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Matrox 4Sight EV6 with Design Assistant

Matrox 4Sight EV6 with Design Assistant

Matrox® 4Sight EV6 is a powerful industrial computer built for machine vision on the factory floor. This system pairs readily with the intuitive, versatile, and extendable integrated development environment (IDE), Matrox Design Assistant X.

Equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and four SuperSpeed USB ports, Matrox 4Sight EV6 supports the use of multiple GigE Vision ® and USB3 Vision ® industrial cameras to enable the oversight of many production lines. Powered by an embedded quad-core Intel ® Core ™ processor, the Matrox 4Sight EV6 is ready to handle multi-camera inspection applications. It interfaces directly to factory automation equipment and enterprise systems through discrete I/Os, plus Gigabit Ethernet, RS-232/RS-485, and USB ports. The Matrox 4Sight EV6’s industrial-strength design and careful component selection ensures its long-term availability.

Description

Matrox 4Sight EV6 at a glance

  • Reduce service stoppages with a fanless design.
  • Inspect multiple sites through the support for four GigE Vision and four USB3 Vision cameras.
  • Simplify cabling for GigE Vision installations using PoE-enabled ports.
  • Tackle typical vision workloads with a mobile-class embedded seventh-generation Intel Core processor.
  • Connect separately to the factory floor and enterprise networks via two more Gigabit Ethernet ports.
  • Synchronize with other equipment using the integrated real-time digital I/Os with rotary encoder support and RS-232/RS-485 ports.

Overview

Matrox® 4Sight EV6 is a powerful industrial computer built for machine vision on the factory floor. This system pairs readily with the intuitive, versatile, and extendable integrated development environment (IDE), Matrox Design Assistant X.

Equipped with four Gigabit Ethernet ports and four SuperSpeed USB ports, Matrox 4Sight EV6 supports the use of multiple GigE Vision ® and USB3 Vision ® industrial cameras to enable the oversight of many production lines. Powered by an embedded quad-core Intel ® Core ™ processor, the Matrox 4Sight EV6 is ready to handle multi-camera inspection applications. It interfaces directly to factory automation equipment and enterprise systems through discrete I/Os, plus Gigabit Ethernet, RS-232/RS-485, and USB ports. The Matrox 4Sight EV6’s industrial-strength design and careful component selection ensures its long-term availability.

A dedicated hardware-assisted mechanism on the Matrox 4Sight EV6 delivers real-time discrete I/O management, effectively allowing this vision controller to synchronize a typical vision application with a manufacturing line. The dedicated mechanism enables output events to occur at precise moments in time, based on elapsed time, or for specific input events. An input event can come directly from a discrete input—including from a rotary encoder—or be count-derived from a discrete input. Programmed output events are stored in a hardware list, which is traversed based on a clock or an input event. The execution of an output event results in a state transition, pulse, or pulse train on a specific discrete output. Multiple cascadable hardware timers are available to count or generate specific events.

Matrox 4Sight EV6 comes pre-installed with Microsoft® Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 (64-bit) and Matrox Design Assistant X, making it ready to deploy on power up. The Windows 10 environment offers familiarity, performance, and reliability, with key embedded features like the Unified Write Filter (UWF) to prevent corruptions caused by unanticipated power-downs.

Connectivity

Connect to devices and networks

Matrox Design Assistant X can capture images from any GigE Vision and USB3 Vision compliant camera. The software can communicate over Ethernet networks using the TCP/IP as well as the EtherNet/ IP 2 , Modbus over TCP/IP, and PROFINET protocols, enabling interaction with programmable logic/automation controllers. Its QuickComm facility provides ready-to-go communication with these controllers. Matrox Design Assistant X supports direct communication with select robot controllers for 2D vision- guided robotic applications. Currently, Matrox Design Assistant X supports ABB IRC5, DENSO RC8, Epson RC420+ / RC520+, Fanuc LRMate200iC / LRMate200iD, KUKA KR C2, and Stäubli CS8 / CS8C HP / CS9 controllers.

Matrox Design Assistant X can be configured to interact with automation devices through a computer’s COM ports. Matrox Design Assistant X can also directly interact with the I/Os built into a Matrox Imaging vision controller, smart camera, and I/O card as well as the I/O available on a GigE Vision or USB3 Vision camera.

Matrox 4Sight EV6

Matrox 4Sight EV6 - front and back

Matrox 4Sight EV6 - chassis

Matrox Design Assistant

Matrox Design Assistant is an integrated development environment (IDE) for Microsoft® Windows® where vision applications are created by constructing an intuitive flowchart instead of writing traditional program code. In addition to building a flowchart, the IDE enables users to design a graphical web-based operator interface for the application. Since Matrox Design Assistant is hardware independent, choose any computer with GigE Vision® or USB3 Vision® cameras and get the processing power needed. Work with multiple cameras all within the same project, or per project running concurrently and independently from one another. This field-proven software is also a perfect match for a Matrox vision controller or the Matrox Iris GTR smart camera. Matrox Design Assistant offers the freedom to choose the ideal platform for any vision project.

Matrox Design Assistant at a glance:

  • Solve machine vision applications efficiently by constructing flowcharts instead of writing program code
  • Choose the best platform for the job within a hardware-independent environment that supports Matrox smart cameras and vision controllers, and third-party PCs with GigE Vision or USB3 Vision cameras
  • Tackle machine vision applications with utmost confidence using field-proven tools for analyzing, locating, measuring, reading, and verifying
  • Use a single program for creating both the application logic and operator interface
  • Work with multiple cameras all within the same project or per project running concurrently and independently from one another
  • Interface to third-party 3D sensors to process and analyze their depth map
  • Rely on a common underlying vision library for the same results with a Matrox smart camera, vision system, or third-party computer
  • Maximize productivity with instant feedback on image analysis and processing operations
  • Receive immediate, pertinent assistance through an integrated contextual guide
  • Communicate actions and results to other automation and enterprise equipment equipment via discrete Matrox I/Os, RS-232, and Ethernet (TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP™, Modbus®, PROFINET®, and native robot interfaces)
  • Maintain control and independence through the ability to create custom flowchart steps
  • Increase productivity and reduce development costs with Matrox Vision Academy online and on-premises training
  • Protect against inappropriate changes with the Project Change Validator tool

Application design

Flowchart and operator interface design are done within the Matrox Design Assistant IDE hosted on a computer running 64-bit Windows. A flowchart is put together using a step-by-step approach, where each step is taken from an existing toolbox and is configured interactively. The toolbox includes steps for image analysis and processing, communication, flow-control, and I/O. Outputs from one step, which can be images and/or alphanumeric results, are easily linked to the appropriate inputs of any other step. Decision making is performed using a conditional step, where the logical expression is described interactively. Results from image analysis and processing steps are immediately displayed to permit the quick tuning of parameters. A contextual guide provides assistance for every step in the flowchart. Flowchart legibility is maintained by grouping steps into sub-flowcharts.

In addition to flowchart design, Matrox Design Assistant enables the creation of a custom, web-based operator interface to the application through an integrated HTML visual editor. Users alter an existing template using a choice of annotations (graphics and text), inputs (edit boxes, control buttons, and image markers) and outputs (original or derived results, and status indicators). A filmstrip view is also available to keep track of and navigate to previously analyzed images. The operator interface can be further customized using a third-party HTML editor.

Why a flowchart?

The flowchart is a universally accessible, recognized, and understood method of describing the sequence of operations in a process. Manufacturing engineers and technicians in particular have all been exposed to the intuitive, logical, and visual nature of the flowchart.

Create custom flowchart steps

Users have the ability to extend the capabilities of Matrox Design Assistant by way of the included Custom Step software development kit (SDK). The SDK, in combination with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2017 enables the creation of custom flowchart steps using the C# programming language. These steps can implement proprietary image analysis and processing, as well as proprietary communication protocols. The SDK comes with numerous project samples to accelerate development.

Design Assistant X

Release X highlights:

  • Multiple run-times allow for multiple independent projects to concurrently execute on the same platform
  • Interface to third-party 3D sensors to process and analyze their depth map
  • Photometric stereo tool enhances surface irregularities such as embossed or engraved features, scratches or indentations
  • Classification step that leverages deep learning to inspect images of highly textured, naturally varying, and acceptably deformed goods
  • Shape finding tools for locating circular, elliptical, rectangular, and line segment features

Application deployment

Once development is complete, the project, with flowchart and operator interface, is deployed either locally or remotely. Local deployment is to the samecomputer or Matrox vision controller as was used for development. Remote deployment is to a different computer, including a Matrox vision controller or a Matrox smart camera.

Design Assistant X

Project templates for quicker start-up

Matrox Design Assistant includes a series of project templates and video tutorials to help new developers get up and running quickly.

These templates serve as either functional applications or application frameworks intended as a foundation for a target application. Templates also permit dynamic modifications, allowing users to tweak functionality at run-time and immediately see the outcome of any adjustments. The project templates address typical application areas, with examples for:

  • Barcode and 2D code reading
  • Presence / Absence
  • Recipes
  • Robot guidance (Pick-and-Place)
  • Dot-matrix text reading (SureDotOCR®)

More information on templates can be found on the Quick Start page of Matrox Design Assistant software.

Design Assistant X

Customizable developer interface

The Matrox Design Assistant user interface can be tailored by each developer. The workspace can be rearranged, even across multiple monitors, to suit individual preferences and further enhance productivity.

Design Assistant X

Please, see more information in Matrox Design Assistant product description.

Technical specification

SPECIFICATIONS

System

  • Intel Core i5-7442EQ
  • Intel HM175 Platform Controller Hub (PCH)
  • Two (2) 260-pin DDR4-2133/2400 SODIMM slots (dual channel)
  • Dual-head graphics support
    - One (1) Mini DiplayPort output
      Up to 4096x2304 @ 60 Hz
    - One (1) DVI-I display output
      Up to 1920x1200 @ 60 Hz digital
      Up to 2048x1536 @ 75 Hz analog
  • Six (6) Gigabit Ethernet ports (10/100/1,000)
    - Four (4) Gigabit Ethernet ports with PoE (up to 15.4 W per port)
    - Two (2) standard Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Four (4) USB 3.0 ports
  • Two (2) USB 2.0 ports
  • Two (2) SATA 3.0 ports (internal)
  • One (1) M.2 connector (used by supplied 64 GB M.2 2280 SSD)
  • One (1) 24-bit stereo audio input and 24-bit stereo output
  • One (1) RS-232 port
  • One (1) RS-232/RS-485 port
  • Sixteen (16) digital I/Os
    - Eight (8) inputs
      Up to 24 V
    - Eight (8) outputs (open collector)
      100 mA maximum @ 24 VDC
  • 64 GB M.2 2280 SATA 3.0 SSD
  • Power input: 9 to 27 VDC (nominal 24 VDC @ 4.2 A

Dimensions (L x W x H)

  • 22.5 x 15.0 x 6.8 cm (8.86 x 5.90 x 2.68 in)

Chassis

  • Four mounting slots
  • Fanless enclosure

Certifications

  • FCC Class A
  • ICES-003 Class A
  • CE Class A
  • RCM Class A

Environmental

  • Operating temperature: 0°C to 50°C (32°F to 122°F)
  • Storage temperature: -40°C to 85°C (-40°F to 185°F)
  • Relative humidity: Up to 90% (non-condensing)

Software

  • Pre-loaded with Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 (64-bit)
  • Pre-loaded with Matrox Design Assistant X Version 1905

TRAINING AND SUPPORT

Matrox Vision Academy

Matrox Vision Academy provides all the expertise of live classroom training, with the convenience of on-demand instructional videos outlining how to get the most out of Matrox Design Assistant vision software. Available to customers with valid Matrox Design Assistant maintenance subscriptions, as well as those evaluating the software, users can seek out training on specific topics of interest, where and when needed. Regularly scheduled live classroom training is also offered at Matrox Imaging headquarters.

Matrox Vision Academy aims to help users increase productivity, reduce development costs, and bring applications to market sooner. For more information, visit https://info.matrox.com/imaging/form/vision-academy.

Design Assistant X

Matrox Professional Services

Matrox Professional Services delivers deep technical assistance and customized trainings to help customers develop their particular applications. These professional services comprise personalized training; assessing application or project feasibility (e.g., illumination, image acquisition, and vision algorithms); demo / prototype applications / projects; troubleshooting, including remote debugging; and video / camera interfacing.

Backed by the Matrox Vision Squad—a team of high-level vision professionals—Matrox Professional Services offer more in-depth support, recommending best methods with the aim of helping customers save valuable development time and deploy solutions more quickly. For more information on pricing and scheduling, contact Matrox Sales at https://www.matrox.com/imaging/en/buy/representatives/.

Design Assistant X

Matrox Design Assistant maintenance program

Matrox Design Assistant users have access to a Maintenance Program, renewable on a yearly basis. This maintenance program entitles registered users to free software updates and entry-level technical support from Matrox Imaging, as well as access to Matrox Vision Academy.

For more information, please refer to the Matrox Imaging Software Maintenance Programs brochure or www.matrox.com/imaging/en/support/support_maintenance/.

Design Assistant X

ORDERING INFORMATION

Hardware

Part number
Description
EV6I5M16DA Matrox 4Sight EV6 integrated unit with Intel Core i5-7442EQ, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 64 GB M.2 MLC SSD, Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 (64-bit). Partially licensed for Matrox Design Assistant X. Note: The use of this product is governed by Microsoft Software License Terms, among others.
EV6I5M16DA+ Matrox 4Sight EV6 integrated unit with Intel Core i5-7442EQ, 16 GB DDR4 RAM, 64 GB M.2 MLC SSD, Microsoft Windows 10 IoT Enterprise 2019 (64-bit). Fully licensed for Matrox Design Assistant X. Note: The use of this product is governed by Microsoft Software License Terms, among others.
EV6PS* 150 W AC/DC power adapter (100–240 VAC input/24 VDC output) for Matrox 4Sight 4Sight EV6.

Software

Part number
Description
Included Matrox 4Sight EV6 with Matrox Design Assistant comes with a DVD with the IDE and a maintenance registration number. It is pre-loaded with the Matrox Design Assistant design-time and run-time environment. The partially licensed model (EV6I5M16DA) enables pattern recognition (PatternMatching step), feature extraction and analysis (BlobAnalysis step), 1D and 2D measurements (Measurement, BeadInspection, and Metrology steps), color analysis (ColorMatcher step), 1D and 2D code reading and verification (CodeReader and CodeGrade steps), 2D calibration, basic image processing (IntensityChecker, ImageProcessing, and EdgeLocator steps), image compression, and industrial communication.
Note: For partially licensed model (EV6I5M16DA), the use of 3D functionality as well as additional pattern recognition (ModelFinder), shape finding (RectangleFinder, CircleFinder, EllipseFinder, and SegmentFinder), character recognition (StringReader and SureDotOCR), classification (CNNClassIndex), and registration (PhotometricStereo) steps requires an additional license purchased separately. Refer to the Matrox Imaging Library 10 datasheet – MIL 10 Run-Time Licenses section for ordering details.

Matrox Design Assistant Maintenance Program

Part number
Description
DAMAINTENANCE One-year extension to Matrox Design Assistant X maintenance program per developer. Included in the original purchase price of the Matrox Design Assistant X development package, it entitles registered users to one year of technical support, access to updates, and Matrox Vision Academy online training website.
Note: 75% discount for DAMAINTENANCE if purchased with MIL Maintenance (i.e., MILMAINTENANCE) for the same user. 50% educational discount for DAMAINTENANCE with proof of affiliation with an academic institution. Discounts cannot be combined.

Matrox Vision Academy Training

Part number Description
Matrox Vision Academy Matrox Vision Academy Online provides a range of categorized instructional videos on how to use the software to create vision applications.

Matrox Vision Academy Online is available to customers with current Matrox Design Assistant X maintenance subscriptions, as well as those evaluating the software.

Visit www.matrox.com/imaging/en/vision_academy/ for more information.
DATRAIN (Ask for availability) Introduction to Matrox Design Assistant : Three-day instructor-led training on developing machine vision applications using the Matrox Design Assistant IDE.

Key topics : Developing a vision or inspection system; using flowcharts to replace coding; setting up operator view; choosing analysis and processing tools; interfacing with IDE.

Visit www.matrox.com/imaging/en/vision_academy/on_premises/ for more information.

 

Endnotes:
1. The software may be protected by one or more patents; see www.matrox.com/patents for more information.
2. Internet Explorer®, Google Chrome™ / Chromium, and Firefox®.
3. Not Edge Finder.

Please, contact us for more informations: +48 32 775 0371, info@crijolanta.com.pl or fill and send our contact form.

Documents

4sight-ev6-da.pdf - English datasheet
design-assistant-x.pdf - Matrox Design Assistant technical description - English datasheet
 

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