Low-Cost Vision Sensors Combine Multiple Analysis Tools in Single Compact Housing


Minneapolis, MN—March 17, 2006—The new PresencePLUS® P4 OMNI and P4 OMNI 1.3 vision sensors from Banner Engineering Corp. combine all P4 vision inspection and analysis tools into one self-contained housing. The complete range of tools—including GEO, Gray Scale, Blob, Edge, Object and optional Bar Code Reader—makes it easy to robustly inspect for multiple features. The P4 OMNI offers 640 x 480 pixel resolution for accurate analysis at high speeds, and the P4 OMNI 1.3 features 1280 x 1024 resolution for extra detail or extended sensing field of view. Priced at half the cost of comparable sensors, the P4 OMNI family is a tremendous value starting at only $1995.

“The P4 OMNI offers a complete set of vision tools to solve thousands of inspection challenges,” said Dan Holste, Banner’s director of Vision Products. “One do-it-all sensor is extremely exciting for customers who want to add vision inspection technology to several processes of their operation.” Holste adds, “Users can quickly switch between applications without changing sensors. You just won’t find this level of functionality in another vision sensor for under $2,000.”

Applications. The P4 OMNI and P4 OMNI 1.3 allow users to accurately solve many different factory applications, making them ideal for a wide range of applications that include the following:

  • Establish that products are correctly oriented for robots to handle in an automatic feed work cell.
  • Eliminate rejects before they have been assembled or packaged.
  • Verify the presence and placement of all clips, bolts and nuts in an automotive trim panel.
    Ensure the correct number of holes are punched into a sheet of metal.
  • Provide traceability in assembly operations.

Several features of the P4 OMNI and P4 OMNI 1.3 make them particularly easy to install and use:

  • They each deliver a more complete range of sensing and analysis tools.
  • Remote TEACH allows the sensors to learn new features to inspect for, without connecting to a PC or shutting down the production line.
  • A built-in live video output allows users to view the sensor’s inspections in real time and to view failed inspection images without a PC.
  • The P4 OMNI family interfaces to machinery or factory networks through a built-in 10/100 Ethernet connection or RS-232 serial input/outputs.

Specifications. The compact, self-contained P4 OMNI and P4 OMNI 1.3 are available with two lens positions: in-line (on the end of the housing) and right-angle (on the side of the housing). Both versions measure only 66.8 mm wide; the in-line model is 136.1 mm long, and the right-angle model is just 124.5 mm long. The included mounting brackets make it easy to attach the P4 OMNI and P4 OMNI 1.3 sensors to machines or conveyors. The units include three bi-color LED indicators that clearly show unit status during setup and operation. Models operate on 10 to 30V dc. Banner also offers hundreds of lighting and lensing options to solve even the most challenging applications.

A family of easy-to-use vision sensors. Banner’s PresencePLUS Pro vision sensor defined low-cost vision sensing. The PresencePLUS P4 GEO, P4 GEO 1.3, P4 EDGE, P4 EDGE 1.3, P4 AREA, P4 AREA 1.3, P4 BCR, P4 BCR 1.3, P4 OMNI and P4 OMNI 1.3 continue this trend of making it easy and affordable to adopt vision sensing capabilities at multiple points. One reason Banner’s PresencePLUS vision sensor products are so successful is because they share a user interface that many consider the easiest to use on the market today. It is available in nine languages: English, Simplified Chinese, Traditional Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. With the PresencePLUS’s intuitive interface, even operators with only basic computer skills can easily set up an inspection.

About Banner. Banner Engineering is the world’s leading manufacturer of vision sensors, photoelectric and ultrasonic sensors, fiber optic assemblies, electronic machine guarding systems and precision measurement systems.

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