PPT VISION, represented by Total Turnkey Solutions , has announced the addition of the Ethernet/IP communication protocol into the company's IMPACT family of intelligent cameras.
Now available in the entire IMPACT family, including the IMPACT T-series intelligent camera family and the IMPACT C-series machine vision micro-system family, EtherNet/IP enables seamless integration with a broad range of third party industrial products for data sharing and expanded I/O.
Ethernet/IP is a natural extension for the product line because the IMPACT products are already programmed and deployed using Ethernet technologies.
EtherNet/IP is available immediately in PPT VISION's Inspection Builder 6.1 software which can be downloaded at www.pptvision.com. The software features the latest innovations in image processing technology plus a broad range of tools for deploying complete inspection solutions in the factory environment.
Ethernet/IP enhances Inspection Builder by extending data communications between IMPACT cameras and a broad range of industrial products such as PLCs and sensors.
Unlike many industrial Ethernet fieldbusses, EtherNet/IP uses an open protocol at the application layer, and because of its non-proprietary characteristics, has widespread support from multiple vendors and organisations including, ControlNet International (CI), the Industrial Ethernet Association (IEA) and the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA), among others.
On-line virtual demonstrations of the IMPACT Inspection Builder software are available at www.pptvision.com.