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Matrox 4GPMJM4DA*

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Matrox Imaging Computers

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GigE Vision, USB connections for control, GigE connection for remote control and network access

Salient Features

4GPMJM4DA* Matrox 4Sight GPm integrated unit with Intel® Celeron® J1900, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 32GB mSATA SSD, Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Standard 7 (32-bit or 64-bit). Includes DVD with Matrox Design Assistant IDE and a maintenance registration number.

Rugged, capable and configurable vision systems

Matrox 4Sight GPm with Design Assistant is a line of rugged, capable and configurable vision systems for rapid development and deployment onto the factory floor without the need for conventional programming. Equipped with up to four Gigabit Ethernet ports with power and up to four SuperSpeed USB ports, Matrox 4Sight GPm supports the use of multiple GigE Vision® and USB3 Vision™ industrial cameras to keep an eye on one or many production lines. Powered by a range of mobile-class embedded Intel® processors, it has the ability to cost-effectively handle typical multi-camera inspection applications. It can easily directly connect to factory automation equipment and enterprise systems through discrete I/O, Ethernet, RS232/RS485 and USB ports. An industrial-strength design and careful component selection ensure its long term availability.

Matrox 4Sight GPm Benefits

  • Tackle typical vision workloads with a mobile-class embedded Intel processor
  • Employ the right image sensor format, resolution and frame rate for the job by connecting any GigE Vision or USB3 Vision camera
  • Inspect multiple sites through the support for up to four GigE Vision and up to four USB3 Vision cameras
  • Simplify cabling for GigE Vision installations using Power-over-Ethernet (PoE) enabled ports
  • Connect separately to the factory floor and enterprise networks via up to two more Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • Synchronize with other automation equipment using the integrated real-time digital I/Os with rotary encoder support and RS232/RS485 ports
  • Install in space-limited hostile environments with a small footprint ruggedized casing
  • Reduce service stoppages with a fanless design
  • Employ for the long run with assurance as a result of a managed extended lifecycle

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Design Assistant – Application Design

Flowchart and operator interface design are done within the Matrox Design Assistant IDE running on the Matrox 4Sight GPm vision system or hosted on a computer running Microsoft® Windows® 2. A flowchart is put together using a step-by-step approach, where each step is taken from an existing toolbox and is configured interactively. The toolbox includes steps for image analysis and processing, communication, flow-control, and I/O. Outputs from one step, which can be images and/or alphanumeric results, are easily linked to the appropriate inputs of any other step. Decision making is performed using a conditional step, where the logical expression is described interactively. Results from image analysis and processing steps are immediately displayed to permit the quick tuning of parameters. A contextual guide provides assistance for every step in the flowchart. Flowchart legibility is maintained by grouping steps into sub-flowcharts.

In addition to flowchart design, Matrox Design Assistant enables the creation of a custom, web-based operator interface to the application through an integrated HTML visual editor. Users alter an existing template using a choice of annotations (graphics and text), inputs (edit boxes, control buttons and image markers) and outputs (original or derived results, and status indicators). A filmstrip view is also available to keep track of, and navigate to, previously analyzed images. The operator interface can be further customized using a third-party HTML editor.

Matrox Design Assistant can be used on a Matrox 4Sight GPm vision system or in emulation mode. The latter allows for the design and testing of a flowchart and the creation of an operator interface without requiring the Matrox vision system. Matrox Design Assistant’s emulation mode is used to enable parallel project work, resulting in greater development efficiency.

Design Assistant – Why a Flowchart?

The flowchart is a universally accessible, recognized and understood method of describing the sequence of operations in a process. Manufacturing engineers and technicians in particular have all been exposed to the intuitive, logical and visual nature of the flowchart.

Create custom flowchart steps

Users have the ability to extend the capabilities of Matrox Design Assistant by way of the included Custom Step software development kit (SDK). The SDK, in combination with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2010, enables the creation of custom flowchart steps using the C# programming language. These steps can implement proprietary image analysis and processing, as well as proprietary communication protocols. The SDK comes with numerous project samples to accelerate development.

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Custom Step SDK

Application deployment

Once development is complete, the project, with flowchart and operator interface, is deployed either locally or remotely. Local deployment is to the same computer or Matrox 4Sight GP vision system as was used for development. Remote deployment is to a different computer, including a Matrox 4Sight GPm vision system, or a Matrox smart camera.

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Design Assistant – Customizable Developer Interface

The Matrox Design Assistant user interface can be tailored by each developer. The workspace can be rearranged, even across multiple monitors, to suit individual preferences and further enhance productivity.

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