2D or 3D Machine Vision? Why Not Both?

by Winn Hardin, Contributing Editor – AIA 

It wasn’t too many years ago that system designers and integrators would do whatever they could to avoid 3D machine vision. It required complex lighting systems, lots of processing power, more engineering, and even more money.

Today, with the increase of computing power and newer, faster CMOS camera sensors, 3D machine vision equipment and software suppliers have simplified 3D system setup while adding even more capabilities to their products, such as using both 2D and 3D images to make their systems even more robust. As a result, applications that would never have considered the cost of 3D are adopting the technology at record rates.


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Presentation : Stereo Vision and structured illumination creates dense 3D Images


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Scorpion Vision XI support the OpenCV 3.0 Gold Release

Scorpion 8 support OpenCV Image Processing LibraryWe are happy to announce the support of the brand new OpenCV 3.0 released the June 4th 2015.

From the OpenCV announcement: “With a great pleasure and great relief OpenCV team finally announces OpenCV 3.0 gold release, the most functional and the fastest OpenCV ever”

Read more @ OpenCV.org

Our latest Scorpon Vision XI build 3.0 includes the latest Python API binaries.

Click here to upgrade to Scorpion Vision XI build 602

“Stereo Vision and structured illumination creates dense 3D Images” @ LASER World of Photonics 2015

Monday 22.06.2015
11:00 – 11:20 h
Forum Halle A2 – Optical Metrology and Imaging

Stereo Vision and structured illumination creates dense 3D Images

Speaker: Thor Vollset – CEO of Tordivel AS

is-2015-0005-D 3D ImageActive Stereo vision is the extraction of 3D information from two images with a light projection. The projection disparity between the two images is used to create 3D images. RPP – Random Pattern Projection and ML – Multiple Lines lasers are important projectors. The image is created by processing the projected images from two 3D calibrated cameras. 3D in 2D image processing take advantage of all the information in the 2D image. This information is different than the content of the 3D image extracted to from the 2D image pair and often more accurate. An object located in the 3D image can be measured and verified in 3D in the 2D image pair using an accurate 3D image reference.

Meet us at Halle B3 Stand 103 at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2015.

Invitation to LASER World of PHOTONICS 2015

Meet us at LASER World of PHOTONICS – 22-25 June 2015, Munich, Germany

WThe Scorpion 3D Stinger Cameras e are proud to exhibit at LASER World of PHOTONICS 2015 from 22nd to 25th of June in Munich.

Our main focus is the Scorpion 3D Stinger™ Camera 30 mm and 200 mm baseline versions. This camera true industrial 3D camera with IP-64 housing, powerful Multline and RPP IR laser projectors

The focus will be serious 3D Robot Vision where we will demo unique concepts for 3D Box Picking combining the camera with the latest Scorpion Vision Software XI.

The 30 mm baseline unit can replace a standard 2D camera where a sense of 3D is needed for object location, measurement or assembly verification


100% DPM readrate @Volvo Cars

AH Automation provides 100% DPM read-rate for Volvo Cars

Volvo Car Corporation in Skovde turned AH Automation with a request for a vision systems for reading DPM – Direct Part Marking on their engine blocks.

Our competitors said it is not possible to meet the Volvo Cars requirements.

“We proved the contrary by clever design, hard work and using the latest Scorpion Compact Vision innovations from Tordivel” says Jimmy Kleibrant Chief Vision Officer at AH Automation.

Datasheet from AH Automation in Swedish – RIA25 Referensblad Volvo

The easy part – Good Part Marking

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Scorpion Vision XI TemplateFinder3 reads the good parts

Thor Vollset – CEO Tordivel AS says:

“We are so excited with Scorpion Compact Vision and how AH Automation turns it into a unique solution for Volvo Cars – they say it is 100% and we believe them. The Stinger products are design to run 24-7 in the most demanding applications. The Scorpion Stinger hardware is of course powered by the latest version XI of the proven Scorpion Vision Software framework”

The not so easy part –  Bad Part Marking

The bad parts is also read 100% by the optimised  hw and sw component chain:

  • Scorpion 2D Stinger Camera
    • Sony XCG-99E camera with high quality CCD sensor
  • Scorpion Stinger LEDspot – easy to mount and powerful led strobe
    • Directly controlled by the Scorpion 2D Stinger Camera
  • The latest Scorpion Vision Software version  XI
    • Including the proven TemplateFinder3 used for DPM
    • Advanced Image Filtering techniques
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The bad marked part is read by combining clever illumination, filtering and the power of TemplateFinder3

Scorpion Compact Vision Concept

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The Scorpion Stinger Family of Products

Scorpion Compact Vision System provides powerful machine vision for 2D and 3D applications without the need of programming skills.  The Scorpion Stinger family of hardware components are compatible with Scorpion Vision Software. We provide all hw and sw components needed  to make  machine vision automation. This includes configurable sw for 2D and 3D image processing, image storing and traceability, data logging, configurable IO, interfacing with PLCs, robots and databases, support for the latest GigE cameras with cost and quality tailored to the application.  In the Scorpion Stinger family there are industrial IP-64 2D and 3D cameras with integrated illumination, industrial LEDbars and support for a large number of flexible IO modules. The Scorpion Vision Software supports  more or less any protocol like rs-232, tcp/ip, modbus, profibus and OPC.

Scorpion Compact Vision solves almost any tasks within 2D and 3D robot vision, label inspection, assembly verification, colour identification and gauging.

Video – 3D Vision Magic – Box Picking and Identification

is-2015-0005-D 3D ImageThis video presents the kind of 3D Magic we like at Tordivel based on the latest Scorpion Vision XI software and the new industrial Scorpion 3D Stinger 30 mm baseline Camera.

The video shows how to locate and identify boxes with a Scorpion 3D Stinger 30 mm baseline Camera. Multiple boxes are located and sorted in 3D space. The Scorpion 3D Stinger Technology is ready to use in

  • 3D Robot Vision
  • 3D Assembly Verification
  • 3D Measurements

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Technology has been developed in Norway since 2000 in a continous R&D effort sponsored by the Norwegian Government and EU.


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