Getting Started with the Real-Time NI Embedded Vision Systems

Publish Date: Feb 28, 2013 | 1 Ratings | 3.00 out of 5 |  PDF

Overview

Learn how to get started with the real-time NI EVS-1463RT and EVS-1464RT 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. Connecting to the Development Computer
  5. Configuring the Real-Time NI Embedded Vision System with Vision Builder for Automated Inspection
  6. Acquiring Your First Image with Vision Builder AI
  7. Next Steps and Additional Information

1. Hardware and Software Materials Needed

Included in the Box

  • NI Embedded Vision System (EVS-1464RT or EVS-1463RT
  • Getting Started manual
  • DVI splitter cable
  • 3-pin power connector
  • NI Vision Acquisition Software DVD           

Software

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

  • LabVIEW 8.6 or later and the following add-on modules:

– LabVIEW Real-Time Module 8.6 or later
– LabVIEW Application Builder 8.6 or later (for deploying applications to the system)
– NI Vision Development Module 8.6 or later
– NI Vision Acquisition Software 8.6.1 or later (included)

  • NI Vision Builder for Automated Inspection 3.6.1 or later

Hardware Equipment (as needed)

Visit the EVS-1464RT and EVS-1463RT to view 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
  • Development computer running Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000
  • Cameras
  • Cables
    • Ethernet (for connecting to development system)
    • 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 camera
  • 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. 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 the real-time 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 real-time NI Embedded Vision System front panel.

IEEE 1394 Camera (EVS-1464RT 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-1464RT front panel. 

Camera Link Base Camera (EVS-1463RT only)

  1. Connect the camera MDR 26-pin Camera Link cable to the MDR 26-pin connector on the NI EVS-1463RT 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 real-time 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-1464RT only)

Follow these steps to connect power for the isolated outputs to the EVS-1464RT 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-1464RT.
  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-1464RT 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-1464RT front panel illuminates when the computer is on and an isolated power supply is properly connected.

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4. Connecting to the Development Computer

The NI EVS-1464RT and EVS-1463RT can connect to the development computer directly or through a network using an Ethernet cable. Because the systems provide automatic MDI/MDI-X correction, you can use either a standard Ethernet cable or a crossover Ethernet cable to connect to the development computer.

If the development computer is configured on a network, you must configure the EVS-1464RT or EVS-1463RT on the same network subnet as the development computer to connect through the network.

Connecting Directly to the Development Computer

NI Embedded Vision Systems automatically attempt to detect the presence of a network. If a DHCP server is not available, the systems use a link-local address to connect directly to the development computer.

To connect the device to the development computer, complete the following steps:

  1. Use an Ethernet cable to connect from the Ethernet port on the development computer to the primary network connector on the system front panel.
  2. Power on the device.

The system is now connected directly to the development computer.

Connecting to a Network

Verify that the development computer is connected to the network and powered on.

  1. Using an Ethernet cable, connect from an Ethernet hub or other network port to the primary network connector on the EVS-1464RT or EVS-1463RT.
  2. Power on the device.

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5. Configuring the Real-Time NI Embedded Vision System with Vision Builder for Automated Inspection

  1. Insert the Vision Builder for Automated Inspection (AI) CD. If you have autorun enabled, the installer starts automatically. If not, select Start»Run. Enter x:\autorun.exe, where x is the letter of the CD drive.
  2. When the installation screen appears, click Install Vision Builder AI and follow the setup instructions.

Configure the IP Address

Complete the following steps to configure an IP address for the device.

  1. Launch Vision Builder AI.
  2. On the Vision Builder AI startup screen, expand the Execution Target list and click Select Network Target.
  3. In the Select Remote Target dialog box, select the real-time NI Embedded Vision System with a MAC address that corresponds to the MAC address on the label of the real-time NI Embedded Vision System you want to configure. Refer to the Subnet Considerations section of this document and the user manual for information about subnets and troubleshooting common configuration issues.
  4. Click Configure. The Remote Target Configuration Wizard launches in a new window.
  5. In the Name field, enter a name for the device. Use the Description field to enter any additional information or a brief description of the device.
  6. Click Next.
  7. If the network is configured to issue IP addresses using DHCP, select Obtain IP address from the DHCP server. Otherwise, configure the IP address manually by selecting Edit the IP settings and clicking Suggest Values.
  8. If you want to prevent other users from configuring the device, select Enable Password and click Set Password to set up password protection.
  9. Click Next.

Install Software on the Real-Time NI Embedded Vision System

Complete the following steps to install software from the development computer to the system.

  1. In the Remote Target Configuration Wizard, enable the Update Target Software checkbox.
  2. Click the Browse button next to the Software Image to Install on the Target control.
  3. Navigate to the Vision Builder AI software image you want to use and click OK. Software images provided by National Instruments are installed to the <Vision Builder AI>\RT Images directory, where <Vision Builder AI> is the location where Vision Builder AI is installed.
  4. Click OK to apply the IP configuration settings and download software to the real-time NI Embedded Vision System. You will be notified that the target is automatically rebooting itself.
  5. Click OK to close the Remote Target Configuration Successful dialog box.

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6. Acquiring Your First Image with Vision Builder AI

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

  1. In the Select Remote Target dialog box, select your configured real-time NI Embedded Vision System and click OK.
  2. On the Vision Builder AI Welcome screen, click Configure Inspection.
  3. In the Inspection Steps palette, select the Acquire Images tab.
  4. Click the Acquire Image (IEEE 1394 or GigE) step or the Acquire Image step for Camera Link cameras. The property page for the step opens.
  5. Click Acquire Single Image to acquire an image from the device.
  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. Refer to the Where to Go from Here section for a list of documentation and other resources to help you set up and use the EVS-1464RT and EVS-1463RT in an application.

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7. Next Steps and Additional Information

EVS-1464RT and EVS-1463RT 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

Tutorial: What Is the Real-Time NI Embedded Vision System?

FAQ: Real-Time NI Embedded Vision System FAQ

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