VisionGauge® OnLine version 15.24 is available for download

VisionGauge® OnLine version 15.24, dated April 22nd, 2022, is available for download.

 

The following new features and enhancements have been added over the past few versions:


This update adds a Manual Axis Lock which allows users to declare certain axes as ‘Locked’ against manual control in the Motion Control Toolbox. Attempts to manually move an axis/stage that is locked will be prevented (i.e. joystick operations, Motion Control Toolbox +/- buttons, “Go”/”Go All”). The Status Box will receive a message notifying when a locked axis is trying to move.

The “Lock” checkbox can be enabled/disabled in the Motion Control Toolbox’s Display – Lock Settings menu. This feature can be password protected by the VisionGauge® OnLine Security Manager. By default the Manual Axis Lock is reset for all axes when the software is started, but a new option in the Motion Control Toolbox – Startup Settings allows Administrators to determine if these manually locked axes should persist when the software is shutdown/restarted.

This feature could be useful on the fly during difficult inspections when you may want to prevent accidentally changing the focus or the position of specific axes, or Administrators can restrict operator’s manual control over specific axes and rely on automated programs to handle control of these axes.


 

VisionGauge® OnLine’s Operator Mode has been updated to allow Administrators to define additional access control settings for the Motion Control Toolbox, including the following possibilities:

  • disable the Go All button,
  • disable the Home All button,
  • disallow setting positions for specific axes (e.g. Zeroing an axis or setting specific positions in the Motion Control Toolbox)

These new options are not applied by default and must be configured when setting up Operator Mode.

 


 

This update also adds the ability to save and recall DirectX compliant camera properties when shutting down and restarting the software. Examples of these standard properties are exposure, gain, brightness, white balance, etc…

We’ve also added support to allow users to save the currently loaded properties to the Settings Toolbox (for DirectX-supported devices only). This is useful to quickly switch/recall device properties without having to manually change these settings.

 


 

We’ve enhanced support for Computer Controlled Illumination to allow up to 8 illumination controls for applications with more demanding lighting requirements. Support for a new illumination controller has also been added.

 


 

An option has been added to the Program Toolbox – Counting & Sizing Settings to allow the user to save to file information about all objects found from the Counting & Sizing operation.


Various additional performance improvements and enhancements have also been made.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 15.00 / VisionGauge® version 11.00 are available for download

VisionGauge® OnLine version 15.00, dated October 14th, 2021, is available for download.

 

New features and enhancements have been added over the past few versions:


This update moves “Auto-Align” settings previously found in the “CAD Auto Pass/Fail Settings” into a new “CAD Auto-Align Settings” window, accessible from the Overlay Toolbox alongside the “Auto Pass/Fail Settings”.

The CAD Auto-Align Settings include a new parameter to save a default Auto-Align Mode (e.g. X-only, Y-only, XY + Rotation, etc.) when Live Video is activated. XY + Rotation alignment is set by default. The option is saved with each CAD file’s .apf file when configured. This allows users to load different CAD files, each with its own default Auto-Align Mode pre-selected.

 

The CAD Auto-Pass/Fail Settings also include a new set of default values when setting up Control Sections. These default values are applied when a new control section is added, which can make short work of setting up multiple control sections with the same tolerances, display deviations, and more. You can also use the “Apply to All” button to change the settings for all currently configured control sections.


We have also greatly improved the motion convergence time when running programs VisionGauge® OnLine’s Program Toolbox when the Watchdog option enabled and an E-Stop is connected to the motor drives. This ultimately contributes to motion programs running even faster without sacrificing positioning accuracy. In some of our test cases, we experienced programs with many Motion Control steps running up to 40% faster!


VisionGauge® OnLine’s live overlay image refresh rate has been improved when displaying complex DXF file with a large number of entities. These improvements are particularly noticeable when viewing a relatively small field-of-view compared to the full scope of the overlay being drawn, e.g at high magnifications or very large overlays.


VisionGauge® OnLine now includes a new “Operator Mode” feature. Operator Mode is designed to let Administrators setup a repeatable environment for their operators that limits the operator control over 1) moving windows and/or 2) opening and closing windows when this mode is enabled. Administrators can customize control by choosing to Allow or Deny these Move and Open/Close window operations for individual tools in the Security menu:

Operator Mode is disabled by default so this update will not make user interface changes until Operator Mode is explicitly enabled. After Operator Mode has been enabled, control is automatically restricted based on the Administrator’s configurations when VisionGauge® OnLine starts up. Control over setting up Operator Mode is password protected and factory locked-out. A new option has been added to the Single-Session Factory Lock-Out procedure to permit modifying Operator Mode during a single session of VisionGauge® OnLine.

Additional feature and menu restrictions may be added with future updates of the software.


We have also added new ‘Cancel All’ buttons to the Program Toolbox’s Setup windows. This button is useful for quickly cancelling out of all changes to a program step and returning control directly to the Program Toolbox itself, instead of the Program Toolbox settings setup window.


We’ve enhanced support for certain DirectX/DirectShow compliant cameras that do not list their full resolution compatibilities. This update applies to both VisionGauge® and VisionGauge® OnLine. Previously when using these devices, when users tried to save a certain resolution as default, the maximum resolution would be displayed instead. Now these resolutions are all able to be properly saved and restored, as well as the camera framerate and bitdepth.

 

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.99 and VisionGauge® version 10.91 are available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 13.99, dated February 24th, 2020, is available for download.

 

The following enhancements have been made over the last few update versions:


VisionGauge® OnLine users may now specify the type of image that can be collected in a Data Group. Either the ‘raw’ image (without annotations or measurements) or the ‘displayed’ image (with measurements and ROIs) can be stored in a Data Group. It could be particularly useful to view the displayed image from a measurement if the Data Group shows a ‘Fail’ for a certain result to see inspect what went wrong.

Data Group options - Collecting results images

 


VisionGauge® OnLine’s IO Monitoring/Conditions feature allows users to a) configure specific output channels on which to output a signal when a certain condition is met during a operation of the software and to b) select an input channel to monitor for a signal to perform a specific action in the software.

When both Input Monitoring and Output Conditions are combined, VisionGauge® OnLine can be remotely automated by a robot or a controller that issues commands to the software. The Remote Program Communications feature was originally developed for communication by commands sent through TCP/IP or over a COM port, but this IO Monitoring/Conditions update allows either simplified automation using exclusively Digital IO’s or expands upon the existing Remote Program Communication feature-set with additional command/verification methods.

Input Monitoring allows digital input channels to be periodically scanned for a signal. When the target channel is activated, the software will perform specific actions. VisionGauge® OnLine presently supports the following Input signal monitoring actions:

  • Loading a program
  • Starting a program
  • Stopping a program
  • Pausing a program
  • Clearing Program Errors (when operating in ‘Silent Mode’)
  • Stop/Prevent Stage Motion
  • Check VisionGauge® OnLine Software Active Status (make sure the software is still alive and responding)
Input Monitoring - VisionGauge OnLine

Output Conditions allow the user to configure digital output channels to be activated when certain conditions are met during software operation. VisionGauge® OnLine presently supports outputting a signal when the following conditions are met or actions are performed:

  • Program is Loaded and Ready to Run
  • Program is Running
  • Program is Paused
  • Program Error
  • Silent Mode is Enabled
  • Program is Completed
  • Program Result (Pass/Fail)
  • In-Position (Stage is at a certain position)
Output Conditions - VisionGauge OnLine

It is possible to reserve output channels so programs and operators cannot accidentally output on those channels.

A new quick access button, accessible from the “Customize – User Interface” menu, also allows Input Monitoring and Output Conditions to be started or stopped by an operator.

Full documentation to describe how to use these input and output signals to work remotely (e.g. via a cell controller), is available.

 


VisionGauge® OnLine programs can take advantage of our True Position measurement tool. Our approach to True Position allows a user to define a Nominal feature whose position is compared to the Actual occurrence of that feature. Features are defined using datums that have been set in previous program steps. Nominal features can be defined using either Cartesian or Polar coordinates, which is convenient for different types of applications. Nominal features can also be offset using Basic Dimensions in the current measurement units.

VisionGauge® Online presently supports Cylindrical (point location) and Non-Circular (line) features of size, and the Nominal tolerance zone is displayed along with the Actual feature location. As with all VisionGauge® Online measurements, results, including a Pass/Fail result, can be output to Data Groups and other reporting options.

True Position measurement for Cylindrical Features of Size
True Position measurement for Non-Circluar Features of Size

Follow the link for more information about our True Position measurement software tool.


This update also adds support for Laser Angle Correction – to address the situation where a system’s lasers for measurements are not perfectly at 45 degrees with the stage.


Various fixes, performance enhancements, and improvements in memory management.

 

 


VisionGauge® version 10.91 is available for download.

This update includes support for a newer USB computer controlled illumination module, fully compatible with Windows 10.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.80 and VisionGauge® version 10.79 are available for download.

 

VisionGauge® OnLine version 12.80, dated January 18th, 2018, is available for download.

VisionGauge® version 10.79, dated January 18th, 2018, is available for download.


Both VisionGauage and VisionGauge OnLine have been updated with the ability to save and recall the last-set camera format settings (e.g. resolution) for DirectX compliant video capture devices. This update also applies to those systems that control multiple DirectX video acquisition devices at once. To change the resolution during a session of either VisionGauge or VisionGauge OnLine, access the “Settings – Image capture device format” menu and set the target resolution. The software will save this resolution and automatically restore it the next time you start the software.

This enhancement for DirectX video capture devices is included starting in VisionGauge OnLine’s current version 12.80 and in VisionGauge’s current version 12.79.


Also included in this update for VisionGauge OnLine is the ability to output a string variable directly to a data group through the Program Toolbox – Text String settings:

Output string variables directly to Data Groups in VisionGauge OnLine.