision system which took a precision image to realize the object dimensions.  Knowing the specific object dimensions allows for critical sorting and proper placement into a nearby holding tray.  A third and final vision system is mounted directly overhead of the engine block.  This camera was able to pinpoint specific holes in the block where the bolts should be inserted.  Upon completion of the process the block was nearly dumped completely upside down.  The bolts landed back into the original tray from where they were picked allowing the exhibit to begin a new cycle.

 

The robotics industry is experiencing a continued upward growth trend and it was a great opportunity for SVL to feature our capabilities in conjunction with a world class organization with specialty knowledge of Vision Guided Robotics.  As SVL continues to grow we are embracing new challenges, relationships, and opportunities.  We would like to thank FANUC America for their support and we can’t wait to see what they come up with for the next IMTS Event.

  ~ Casey Segraves, Business Development Manager – Smart Vision Lights

Innovative Illumination Summit Highlights Now Available

Screen Shot 2016-07-25 at 1.19.41 PM copyIf you missed Smart Vision Lights’ inaugural Innovative Illumination Summit in June (or even if you were there), we have a whole lot of material from the conference to share with you. We hope you will visit our Summit highlight page, where you’ll find facts about the Summit, video highlight clips from the many informative presentations, links to access presentations, and more.

Speaking of those presentations, all the presentations are available to anyone who attended the Summit in their unabridged format. And if you didn’t attend, but still thirst for technical knowledge about designing machine vision systems, you can get one presentation of your choice from the full line up so you can see what you missed. Just go to http://smartvisionlights.com/innovative-illumination-summit/summit-presentation-request to find out more.

One last thing: We’re already planning our second Innovative Illumination Summit for next year. To receive details about the event as they become available, sign up at http://smartvisionlights.com/innovative-illumination-summit/next-summit

Bobby Segraves Bids Farewell During Successful Technical Summit

DaveBobbyCaseyAfter months of planning, the first annual Innovative Illumination Summit, held June 8-10 in Traverse City, MI, was declared a big success by all who attended.

Nearly 100 attendees told us that the Summit was a hit, the training and technical talks were excellent, guest speakers were interesting and engaging, the location was amazing, and the networking was priceless. Even the vendors that exhibited on site received high praise, with attendees saying they appreciated having suppliers present to discuss their latest products and answer technical design questions.

By the end of the Summit, many attendees were wondering whether we’ll make the full presentation materials available to you; keep an eye out for a special email to that affect. Many other attendees also wanted to know: When will you be doing the next Summit?

Although we don’t have a date set, I can tell you that there will be a second summit and we will once again be asking you for your input. Attendees should already have received a survey asking what worked for them at this year’s Summit as well as what they would like to see, hear, and do at the next event. Please take the time to share your thoughts. After all, this event was and is all about you. We know that in order to be successful in the knowledge-based machine vision industry, technical expertise and training are critical — and Smart Vision Lights is dedicated to helping our partners be all they can be.

Finally, a personal note that’s important to many throughout the machine vision industry. On Wednesday evening during the Summit, we were able to honor and celebrate one of Smart Vision Lights’ founders and our director of sales, Bobby Segraves. Bobby has decided to retire at the end of June 2016. We can’t thank the Summit attendees enough for joining in the celebration of one of the machine vision industry’s most prolific careers. Bobby has been an integral part of the machine vision industry as a whole, along with the growth and success of Smart Vision Lights, and a great friend to many. He will be missed by all of us here at SVL, and by many of you – his extended family.

Please join us in congratulating Bobby by dropping him a note or giving him a call. You can reach him at bobby@smartvisionlights.com , or by calling the office at 231-722-1199.

Thanks again to all that attended and made it a success. To those who missed it, we hope to see you in 2017.

Dave Spaulding
President, Smart Vision Lights

ACS the Big Winner at Smart Vision Lights’ Summit

contest winner photoThe winner of our lighting application contest, which was held at our first-ever Innovative Illumination Summit earlier this month, was Advanced Control Solutions.

Harris Jones, vice president – Engineering at ACS, and his colleagues won the $2,000 grand prize in the contest, which sought to find the best vision application, feasibility test, or white paper featuring one or more of Smart Vision Lights’ LED arrays.

Jones’ clear-bottle application took six different-sized and -shaped clear bottles that were labelled on the front and back, then filled with honey. The goal of the application was to identify the orientation of the bottle and communicate to servo-driven orienting belts to present correctly turned bottles to the front- and rear-label applicators.

Even though two styles of bottles required two different lighting techniques, Jones and his team were able to do this successfully with the bottles using a single Smart Vision Lights LLP model backlight. They also used Cognex ISM1400 and IS7200 cameras in conducting the application.

The top vision application was judged best among five finalists who presented their applications at the Summit. Second- and third-place winners received $500 gift cards.

Bobby Segraves Announces His Retirement

During the Smart Vision Lights’ Innovative Illumination Summit this past week in Traverse City, Michigan, Bobby Segraves, Director of Sales & Marketing for SVL, announced his plans to retire.

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Here Bobby stands with Summit keynote speaker Bob Steinke (previous owner of DVT), Matt Pinter (co-founder and Director of Engineering for SVL), and Dave Spaulding (president of SVL).

Everyone wishes Bobby the very best in the next chapter of his life!

Another Valuable AHTD Conference Experience

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“The Product Showcase at the Advanced High Tech Distributor (AHTD) conference in Amelia Island, Florida last week was great,” said Smart Vision Lights’ president Dave Spaulding shown here at the Smart Vision Lights’ booth during the conference.  “Learned a lot of good stuff to share with our customers and distributors during our upcoming Innovative Illumination Summit in Traverse City, Michigan.”

Smart Vision Lights Debuts LED Dome Lights

Reading code and imperfections on rounded or highly reflective products can be a challenge. Smart Vision Lights’ DDL line of LED dome lights meets that challenge by performing product inspection with an even, uniform, and repeatable light intensity.

dome lightThe new lights (DDL-100, DDL-150, and DDL-250) are designed to perform product inspection with an even, uniform, and repeatable light intensity. The DDL Dome Lights feature Smart Vision Lights’ MultiDrive controller and built-in driver.

The DDL’s built-in constant ON operation and MultiDrive Strobe technology allows the light to operate in constant output mode or in overdrive strobe operations. A microprocessor allows the user to either run the light in constant operation or pulse/strobe the light at maximum intensity, all while protecting LED lights from damage. MultiDrive was developed at Smart Vision Lights, and is the result of merging the constant and overdrive modes.

The DDL-150 Series is a diffuse 6-inch dome light. The 40 LED design and the constant current regulation provided by the built-in driver — along with the semi-reflective white dome — backs the DDL-150 light’s performance.

The DDL series also offers NPN and PNP strobe operation with a built in 0-10 VDC analog intensity control for further versatility. The DDL Dome Lights are easily installed or disconnected with an industry-standard 5-pin M12 connector, and are available in white, blue, green, and red.