How to introduce AI-based image processing to the field level

Equipped with OPC UA, they make their AI capabilities available via a "recipe collection" in the network and communicate results directly from the field level to the machine and control level without a detour.

Machine vision systems are increasingly required to work intelligently. If Ethernet-based industrial protocols such as OPC UA are added to the mix, cameras can be integrated directly into factory automation without effort and additional hardware. In conjunction with the all-in-one IA system IDS NXT ocean, IDS NXT industrial cameras with their Vision App-based operating system meet the exact requirements of automation engineers. Equipped with OPC UA, they make their AI capabilities available via a "recipe collection" in the network and communicate results directly from the field level to the machine and control level without a detour.


Thanks to the app-based concept, the IDS NXT camera platform is as versatile as smartphones. Recurring tasks, such as reading codes, characters or license plates, as well as finding, measuring, counting or identifying objects, can be set up and changed quickly. It requires neither special knowledge in deep learning nor camera programming in order to create and execute individual neural networks. Camera hardware, software, infrastructure and support come from a single company. Users only need to provide sample images and knowledge on how to evaluate them (e.g. "good" / "bad"). This makes the start into AI-based image processing particularly quick, easy and user-friendly.

With simple usability and highly flexible and expandable deployment options, IDS NXT inference cameras are also able to deliver directly actionable process decisions to the OPC UA network. This saves time and costs in automation and ensures rapid integration into industrial plants. With the OPC Machine Vision Companion specification, the cross-manufacturer and cross-industry communication technology provides the ideal interface extension to easily "refine" factory automation with the AI based "recipes" of IDS NXT embedded systems. Since neither previous knowledge of image processing nor machine learning is required, IDS NXT inference cameras are a milestone for Industry
4.0.

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