Teledyne presents low-cost and versatile vision sensor

Aug. 21, 2019
Teledyne DALSA’s BOA Spot XL vision sensor can perform a range of inspection tasks for plastics processors.

Versatility is the hallmark of Teledyne DALSA’s new, low-cost BOA Spot XL vision sensor, which can perform a range of inspection tasks for plastics processors.

The BOA Spot XL sensor — available in three models with different specifications — is designed for industrial automation and inspection.

“These vision sensors can perform a range of inspection tasks, like detecting the presence or absence of features, checking part colors, checking molded parts for flashing or short shots, verifying inserts in molds before closure, verifying assembly labels on parts and aligning parts for robotic handling,” the company said.

The all-in-one BOA Spot XL comes with integrated LED lighting, lens cover and easy-to-use software. Embedded vision tools can detect part position, part location, features and defects, as well as perform measurement and pattern matching. It also is capable of optical character recognition.

“The sensor provides a suite of tools that can be used for a multitude of inspection tasks, including sorting,” the company said. “No additional software is required. All of the software is self-contained on the vision sensor. Measurement results can be communicated automatically from the sensor to a PLC or central processor.”

Compatible protocols, such as Ethernet/IP and Profinet, provide standard languages for communicating with third-party equipment such as robots or a factory computer system.

“BOA Spot XL vision sensors deliver the performance and capabilities of a sophisticated smart vision system,” said Steve Geraghty, GM of Teledyne DALSA’s Industrial Imaging Solutions U.S.

BOA Spot XL model 0640M-XL includes a monochrome sensor with a resolution of 640 pixels by 480 pixels that captures video at 45 frames per second (fps). Model 0640C-XL includes a color sensor with a resolution of 640 pixels by 480 pixels at 30 fps. Model 1280M-XL includes a monochrome sensor with a 1,280- by-960-pixel resolution at 30 fps.

Teledyne DALSA also recently introduced its Z-Trak LP1 series of 3-D laser profilers for measurement of parts. They come with software designed for easy setup and deployment.

Z-Trak laser profilers are ideal for in-line metrology, volumetric measurements, parts inspection and identification, and bin-picking applications, the company said.

Key features include the profilers’ ability to measure objects with different levels of surface reflectance; availability in a wide selection of measurement ranges, from 10mm to 1,000mm; and compact IP67-rated housing for resistance to dust and water.

Bruce Geiselman, senior staff reporter

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Teledyne DALSA Inc.  Waterloo, Ontario, 519-886-6000,

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Bruce Geiselman | Senior Staff Reporter

Senior Staff Reporter Bruce Geiselman covers extrusion, blow molding, additive manufacturing, automation and end markets including automotive and packaging. He also writes features, including In Other Words and Problem Solved, for Plastics Machinery & Manufacturing, Plastics Recycling and The Journal of Blow Molding. He has extensive experience in daily and magazine journalism.