Getting Started with Windows-Based NI Embedded Vision Systems

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Overview

Learn how to get started with the NI EVS-1463 and EVS-1464 Embedded Vision Systems, from obtaining the necessary equipment to acquiring a first image.

Table of Contents

  1. Hardware and Software Materials Needed
  2. Hardware Installation
  3. Connecting Cameras
  4. Acquiring the First Image
  5. Next Steps and Additional Information

1. Hardware and Software Materials Needed

Included in the Box

  • NI Embedded Vision System (EVS-1464 or EVS-1463) with Windows 7 OS
  • Getting Started Manual
  • DVI splitter cable
  • 3-pin power connector
  • NI Vision Acquisition Software DVD           
  • NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (preinstalled for 7-day evaluation)

Software

You can get started with developing applications for NI Embedded Vision Systems by using either of the software options below:

  • NI Vision Development Module 2009 or later with the following development environments
    • LabVIEW 2009 or later
    • LabWindows™/CVI
    • Visual Studio .NET
  • NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection 2009 or later (preinstalled)
  • NI Vision Acquisition Software November 2009 or later (included)

Note: Run-time licenses are available if the system will be used for deployment and not development.

Hardware Equipment (as needed)

Visit the EVS-1464 and EVS-1463 model pages to view optional accessories and additional equipment.

  • One of the following power supply options:
    • PS-5 power supply, 24 VDC, 5 A, universal power input (part number 778805-90)
    • Any 24 VDC ±10 percent, 70 W or greater power supply
  • Cameras
    • GigE Vision or
    • IEEE 1394 (EVS-1464 only) or
    • Camera Link Base (EVS-1463 only) or
    • DirectShow-compatible USB camera
  • Cables
  • Ethernet (for network connectivity)
  • 9-pin IEEE 1394b for IEEE 1394 cameras
  • CAT 5e Ethernet cable for GigE Vision cameras
  • MDR 26-pin Camera Link cable for Base-configuration Camera Link cameras
  • USB cable for connecting to DirectShow-compatible USB cameras
  • Lenses
  • Lighting

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2. Hardware Installation

  1. Connect a USB keyboard and USB mouse to any spare USB port, or use a USB to PS/2 adapter (not supplied) to connect a PS/2 keyboard and mouse to a single USB port.
  2. Connect a monitor or HMI to the DVI connector, or use the DVI splitter cable (supplied) to connect dual monitors. In dual monitor mode, one monitor must support a DVI-D interface and the other must support a VGA analog interface for dual independent displays.
  3. To connect the device to a network, use an Ethernet cable to connect a network hub to the primary Gigabit Ethernet connector on the system.
  4. Connect devices to other ports as required by your system configuration.

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3. Connecting Cameras

Use one of the following methods to connect a camera to NI Embedded Vision Systems.

GigE Vision Cameras

  1. Connect the Ethernet cable to your camera. Refer to your camera manufacturer documentation for specific instructions about how to connect the cable to your camera.
  2. Connect the Ethernet cable to the secondary network connector on the NI Embedded Vision System front panel.

IEEE 1394 Camera (EVS-1464 only)

If you are using an IEEE 1394b camera, an IEEE 1394b to b cable is required, and with an IEEE 1394a camera, an IEEE 1394a to b cable is required.

  1. Connect the IEEE 1394 cable to your camera. Refer to your camera manufacturer documentation for specific instructions about how to connect the cable to your camera.
  2. Connect the IEEE 1394 cable to an IEEE 1394b bilingual connector on the EVS-1464 front panel. 

Camera Link Base Camera (EVS-1463 only)

  1. Connect the camera MDR 26-pin Camera Link cable to the MDR 26-pin connector on the NI EVS-1463 front panel.

DirectShow-Compatible USB Camera

  1. Connect the camera USB cable to a USB connector on the NI Embedded Vision System front panel.

Connecting the Power Supply

  1. Connect the power supply to the 3-position power connector.
  2. Connect the 3-position power connector to the power supply connector on the NI Embedded Vision System.
  3. Plug the power supply cord into an outlet.

The power LED illuminates and the embedded system boots when the power supply is properly connected.

Wiring Isolated Output Power (EVS-1464 only)

Follow these steps to connect power for the isolated outputs to the EVS-1464 using a terminal block or a custom cable.

  1. Connect and secure the 44-pin D-Sub connector on your cable to the DIGITAL-I/O connector on the EVS-1464.
  2. If you are using a terminal block, connect the cable to the terminal block.
  3. Connect the voltage output from the power supply to the Viso connection on the cable or terminal block. See Table 2-11 in the NI EVS-1464 Series User Manual.
  4. Connect the common-mode output from the power supply to the Ciso connection on the cable or terminal block. Refer to Table 1 for pin information.
  5. Connect any additional I/O signals necessary for your application to the appropriate signal on the cable or terminal block.
  6. If necessary, connect the power cord to the power supply.
  7. Plug the power supply cord into an outlet.

The orange ISO LED on the EVS-1464 front panel illuminates when the computer is on and an isolated power supply is properly connected.

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4. Acquiring the First Image

You can program an NI Embedded Vision System using the NI Vision Development Module or configure it using NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI). The following instructions refer to setting up the image acquisition using NI Measurement & Automation Explorer (MAX), the configuration utility that is recommended for use with LabVIEW, as well as Vision Builder AI.

Acquiring an Image with MAX

Complete the following steps to acquire an image using MAX: 

  1. Select Start»All Programs»National Instruments»Measurement & Automation to launch MAX.
  2. Expand the Devices and Interfaces branch of the configuration tree.
  3. Complete the following step for your camera type to select the camera:
    IEEE 1394 or GigE Vision or DirectShow-Compatible USB Cameras – Expand the NI-IMAQdx Devices branch and select a camera.
    Base-Configuration Camera Link-Compatible Cameras – Expand the NI-IMAQ Devices branch and then expand the NI PCIe-1427 branch and select Channel 0.
  4. Click Snap to acquire a single image or click Grab to acquire continuous images. Click Grab again to stop a continuous acquisition.

The device is now configured and acquiring images. Use the Vision Development Module imaging library with LabVIEW, LabWindows/CVI, or Visual Studio .NET to program the rest of your vision application.

Acquiring an Image with Vision Builder AI

Vision Builder AI is already installed for evaluation purposes on the Windows-based EVS-1464 and EVS-1463

Complete the following steps to acquire an image using Vision Builder AI.

  1. On the Vision Builder AI Welcome screen, click Configure Inspection.
  2. In the Inspection Steps palette, select the Acquire Images tab.
  3. Click the image acquisition step for your camera type:
    • GigE Vision or IEEE 1394 or DirectShow-Compatible USB Cameras – Use the Acquire Image (1394, GigE, or USB) step.
    • Base-Configuration Camera Link-Compatible Cameras – Use the Acquire Image step.
  4. The property page for the step opens.
  5. Click Acquire Single Image to acquire an image from the NI Embedded Vision System.
  6. Click OK to add the step to the inspection.

The device is now configured and acquiring images. Use Vision Builder AI to add and configure additional inspection steps to create your application.

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5. Next Steps and Additional Information

EVS-1464 and EVS-1463 Systems

Refer to the NI EVS-1463 Series User Manual and NI EVS-1464 Series User Manual for detailed information about:

  • Device and I/O specifications
  • Mounting requirements
  • Answers to common questions about network, Firewall, hardware, software, and power issues

Purchase the NI EVS-1464 Embedded Vision System for GigE Vision, IEEE 1394 Cameras

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Vision Development Module

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Help and Manuals

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