Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) Solutions

NAI’s Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) solutions provide customers with pre-configured, pre-validated, rugged military embedded solutions that save development time and cost while reducing program risk. These Flexible, Adaptable, Configurable, Modular and Expandable Systems Eliminate custom designs and redesigns by taking advantage of NAI’s Configurable Open Systems Architecture (COSA). NAI’s full suite of MOSA Solutions are ARM® Cortex®-A53 processor-based and are ruggedized to withstand -40° C to +71° C and qualified to MIL-STD-1275D & MIL-STD-704A with 50 ms holdup (VITA 62 power supply); MIL-STD-461F and MIL-STD-810G.

 

SIU32-AIUVARM-01

2x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Actuator Interface Unit

SIU32-AIUVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) DO-178C & DO-254 Certifiable Actuator Interface Units (AIU) with low power high performance OpenVPX Xilinx UltraScale+ SBC with Quad Core ARM Cortex -A53, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 32 GB SATA Flash, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, FIPS-140-3 Level 3 Cyber Security, and Single Event Upset support.

SIU32-AIUVARM-01

 

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 12 x Programmable Discrete IO (CM8)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 8 x Programmable RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 2 x AC Excitation References (AC2)
  • 4 x LVDT Measurement Channels (LD2)
  • 4 x ±40 VDC 100 mA Digital to Analog Channels (DA3)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) with at least 50 ms holdup
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

 

 

SIU34-AIUVARM-01

4x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Actuator Interface Unit

SIU34-AIUVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) DO-178C & DO-254 Certifiable Actuator Interface Units (AIU) with low power high performance OpenVPX Xilinx UltraScale+ SBC with Quad Core ARM Cortex -A53, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 32 GB SATA Flash, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, FIPS-140-3 Level 3 Cyber Security, and Single Event Upset support.

SIU34-AIUVARM-01

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 12 x Programmable Discrete IO (CM8)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 8 x Programmable RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 2 x AC Excitation References (AC2)
  • 4 x LVDT Measurement Channels (LD2)
  • 4 x ±40 VDC 100 mA Digital to Analog Channels (DA3)
  • 24 x ARINC-429/575 Channels (2 x AR1)
  • 16 x Programmable RTD or Thermocouple measurement (2 x TR1)
  • 16 x Variable Reluctance/Pulse Counter Measurement Channels (VR1)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) with at least 50 ms holdup.
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU32-DCUVARM-01

2x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Data Concentrator Unit

SIU32-DCUVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) DO-178C & DO-254 Certifiable Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) with low power high performance OpenVPX Xilinx UltraScale+ SBC with Quad Core ARM Cortex -A53, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 32 GB SATA Flash, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, FIPS-140-3 Level 3 Cyber Security, and Single Event Upset support.

SIU32-DCUVARM-01

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x Programmable RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 8 x Variable Reluctance/Pulse Counter Measurement Channels (VR1)
  • 6 x Chip Detect and Fuzz Burn Channels (CD1)
  • 4 x Strain Gage Measurement (SG1)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) with at least 50 ms holdup
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU34-DCUVARM-01

6x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Data Concentrator Unit

SIU36-DCUVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) DO-178C & DO-254 Certifiable Data Concentrator Unit (DCU) with low power high performance OpenVPX Xilinx UltraScale+ SBC with Quad Core ARM Cortex -A53, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 32 GB SATA Flash, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, FIPS-140-3 Level 3 Cyber Security, and Single Event Upset support.

 

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 8 x RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 2 x AC Excitation References (AC2)
  • 4 x LVDT Measurement Channels (LD2)
  • 8 x ±40 VDC 100 mA Digital to Analog Channels (DA3)
  • 8 x Variable Reluctance/Pulse Counter Measurement Channels (VR1)
  • 6 x Chip Detect and Fuzz Burn Channels (CD1)
  • 4 x Strain Gage Measurement (SG1)
  • 12 x ±10 VDC or ±25 mA D/A Outputs (DA1)
  • 16 x Enhanced Differential Discrete I/O Channels (DF2)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 16 x Programmable RTD or Thermocouple measurement (2 x TR1)
  • 12 x ±10 VDC or ±25 mA D/A Outputs (DA1)
  • 48 x Discrete Input Channels and 48 Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (68DT1)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) with at least 50 ms holdup
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU32-FCCVARM-01

2x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Flight Control Computer

SIU32-FCCVARM-01

  • 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx & 12 Programmable Discrete IO (CM2)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 8 x Programmable RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 2 x AC Excitation References (AC2)
  • 4 x LVDT Measurement Channels (LD2)
  • 4 x ±40 VDC 100 mA Digital to Analog Channels (DA3)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) with at least 50 ms holdup
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU34-FCCVARM-01

4x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Flight Control Computer

SIU34-FCCVARM-01

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x Programmable RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 4 x AC Excitation References (2 x AC2)
  • 4 x LVDT Measurement Channels (LD2)
  • 4 x Synchro/Resolver Measurement Channels (SD2)
  • 8 x ±40 VDC 100 mA Digital to Analog Channels (DA3)
  • 24 x Enhanced Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (DT4)
  • 16 x Enhanced Differential Discrete I/O Channels (DF1)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) with at least 50 ms holdup.
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU32-MCVARM-01

2x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Mission Computer

SIU32-MCVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) DO-178C & DO-254 Certifiable Mission Computers (MC) with low power high performance OpenVPX Xilinx UltraScale+ SBC with Quad Core ARM Cortex -A53, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 32 GB SATA Flash, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, FIPS-140-3 Level 3 Cyber Security, and Single Event Upset support.

SIU32-AIUVARM-01

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 24 x Enhanced Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (DT4)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 12 x ±10 VDC or ±25 mA D/A Outputs (DA1)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68). Optional 50 ms holdup.
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

 

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SIU34-MCVARM-01

4x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Mission Computer

SIU34-MCVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) DO-178C & DO-254 Certifiable Mission Computers (MC) with low power high performance OpenVPX Xilinx UltraScale+ SBC with Quad Core ARM Cortex -A53, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 32 GB SATA Flash, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, FIPS-140-3 Level 3 Cyber Security, and Single Event Upset support.

SIU34-FCCVARM-01

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 24 x Enhanced Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (DT4)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 12 x ±10 VDC or ±25 mA D/A Outputs (DA1)
  • 16 x 10/100/100 Base-T Ethernet Switch (ES2)
  • 48 x Discrete Input Channels and 48 Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (68DT1)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) with Optional 50 ms holdup.
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU36-MCVARM-01

6x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Mission Computer

SIU36-MCVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) DO-178C & DO-254 Certifiable Mission Computers (MC) with low power high performance OpenVPX Xilinx UltraScale+ SBC with Quad Core ARM Cortex -A53, 8 GB DDR4 SDRAM, 32 GB SATA Flash, 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet, USB 3.0, FIPS-140-3 Level 3 Cyber Security, and Single Event Upset support.

SIU36-MCVARM-01

 

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 4 x MIL-STD-1553/1760 (2 x FTJ)
  • 4 x Non-Latching Relay (RY1)
  • 24 x Enhanced Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (DT4)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 12 x ±10 VDC or ±25 mA D/A Outputs (DA1)
  • 12 x ±1.25 to ±10.0 A/D Channels (AD1)
  • 12 x ±100V A/D Channels (AD2)
  • 16 x ±1.25 to ±10.0 VDC A/D Channels (AD4)
  • 16 x 10/100/100 Base-T Ethernet Switch (ES2)
  • 48 x Discrete Input Channels and 48 Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (68DT1)
  • 28 VDC Input PSU per VITA 62 (VPX68) Optional 50 ms holdup.
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU34-RIUVARM-01

4x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Remote Interface Unit

SIU34-RIUVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) Remote Interface Unit (RUI) to manage, monitor and control connected I/O, communications, measurement and simulation interfaces through Ethernet commands from a main mission processors. Extremely low power with 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet.

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  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 8 x Programmable RTD or Thermocouple measurement (TR1)
  • 8 x ±40 VDC 100 mA Digital to Analog Channels (DA3)
  • 2 x AC Reference Excitation (AC2)
  • 4 x Strain Gage Measurement (SG1)
  • 8 x Variable Reluctance/Pulse Counter Measurement Channels (VR1)
  • 48 x Discrete Input Channels and 48 Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (68DT1)
  • 28 VDC MIL-STD-704 Aircraft Electrical Power Characteristics with at least 50 ms holdup.
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

SIU36-RIUVARM-01

6x 3U OpenVPX MOSA Remote Interface Unit

SIU36-RIUVARM-01 is a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) Remote Interface Unit (RIU) to manage, monitor and control connected I/O, communications, measurement and simulation interfaces through Ethernet commands from a main mission processors. Extremely low power with 2 x 10/100/1000Base-T Ethernet.

SIU36-MCVARM-01

  • 2 x MIL-STD-1553 & 8 x ARINC-429 Tx/Rx (CM5)
  • 8 x RS-232/422/485 Serial Channels (SC3)
  • 8 x CANBus A/B 2.0/CAN-FD/ARINC-825 (CB8)
  • 8 x Programmable RTD or Thermocouple measurement (TR1)
  • 16 x ±100 VDC A/D Channels (ADF)
  • 8 x ±40 VDC 100 mA Digital to Analog Channels (DA3)
  • 2 x AC Reference Excitation (AC2)
  • 4 x Strain Gage Measurement (SG1)
  • 8 x Variable Reluctance/Pulse Counter Measurement Channels (VR1)
  • 16 x 10/100/100 Base-T Ethernet Switch (ES2)
  • 48 x Discrete Input Channels and 48 Programmable Discrete I/O Channels (68DT1)
  • 28 VDC MIL-STD-704 Aircraft Electrical Power Characteristics with at least 50 ms holdup.
  • MIL-STD-810G, MIL-STD-461F and DO-160 environmental and EMI/EMC qualifications.

Matrox Design Assistant X Color Analysis

Digital cameras with color image sensors are now commonplace. The same is true for the computing power and device interfaces necessary to handle the additional data from color images. What’s more, as users become familiar and comfortable with machine vision technology, they seek to tackle more difficult or previously unsolvable applications. These circumstances combine to make color machine vision an area of mounting interest. Color machine vision poses unique challenges, but it also brings some unique capabilities for manufacturing control and inspection.

Matrox Design Assistant X

The color challenge

Color is the manifestation of light from the visible part of the electromagnetic spectrum. It is perceived by an observer and is therefore subjective – two people may discern a different color from the same object in the same scene. This difference in interpretation also extends to camera systems with their lenses and image sensors. A camera system’s response to color varies not only between different makes and models for its components but also between components of the same make and model. Scene illumination adds further uncertainty by altering a color’s appearance. These subtleties come about from the fact that light emanates with its own color spectrum. Each object in a scene absorbs and reflects (i.e., filters) this spectrum differently and the camera system responds to (i.e., accepts and rejects) the reflected spectrum in its own way. The challenge for color machine vision is to deliver consistent analysis throughout a system’s operation – and between systems performing the same task – while also imitating a human’s ability to discern and interpret colors.

The majority of today’s machine vision systems successfully restrict themselves to grayscale image analysis. In certain instances, however, it is unreliable or even impossible to just depend upon intensity and/or geometric (i.e., shape) information. In these cases, the flexibility of color machine vision software is needed to:

  •  optimally convert an image from color to monochrome for proper analysis using grayscale machine vision software tools
  •  calculate the color difference to identify anomalies
  •  compare the color within a region in an image against color samples to assess if an acceptable match exists or to determine the best match
  •  segment an image based on color to separate object or features from one another and from the background

Color images contain a greater amount of data to process (i.e., typically three times more) than grayscale images and require more intricate handling. Efficient and optimized algorithms are needed to analyze these images in a reasonable amount of time. This is where Matrox Design Assistant X color analysis tools come to the fore.

Matrox Design Assistant X color analysis steps

 

Matrox Design Assistant X

 

 

 

Matrox Design Assistant X includes a set of tools to identify parts, products, and items using color, assess quality from color, and isolate features using color.

 

 

 

 

 


The ColorMatcher step determines the best matching color from a collection of samples for each region of interest within an image. A color sample can be specified either interactively from an image—with the ability to mask out undesired colors—or using numerical values. A color sample can be a single color or a distribution of colors (i.e., a histogram). The color matching method and the interpretation of color differences can be manually adjusted to suit particular application requirements. The ColorMatcher step can also match each image pixel to color samples to segment the image into appropriate elements for further analysis using other steps such as BlobAnalysis.

Color Matcher step

                                              Color Matcher step

The ImageProcessing step includes operations to calculate the color distance and perform color projection. The distance operation reveals the extent of color differences within and between images, while the projection operation enhances color to grayscale image conversion for analysis using other grayscale processing steps.

The color analysis tools included in the Matrox Design Assistant X interactive development environment (and the Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) software development kit) offer the accuracy, robustness, flexibility, and speed to tackle color applications with confidence. The color tools are complemented with a comprehensive set of field‐proven grayscale analysis tools (i.e., pattern recognition, blob analysis, gauging and measurement, ID mark reading, OCR, etc.). Moreover, application development is backed by the Matrox Imaging Vision Squad, a team dedicated to helping developers and integrators with application feasibility, best strategy and even prototyping.

Assistant X

New SOSA™ Aligned, VITA 62, 6U VPX AC/DC Power Supply Unit

New SOSA™ Aligned, VITA 62, 6U VPX AC/DC Power Supply Unit

Rugged, off-the-shelf power supply solution ready to roll

In April, North Atlantic Industries, Inc. (NAI), a leading supplier of embedded computing solutions and power supplies that Integrys is proud to represent in Canada, announced the availability of the VPX56H2-6 1,400-Watt Ruggedized, Programmable Power Supply.

SOSA™ Aligned

The VPX56H2-6 power supply unit is aligned with SOSA™, the main aim of which is to speed up and simplify the development and deployment of C4ISR systems (joint battle management that can gather data, understand it, and communicate freely with all of its components) based on open standards components. SOSA aligned systems are based on a multi-purpose backplane that allows for easy reconfiguration of the VPX Plug In Cards (PICs) to create Electronic Warfare, Signal Intelligence, RADAR or other sensor-based systems. Enabling future technology upgrades and reconfiguration are two key benefits of SOSA aligned solutions that will reduce the cost and extend the useful life of these platforms.

Adaptable workhorse for when the going gets heavy

Designed to meet the many harsh environmental requirements of rugged military and aerospace applications, NAI’s VPX56H2-6 plugs directly into a standard 6U VPX chassis with a VITA 62, 1.0” power supply slot. This off-the-shelf solution for VITA 46.0 and VITA 65 systems is:

  • Compatible with VPX specifications
  • Supports all VITA standard I/O, signals, and features
  • Conforms to the VITA 62 mechanical and electrical requirements for modular power supplies

The VPX56H2-6 is conduction-cooled through the card edge/wedgelock. It operates at full load through the entire -40°C to +85°C temperature range, accepts 3Ø AC or +270 VDC input and provides up to five outputs and I/O at up to 1,400 Watts.

Output configurations include Standard VITA 62 and SOSA™ Aligned, +12V Only (with +3.3VDC_Aux) and +12V Heavy configurations. In addition, the VPX56H2 contains Integrated IPMC, with Dual Bus IPMB-A, IPMB-B.

With its intelligent design, the VPX56H2-6 also has the flexibility to address special needs and includes current share and alignment keys for input and output configurations.

The VPX56H2 is compliant with MIL-STD-810H and VITA47 as well as MIL-STD-704F, MIL-STD-461F.

Additional standard features

  • Continuous Background Built-in-Test (BIT)
  • Remote error sensing and protection against transients
  • Over-voltage, over-current, and short circuits

Security

“We are delighted to be teaming with wolfSSL to offer embedded security in our growing portfolio of rugged COTS SBC’s,” says Lino Massafra, VP of Sales and Marketing at NAI. “North Atlantic Industries takes security seriously and is working hard to protect our solutions against cyber threats. Aligning with wolfSSL helps achieve this.”

About NAI

NAI is a leading independent supplier of embedded computing, Input/Output, communications, measurement, simulation, power and systems products for commercial, industrial and military applications built on a Configurable Open Systems Architecture™ (COSA®). COSA offers the greatest modularity, flexibility, adaptability and configurability in the industry that accelerates time-to-mission. COSA supports a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) that delivers the best of both worlds: custom solutions from COTS components with No NRE.

For over 50 years, companies like Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon have leveraged NAI’s capabilities to meet the demanding requirements of a wide range of processing, I/O and communication-centric applications, and do so with uncompromising quality, efficiency and responsiveness.

Learn More

For additional information on NAI’s latest power supply unit for rugged military and aerospace applications, click here. We look forward to discussing your power supply requirements with you.

 

The Use of Artificial Intelligence in Machine Vision

The use of artificial intelligence (specifically, machine learning by way of deep learning) in machine vision is an incredibly powerful technology with an impressive range of practical applications, including:

  • Giving virtual assistants the ability to process natural language;
  • Enhancing the e-commerce experience through recommendation engines;
  • Assisting medical practitioners with computer-aided diagnoses; and
  • Performing predictive maintenance in the aerospace industry.

Deep learning technology is also fundamental to the fourth industrial revolution, the ongoing automation of traditional manufacturing and industrial processes with smart technology, a movement in which machine vision has much to contribute.

Deep learning alone, however, cannot tackle all types of machine vision tasks, and requires careful preparation and upkeep to be truly effective. In this article we look at how machine vision—the automated computerized process of acquiring and analyzing digital images primarily for ensuring quality, tracking and guiding production—benefits from deep learning as the latter is making the former more accessible and capable.

Machine vision and deep learning: The challenges

Machine vision deals with identification, inspection, guidance and measurement tasks commonly encountered in the manufacturing and processing of consumer and industrial goods. Conventional machine vision software addresses these tasks with specific algorithm and heuristic-based methods, which often require specialized knowledge, skill and experience to be implemented properly. Moreover, these methods or tools sometimes fall short in terms of their ability to handle and adapt to complex and varying conditions. Deep learning is of great help but requires a painstaking training process based on previously collected sample data to produce results generally required in industry. Furthermore, more training is occasionally needed to account for unforeseen situations that can adversely affect production. It is important to appreciate that deep learning is primarily employed to classify data and not all machine learning tasks lend themselves to this approach.

Where deep learning does and does not excel

As noted, deep learning is the process through which data—such as images or their constituent pixels—are sorted into two or more categories. Deep learning is particularly well suited to recognizing objects or objects traits, such as identifying that widget A is different from widget B The technology is also especially good at detecting defects, whether the presence of a blemish or foreign substance, or the absence of a critical component in or on a widget that is being assembled. It also comes in handy for recognizing text characters and symbols such as expiry dates and lot codes.

While deep learning excels in complex and variable situations such as finding irregularities in non-uniform or textured image backgrounds or within an image of a widget whose presentation changes in a normal and acceptable manner, deep learning alone cannot locate patterns with an extreme degree of positional accuracy and position. Analysis using deep learning is a probability based process and is, therefore, not practical or even suitable for jobs that require exactitude. High-accuracy, high-precision measurement is still very much the domain of traditional machine vision software. The decoding of barcodes and two-dimensional symbologies, which is inherently based on specific algorithms, is also not an area appropriate for deep learning technology.

Artificial Intelligence

Where deep learning excels: Identification (left), detect defection (middle) and OCR (right)

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Where deep learning does not excel: High-accuracy, high-precision pattern matching (left), metrology (middle), and code reading (right)

Matrox Imaging software

Matrox Imaging offers two established software development packages that include classic machine vision tools as well as image classification tools based on deep learning. Matrox Imaging Library (MIL) X is a software development kit for creating applications by writing program code. Matrox Assistant X is an integrated development environment where applications are created by constructing and configuring flowcharts (see graphic below). Both software packages include image classification models that are trained using the MIL CoPilot interactive environment, which also has the ability to generate program code. Users of either software development packaged get full access to the Matrox Vision Academy online portal, offering a collection of video tutorials on using the software, including image classification, that are viewable on demand. Users can also opt for Matrox Professional Services to access application engineers as well as machine vision and machine learning experts for application-specific assistance.

 

What is Deep Learning?

Deep Learning

Answering the question “What is deep learning?” requires us to stick our heads down a rabbit hole. We say this because deep learning is a type of machine learning—which, in turn, is a type of artificial intelligence (AI). You now get the reference to the rabbit hole . . . Time now for some definitions to provide clarity.

Artificial intelligence: The simulation of human intelligence in machines that are programmed to think like humans and mimic their actions. The term may also be applied to any machine that exhibits traits associated with a human mind, such as learning and problem-solving.

Machine learning: The use and development of computer systems (hardware and software) that are able to learn and adapt without following explicit instructions, by using algorithms and statistical models to analyze and draw inferences from patterns in data.

Deep learning: A subset of machine learning based on artificial neural networks in which multiple layers of processing are used to extract progressively higher level features from data.

What distinguishes deep learning is that it empowers  machines to learn from unstructured, unlabeled data, as well as labeled and categorized data. With all the rapid developments in deep learning, a lot of new applications  for machine vision have been introduced.  Time now for another definition:

Machine vision: The technology and methods used to provide imaging-based automatic inspection and analysis for such applications as automatic inspection, process control, and robot guidance, usually in industry. Machine vision refers to many technologies, software and hardware products, integrated systems, actions, methods and expertise. A machine vision system uses a camera to view an image. Computer vision algorithms then process and interpret the image, before instructing other components in the system to act upon that data. Computer vision can be used alone, without needing to be part of a larger machine system.

GPUs for computer vision applications

Many technology companies have discovered the benefit of using GPUs (Graphical Processer Units) for computer vision applications due to their ability to handle the rapid parallel processing of images. Traditional GPUs from companies like NVIDIA are large, power-hungry PCIe boards running in the cloud or temperature-conditioned environments.   So how do industrial companies take advantage of GPU technology in the field, or what’s often called ‘the edge’?

NVIDIA Jetson

Introducing NVIDIA Jetson, the world’s leading small-footprint GPU platform for running AI in harsh environments at the edge of the action.  Its high-performance, low-power computing for deep learning and computer vision makes it the ideal platform for compute-intensive projects in the field. Some of Integrys’ most valued partners provide nimble solutions in this space. But before we look at these companies and their products, it’s advisable to ask, and answer, the question below.

What’s the difference between carriers and Jetson modules?

A carrier board is specifically designed to work with one of the NVIDIA Jetson modules allowing users to connect IO, cameras, power, etc., to their devices.  Together with JetPack SDK, the combination of the carrier and module is used to develop and test software for specific use needs.

Our Deep Learning Partners

DIAMOND SYSTEMS
Stevie: Carrier for Nvidia Jetson AGX Xavier. Used in PPE and temperature monitoring, robotics, deep learning, and smart intersections/ traffic control.

 

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Featured product: JETBOX-STEVIE JETSON AGX XAVIER SYSTEM

Floyd: Carrier for Nvidia Jetson Nano & Xavier NX. Used in industrial safety, drone video surveillance and facial recognition.

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Featured product: JETBOX-FLOYD JETSON NANO / NX SYSTEM

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Sentry-X Rugged Embedded System: Built for the NVIDIA® Jetson AGX Xavier™, Sentry-X is ideal for aerospace and defense applications, or for any market that can benefit from the Jetson AGX Xavier’s incredible performance in a rugged enclosure.

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Featured product: SENTRY-X RUGGED EMBEDDED SYSTEM POWERED BY NVIDIA® JETSON AGX XAVIER™

Rogue: a full featured carrier board for the NVIDIA® Jetson™ AGX Xavier™ module, the Rogue is specifically designed for commercially deployable platforms, and has an extremely small footprint of 92mm x 105mm.

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Featured product: ROGUE CARRIER FOR NVIDIA® JETSON™ AGX XAVIER™

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Leveraging convolutional neural network (CNN) technology, the Matrox classification tool within their Computer Vision library, MIL (Matrox Imaging Library) categorizes images of highly textured, naturally varying, and acceptably deformed goods. The inference is performed exclusively by Matrox Imaging-written code on a mainstream CPU, eliminating the dependence on third-party neural network libraries and the need for specialized GPU hardware.

 

 

 

 

 

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Featured product: MATROX IMAGING LIBRARY X

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The Condor product line of GPGPU and video capture cards feature NVIDIA Quadro® GPUs with Pascal™ and Turing™ architecture. These processing powerhouses leverage the latest GPGPU advancements from NVIDIA for machine-learning and artificial intelligence applications, as well as standard rendering pipelines.

 

 

 

 

 

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Featured product: CONDOR 4107XX XMC XMC GRAPHICS & GPGPU CARD

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Deep Learning

3 Ways to Kickstart your 3D Machine Vision Project

3D machine vision

In a 3D machine vision system, the target object image is no longer just a flat picture. Now it’s a three-dimensional point cloud of precise coordinates where the position of every pixel in space is known. It simultaneously provides X, Y and Z plane data along with respective rotational information (around each of the axes) as well.

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This 3rd dimension of Data is ideal for applications such as:

  • Thickness, height and volume measurement
  • Dimensioning and space management
  • Measuring shapes, holes, angles, and curves
  • Detection of surface or assembly defects
  • Quality control and verification against 3D CAD models
  • Robot guidance and surface tracking (e.g., for welding, gluing, deburring, and more)
  • Bin picking for placing, packing or assembly
  • Object scanning and digitization

Download an e-book

Download our latest eBook, Solving Pick and Place Automation Challenges with industrial 3D machine vision, for free. This eBook includes 6 industrial automation challenges and how to solve them with 3D machine vision solutions.

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Book an online demo

Schedule a free 3D camera demo with our vision engineers! Let us show you a quick demo of what you can expect from Zivid 3D machine vision cameras tailored to meet your specific business requirements.

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Purchase a development kit

Now, you can buy a Zivid developer kit bundle to kickstart your 3D vision automation project. Whether it’s bin-picking, piece picking, or machine tending related – the dev kit bundle makes it easy to design stationary or on-arm robot-based picking cells.

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Hyperspectral Machine Vision

Hyperspectral Machine Vision

 

What is hyperspectral machine vision ?

Before launching into this topic, let’s get comfortable with a few terms:

Hyperspectral: 1) Any technique that employs a large part of the electromagnetic spectrum, especially those parts of the spectrum invisible to the eye; 2) Very high-definition spectral imaging.

Machine vision (also known as Computer Vision): The technology and methods used to provide imaging-based automatic inspection and analysis for such applications as automatic inspection, process control and robot guidance, usually in industry. Machine vision refers to many technologies, software and hardware products, integrated systems, actions, methods and expertise. It attempts to integrate existing technologies in new ways and apply them to solve real-world problems.

Hyperspectral machine vision systems analyze the molecular properties of objects being investigated and create a chemical fingerprint of the materials that comprise them.

What are some real-world problems that hyperspectral machine vision helps solve?

Though there are multiple industrial applications of hyperspectral machine vision, today we are going to focus on three that are promoted by a key Integrys supplier, Perception Park, an Austrian company passionate about hyperspectral machine vision.

1) Chemical color imaging (CCI) for pharmaceuticals: In the pharmaceutical industry manufacturing capacities are growing rapidly all over the world, requiring faster and more complex production processes. To reduce the risk of product recalls and to protect consumers from contaminated drugs, strict safety regulations and guidelines have been put in place to optimize and monitor pharmaceutical production processes. Inspection systems are fundamental to this. Vision systems are already state of the art with respect to evaluating products according to shape, size, weight etc. in real time. CCI now enables a 100% inspection of pharmaceuticals according to molecular properties.

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The image above illustrates how Perception Park CCI technology can be applied to pharmaceuticals, in this case detecting the content of different capsules. Hospitals and retirement and nursing homes administer personalized drugs that are often manually mixed and packed by pharmacists. The first and the third (from the left) of the four capsules above were filled with Respicure, the second was filled with Silybum Marianum and the fourth was filled with nothing. CCI allows for quick identification of the content of capsules, ensuring the patients receive the right drugs—which can be a matter of life and death.

2) Wood moisture measurement: The quality requirements of wood industry customers are increasing dramatically. The measurement of humidity is an important quality marker in professional wood processing. Hyperspectral imaging can now be used to quickly and accurately indicate moisture content (MC) in wood, a major indicator of product quality and hence price and producer margins. In the example below the moisture levels of a piece of spruce were measured using hyperspectral technology and a regular wood moisture meter. The portion of the wood on the left captured with CCI clearly shows the distribution of moisture within the wood, helping in a non-destructive manner quickly determine the quality and thus value of the wood.

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3) Fruit quality measurement: Every year tons of food is wasted, compromising the bottom line of companies in many sectors of the food industry. Purchasers of food, be they grocery sotres, restaurants or the end consumer, can be fanatical about food quality and are loath to purchase fruit, for example, that is bruised. Bruises are an indicator that the fruit is in the process of decay, but are often not visible to the naked eye. With hyperspectral imaging, however, it is possible to make the invisible visible with a non-destructive technique for fruit quality analysis.

Hyperspectral Machine Vision

As Computer Vision using Hyperspectral imaging is relatively new to many, Integrys has invested in setting up a Hyperspectral imaging station in their engineering laboratory.  We would like to offer qualified customers an opportunity to review samples of their materials/parts in our lab and consult with our team of experts on application details.

Click Below to begin evaluating your samples in our Hyperspectral Imaging lab

Preception park logo 1.pngPerception Park is a company with a passion for Hyperspectral Imaging and the focus on generic and configurable hyperspectral data processing solutions for industrial inline applications.

Their unique technology Chemical Colour Imaging (CCI) makes complex hyperspectral data on a molecular level usable for machine vision. Hyperspectral imaging systems combined generic, intuitive configurable data processing platform to make the scientific methods of hyperspectral analysis accessible for everyone and open up new application areas.

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Resonon is a rapidly-growing, high-technology company that provides an exciting and friendly working environment. The company designs, manufactures, and supports hyperspectral imagers and related hardware and software.

They provide complete hyperspectral imaging systems as well as custom hardware and software solutions with compact, cost effective cameras.

 

Machine vision technology has gone through a constant development process over the past few decades and Perception Park, with its expertise in chemical color imaging, has developed an impressive range of solutions in hyperspectral machine vision with myriad real-world applications. Click here to contact Integrys to learn how our partnerships with Perception Park and Resonon could help your company optimize its operations through hyperspectral machine vision.

Military and Aerospace Industry: Featured Products

The military and aerospace industry is remarkably dynamic, generating an extraordinary range of innovative new technologies and products that serve military and aerospace applications and, often with some modification, civilian/commercial applications as well. Many technologies that we now take for granted in our daily lives, such as the Internet, had military and aerospace origins.

Integrys has several key suppliers in the military and aerospace industry—companies that are continually developing new products that greatly enhance operations. These products run the gamut from communications hardware for rugged environments such as switches, routers, hubs and I/O boards to interface cards, software and surveillance cameras. Today, we highlight several Integrys suppliers in this sector and some of their new offerings.

 

Techaya

TECHAYA is a leading designer, developer and manufacturer of rugged MIL-STD IP-based communications solutions for ground, air and naval applications. Their complete line of ethernet switches, routers, USB hubs and media converters/network taps are designed from PCB to meet the extreme environmental, quality and SWAP-C requirements for dismounted soldiers, both large and small unmanned systems, fixed and rotary aircraft, AFVs, missiles and naval vessel communication platforms.

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Featured product: MILTECH 9116, managed 12X 10G copper + 4 X 10G fiber ports switch

The MILTECH 9116 is widely used in battlefield communications C4ISR, video, sensor data acquisition and transmission. Its mechanical packaging enhancements, including ruggedized D38999 connectors, are designed for MIL-STD-810F airborne and ground environmental compliance and high reliability. Leveraging best-in-class switching technology from Techaya, the MILTECH 9116 serves as a robust commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for rugged LAN connectivity. It can be remotely managed to optimize communications and prioritize critical information traffic. Advanced network features, never before found in a package of this size, include switching protocols, virtual LANS (VLANS), traffic prioritization (QoS), and bandwidth aggregation are standard.

 

NAI’s

NAI’s vertically integrated design, manufacturing and verification capabilities have been built with the intense focus of an organization that defines every action and investment based on their ability to Accelerate Your Time-to-Mission™. Offering a portfolio of rugged embedded COTS products, including over 70 pre-integrated modules, multifunction I/O boards, single board computers (SBCs), systems, and power supplies, NAI has built a reputation for supporting the world’s most demanding defense, commercial aerospace and industrial applications.

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Featured product: 68PW1, 3U OpenVPX SOSA™-aligned PWM servo motor drive

The 68PW1 is a 3U OpenVPX SOSA-aligned (basis, Snapshot 2) single-axis PWM servo motor drive that can be configured with closed loop feedback measurement options, including Hall, Resolver/Synchro or Encoder. The PWM drive provides programmable PWM output drive (up to 65 V @ 10 A continuous) from a single +28 VDC input source. Ideally suited for rugged military and aerospace applications, the 68PW1 delivers off-the-shelf solutions that accelerate deployment of SWaP-optimized systems in air, land and sea applications.

Alta Data Technologies

Alta Data TechnologiesAlta Data Technologies is the technical leader in avionics interface cards and software. It is dedicated to providing the best possible MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC-429/717 COTS communications products and service in the aerospace industry. From a full line of PCI, PCI Express (PCIe) interface cards for almost any computer backplane, to their innovative real-time ethernet connectivity devices, Alta brings innovative design and best in class service for MIL-STD-1553 and ARINC customers.

In October 2020 Aerospace & Defense Review recognized Alta as a top ten provider in the industry for the year.

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Featured product: MIL-STD-1553 “NLINE” product

In October 2020 Alta also announced the development of a new family of products: NLINE, innovative packaging techniques that embed industry leading MIL-STD-1553 protocol engine technology directly into cable assemblies for real-time ethernet, Thunderbolt™ and USB 3 interfaces. Combined with their AltaAPI software development kit (SDK), and advanced signal capture o-scope capabilities, these products offer unmatched functionality and ease of deployment for aerospace platforms. The NLINE product family provides incredible system design choices for Alta—and Integrys—customers

CohuHD Costar

CohuHD Costar is an industry-leading manufacturer of high-definition video systems designed for the performance requirements of critical infrastructure installations.

CohuHD has significant installations worldwide, protecting a variety of critical infrastructure facilities, including:

  • Transportation: Tunnels, bridges, roadways, mass transit, rail, airports and terminals
  • Water: Reservoirs, dams, pipelines, aqueducts
  • Power: Refineries, oil depot reserves, generators, plants, electrical substations, power grid transmission lines
  • Homeland Security: Borders, airports, seaports and other ports of entry
  • Military: Vehicles, perimeter surveillance, bomb scoring, targeting systems, military compounds
  • Government: Embassies, buildings, national treasures

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Featured product: RISE 4260HD camera positioner system

CohuHD Costar’s 4260HD camera positioner system combines crystal clear HD image quality, bandwidth efficient H.264 compression, smooth variable speed positioning and IP66/IP67 protection delivering CohuHD quality and performance.

The 4260HD provides full 1080p imaging with 30x optical zoom, delivering full frame rate HD images over the entire zoom range for very cost-effective, long-range surveillance applications.

The 4260HD includes defog/dehaze image processing, enhancing video performance in foggy and hazy conditions encountered in surveillance and naval applications. It also includes variable hi-speed pan and tilt drive, with 360° continuous pan and +90 to -90° tilt. Fast positioning speeds result in 180° movements in less than 2.5 seconds. The high-torque motor and gearing design ensures that the positioner maintains position in high shock, vibration and hurricane force winds.

Providing multiple video stream profiles, the 4260HD delivers up to five or more independently configured H.264/MJPEG streams as well as analog video output with serial RS422 camera PTZ control. Use of the IP and analog output allows integrating with analog systems today while providing a smooth transition to HD Video over IP tomorrow. The 4260HD provides a full function web server, allowing complete administrative and operator control capabilities. It is designed to operate in harsh weather with its IP67 enclosure protection.

Contact

To learn more about Techaya, North Atlantic Industries, Alta Data Technologies and CohuHD Costar—and their innovative products—click here. We look forward to speaking with you.

 

NEW PRODUCT: TECHAYA MILTECH™ 9116

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Driven by rapid advancement and lower costs, Ethernet is becoming the standard for IP-based components in a wide range of military and commercial applications, including:

  • Armored ground vehicles
  • Land autonomous vehicles (UGVs)
  • Robots
  • Mobile equipment fielded in harsh environments

Key Benefits

  • The MILTECH 9116’s 10-gigabit speeds and 24VDC power make it instantly compatible with the network device and power systems.
  • The MILTECH 9116’s is widely used in battlefield communications C4ISR, video, sensor data acquisition, and transmission.
  • Its mechanical packaging enhancements, including ruggedized D38999 connectors, are designed for MIL-STD-810F airborne and ground environmental compliance and high reliability.
  • Leveraging best-in-class switching technology from Techaya, the MILTECH 9116 serves as a robust commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution for rugged LAN connectivity.

New Product released from TECHAYA MILTECH™

TECHAYA MILTECH™ M128

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RUGGED SMALL SIZE 128G USB 3.0 FLASH DRIVE

The MILTECH M128 is a small, rugged, 128 GB USB 3.0 portable local data storage drive. It includes two flash memories, double write and read speed with Raid-0, optional data protection with Raid-1 and inhibits status indication via external GPIO.

Its pin shell’s scoop-proof is designed with blind insert capability uses polarity to help guide insertion in places not easily viewed.

The unit has been tested to withstand vibrations of up to 11.5 GRMS per MIL-STD-810G.

It is ideal for securely uploading data or downloading data from computers and storage devices on defense and combat systems such as:

  • Portable computers
  • Navigation devices
  • Communication systems
  • Defense systems
  • Combat vehicles, avionic and shipboard systems