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perfecting cellphone image quality, PI's multi-axis hexapods
perform 6D movements in a compact space based on parallel kinematics, ensuring accuracy for all degrees of freedom.
With a large basis of standard piezo components and materials as well as precision motion products, PI is can quickly
modify existing designs or provide a fully customized OEM
solution to fit the exact requirements of your application from
sensors and transducers to microscope auto-focus units, fast
positioning stages to multi-axis automation systems.
Find more information at https://www.pi-usa.us/en.

Intelligent Drive Module HighPerformance Multi-Axis Ethercat®
DS402 Drive for OEM
Machine Builders
ACS launches a new line of highperformance Intelligent Drive
Module products. The IDMsm is a
2- or 4-axis EtherCAT® DS402 universal servo drive featuring unique
control algorithms and processing technologies that enhance the
performance of high-precision motion stages. Certified as EtherCAT
Conformance Tested®, the IDMsm
provides up to 5 A continuous and
10 A peak per axis with 12-48 VDC
drive supply.
Product Highlights:
◗◗ Powerful tuning and performance analysis software tools
for stage performance optimization
◗◗ Advanced servo control algorithms for gantries and other
multi-axis stage configurations
◗◗ Intuitive ACSPL+ real time programming with up
to 4 simultaneous threads for maximum application
flexibility
◗◗ Standard DS402/CiA402 CoE EtherCAT interface
provides connectivity to any EtherCAT master controller -Flexibility to interface with multiple motor types for
best technology fit on each axis: brushless, brush, voice
coil or stepper
◗◗ Integral Safe Torque Off (STO), SS1 functional safety
capabilities -Certified EtherCAT Conformance Tested®
For more product details, contact sales@acsmotioncontrol.
com.

Artificial Intelligence Vision Apps
Available to Factory Automation
The recently released software update for the IDS NXT platform provides users of the all-in-one AI solution IDS NXT ocean
with many new features. It extends the system's AI capabilities

April 2021	

to include object detection,
offers turnkey solutions
with vision apps and, with
a new development environment, ensures that users
can program their own image processing tasks and
execute them as vision
apps on their cameras. Using OPC UA, AI-based image processing can also be integrated directly into factory automation
without writing a single line of code. The update is free and can
be used with all IDS NXT cameras.
IDS NXT ocean makes image processing with artificial intelligence as simple as possible. Users without deep learning
or programming skills are supported by precisely coordinated
workflows and tools. They can now use the new vision apps
" Classifier " and " Object Detector " , for example, to classify image components or identify specific objects based on artificial
intelligence with their cameras.
IDS provides the new development environment " IDS
NXT Vision App Creator. " Developers and AI specialists can
now dive even deeper into the system, create individual vision apps and adjust IDS NXT cameras even more effectively
to their needs. This also allows the combination of classifications or object recognition with classic image processing, such
as measurement tasks, to be realized in one device.
Another major improvement is the integration of the industry-standard protocol OPC UA. IDS NXT cameras can now
communicate with machines and controllers in the same language and exchange tasks or results directly. The use of this
key technology enables the integration of intelligent cameras
into factory automation without additional hardware or programming effort.
Further information can be found at http://www.ids-nxt.
com.
Robert Goldberg (r.goldberg@ieee.org) has over 35 years' experience with over 25 years in management of the design and
development of hardware and software for a broad range of
military electronic products involving digital, RF/Microwave,
electro-optical and electromechanical systems. He is retired
from ITT Aerospace Communications Division in Clifton, NJ,
where he was responsible for Sensor Communication programs utilizing the application of sensor radios developed by
ITT as a result of work with DARPA on the Small Unit Operations Situation Awareness System (SUOSAS). Prior to joining
ITT, he held positions in systems test and systems engineering with Northrop Grumman in programs related to RF and
IR electronic warfare systems. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and
is currently chairman of the Fellows Evaluation Committee of
the IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Society.

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