4x faster – Scorpion Ultra Compact PC

The Scorpion Ultra Compact PC is certified for Scorpion Vision Software® and is CE compliant accommodating the Windows Operating System. It is a fast and reliable unit with a solid state disk.
The PC condenses a complete Scorpion Vision system into the size of a 3.5” hard drive.

Perfect for Robot Vision
The complete Scorpion Vision 2D and 3D framework is installed. It can be mounted into an existing cabinet in a factory provided an easy way to add a compact vision system or mounted onto a robot for the best 2D or 3D Robot Vision using one or more Scorpion 2D Stinger cameras.

Robust and reliable
Reliability is another key advantage of the Scorpion Ultra Compact PC. It’s fan-less and cable-less mechanical design gives the Scorpion Ultra Compact PC superior durability, while soldered DDR3 memory offers exceptional shock/vibration resistance. The aluminum-extrusion heat sink is cautiously designed to allow a -20 °C to 60 °C operating temperature range

Scorpion Performance Index from 0.16 to 0.56
Leveraging Intel® Atom™  dual or quad-core processor, the Ultra Compact PC has plenty of processing power for a large range of 2D and 3D machine vision applications. The quad-core is 4x faster than the dual-core unit with a rating of 0.56 on the Scorpion Performance Index. An embedded computer with a second generation Intel i7 CPU is rated to 1.0.

 Scorpion Ultra Compact PC 90-924-W8-64bit-4G-120G

The lastest unit has Windows 8.1 64 bit OS 4G memory and 120 GByte solid state disk.

Scorpion Ultra Compact PC 90-924-W8-64bit-2G-120G

Scorpion Ultra Compact PC
90-924-W8-64bit-2G-120G

Prefilter – a new great feature in Scorpion Vision 10.2.1.586

The upcoming 10.2.1.586 release includes a new prefilter feature for many tools, these have been added in the recent months. The last tool to be updated is the important feature is the 2D Calibrator tool. This tools provides the means and the a requirement to get sub-pixel accuracy in machine vision – this is important for 2D but also the foundation for the Scorpion 3D Stinger Technology.

The standard calibrator with no pre-filter applied:

The image below shows the calibrator with no pre-filter applied. The calibration image is difficult to use because of low contrast. The calibrator quality measure says that the RMS is 0.180 pixels or 1 / 5.5 pixels.

Scorpion Vision's Calibrator with no prefilter

Scorpion Vision’s Calibrator with no prefilter

Applying a Normalising filter and a small blur

The Prefilter is active with the following command: “N101,255b3″. This means that Image Normalisation with a block size of 101 is first applied the result image is then blurred with a block size of 3.

The important effect to the image is the following:

  • Constrast is much better
  • All image intensity skew or variations are removed
  • The thresholding of the markers are now easy
  • The accuracy is marginally improved – also important

Read more about the available pre-filter options: ImageFilters.htm

Calibrator tool with prefilter active

Calibrator tool with prefilter active

Changing polynominal order from 5 to 9 – improved the accuracy by 60% 

The RMS goes from 0.172 to 0.110 – this means that the optical resolution goes from 1/6 th of a pixel to 1 /9 th of a pixel or 110 / 172 or 60% by changing a single number from 5 to 9. 

In a 3D robot vision system you can hear this when the robot is picking :)

The polynominal order is very important - almost double the accuracy

The polynominal order is very important – almost doubles the accuracy

Video – 3D Image Capture in Logistics

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera creates images in realtime. This video shows how these capabilities can be used in logistics to locate, count and identify objects.

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera is designed to be used in cutting-edge 3D Stereo Vision applications with or without structured light. It is compatible with the latest 3D version of Scorpion Vision Software and locates moving objects in 3D in real-time.

Application areas
The unit is designed to be used in 3D Robot Vision, 3D Laser Triangulation, 3D Gauging, 3D Assembly Verification and other advanced Machine Vision Solutions. The components are selected with the highest quality. The unit’s design will save man-hours when creating and deploying 3D Machine Vision Solutions. The standard unit, with a nominal weight of 3.5 kg, can be mounted on a robot.

Video – 3D Picking of Metal Parts with Scorpion 3D Stinger

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera captures 3D images in realtime. In this article we present the results from a student project coordinated by the norwegian automation company Skala Robotech. The scope of the project was to evaluate the feasibility of picking metal parts from a bin with Scorpion 3D Stinger for Robot Vision.

Per Magnus Auby, Yngve Raknerud og André Østby - Oslo and Akerhus University College of Applied Sciences

A team photo of the clever and hardworking students: Per Magnus Auby, Yngve Raknerud og André Østby from Oslo and Akerhus University College of Applied Sciences

 

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera is designed to be used in cutting-edge 3D Stereo Vision applications with or without structured light. It is compatible with the latest 3D version of Scorpion Vision Software and locates moving objects in 3D in real-time.
Application areas
The unit is designed to be used in 3D Robot Vision, 3D Laser Triangulation, 3D Gauging, 3D Assembly Verification and other advanced Machine Vision Solutions. The components are selected with the highest quality. The unit’s design will save man-hours when creating and deploying 3D Machine Vision Solutions. The standard unit, with a nominal weight of 3.5 kg, can be mounted on a robot.

Update – Scorpion Vision 10.2.1.584 is released

This is the last release in the Scorpion Vision X 10.2 series. The 10.2 series contains a significant number of valuable  improvements both for 2D and 3D tools. A selected set of the latest and most important features are:

10.2.1.584: Improved Python Support

  • Improved python paths
  • Extended Python Module support for
    • MatplotLib 1.3.1
    • Python Dateutil 2.2
    • Scikit learn 0.14.1
    • Pyparsing 2.0.1

10.2.1.582: ExtractMap3D

  • creates 5-pnts ordered 3D Point Cloud ,
    • element 4 equals 2D pixel value , 0..255
    • to be used with ConnectedComponents3D
  • enabled for threading
DensePCandCC

A 3D Point Cloud generated by the Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera ordered by ExtractMap and segmented by ConnectedComponents3D

10.2.1.582: FireGrab.dll, 3.0.0.47

  • added support for RAW8 and RAW16 format
  • added Bayer methods
  • added easy to use LUT for 16 bit formats

10.2.1.582:

  • Storage Maintenance
  • History curves persistence
    • saved at each decimation and at previous stop and shutdown
  • ‘LineFinder2
    • added optional “Fitted Points” result
  • BaseTool
    • MeanPixelRatio and PixelSize results moved to bottom
    • Resample config part of ‘Local ROI

10.2.1.579-580:

  • Reworked and improved CircleSegmentor
  • New Sony ZCL 2.12 RC1 Camera Driver
  • Installer download – does both 32 bit and 64 bit files
  • New TF3 – major update :
    • Prefilter documented – handles empty filterstring
    • Templates
      • template toolbar replaces left/right control panels
      • fixed active template filter dialog for linked filter
      • added “delete all templates”
    • Training
      • added add all templates
      • added auto template name
      • fixed training zoom, roi and partial roi
      • added ‘NoSearch’ visualization circles for unprocessed ROI’s
    • Larger masking tools
  • DataInput
    • Lists defaults to “Immediate”
    • Extended python interface
      • access to parameters
      • easy access to controls
      • Indicatorpanel
      • StatePanel
    • Updated demo: STP-2012-0040-DataInput 1.0.0.14
    • Improved/extended some GUI operations
    • added DataInput properties dialog – replaces multiple single operations
  • New LaserProfiler3D tool
  • PolygonMatch1,2 and 3
    • new Translation only mode – important
  • TF3 – getting better all the time :) in progress
    • fixed dynamic rotation and scale links4
    • always valid MaxScore – added threshold result
    • new MultiMatch – important new feature
    • removed bug – solutions outside ROI
    • improved GUI for score setup
  • Dialogs is sized to screen size – great feature
  • Improved toolbox navigation
    • close all dialogs
    • parent dialogs are automatically closed

10.2.1.568: Major update

  • Scorpion Arrlib is 10-20 % faster – a general and important improvement
    • choosing the right interpolation mode can provide an additional 5-15 %
  • Interpolation mode is managed from the toolbox
    • NN – Nearest neighbor is chosen for speed
    • Bilinear is the default
    • Cubic provides an accurate option for special cases
    • Smart Wide does a smart job on wide tracelines
  • Dense Stereo Vision is supported using
    • STC-0084 StereoRectify3D
    • STC-0083 DisparityMap3D
    • STP-0072-DisparityMap
  • ColorSegmentor is now a much better tool
    • with postfilter, named filters and dynamic filteractivation
    • check STP-0075-ColorSegmentor
  • CircleFinder2D
    • added multi-search
    • ready for serious action
  • Major speed improvement on camera aquisition to allow up to 350 frame / second
    • added ‘Smart image routing’
    • optimized continous mode
    • automatic routing of images from same camera
    • no need for Grab;image=no commands
    • buffers all incoming images in high speed
    • new statistics in camera setup dialog
    • added camera autostop in continous mode
    • used with continous=n, where n>1 for autostop
    • n > 1 then n is the number is images to capture before autostop
    • Central Camera.AutoStop – called when images=n
  • Major FastMode GUI Improvement
    • Statistics, Actions/Commands, Historylist
  • ObjectPosition3D support templates, result reference and threading
  • PlaneFit3D – major performance improvment with proper constraints and better ransac

 

 

Video – Realtime 3D Imaging of Box Picking

The Scorpion 3D Stinger RPP Camera provides the basis for robust and reliable robot vision solutions. This video deomstrates the camera in a box picking concept showing a simulated robot picking sequence using the camera for live realtime 3D image capture.

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera is designed to be used in cutting-edge 3D Stereo Vision applications with or without structured light. It is compatible with the latest 3D version of Scorpion Vision Software and locates moving objects in 3D in real-time.

Application areas
The unit is designed to be used in 3D Robot Vision, 3D Laser Triangulation, 3D Gauging, 3D Assembly Verification and other advanced Machine Vision Solutions. The components are selected with the highest quality. The unit’s design will save man-hours when creating and deploying 3D Machine Vision Solutions. The standard unit, with a nominal weight of 3.5 kg, can be mounted on a robot.

Video – Realtime 3D Image Capture of Carbon Block

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera produces realtime images of objects. This video shows how an carbon block is captured in realtime.

The Scorpion 3D Stinger Camera is designed to be used in cutting-edge 3D Stereo Vision applications with or without structured light. It is compatible with the latest 3D version of Scorpion Vision Software and locates moving objects in 3D in real-time.

Application areas
The unit is designed to be used in 3D Robot Vision, 3D Laser Triangulation, 3D Gauging, 3D Assembly Verification and other advanced Machine Vision Solutions. The components are selected with the highest quality. The unit’s design will save man-hours when creating and deploying 3D Machine Vision Solutions. The unit, with a nominal weight of 3.5 kg, can be mounted on a robot.

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