Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Don’t overlook Matrox

Cognex have done a terrific job of making their InSight smart camera range the tool of choice for any manufacturing engineer needing to implement machine vision. The yellow housings are instantly recognizable and engineers know the software will work. Back in the ‘70’s ‘they’ used to say that no one ever got fired for buying IBM. Well the same goes for Cognex in the machine vision world: it’s the safe choice so why shop around?

Well before handing over your credit card to the folks in Natick (or one of their distributors,) I suggest you do a little “due diligence” and take a look at the Matrox Iris GT smart camera. OK, so a camera is a camera, but the software merits a closer look. Matrox have been developing their “Design Assistant” package to the point where it’s a worthy alternative to InSight Explorer. The latest release, 2.3, (due out any day) improves upon their part fixturing capabilities and adds a bead tool, which I think is quite useful. In addition, and I realize this is just personal choice, I prefer the flowchart approach to programming/development taken by Matrox in Design Assistant to the InSight spreadsheet. Your experience may of course be different.

That’s all for now. I just wanted to say, don’t automatically plump for Cognex. You owe it to yourself (and your employer,) to shop around.

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