LM3's PAQi, short for picture acquisition and inspection, provides a means to capture quality control images in production for use in warranty claims as well machine vision-based inspection. The PAQi, running on Windows 10 Enterprise IoT, contains software to acquire images from any DirectShow, USB3, or GigE compatible camera as well as an API for National Instruments’ Vision Builder AI inspection software for advanced machine vision inspection. LM3's PAQi can also connect to a cloud or localized Deep Learning AI server for performing deep learning for classification and defect detection applications.
LM3 has committed extensive R&D to our PAQi vision system to address cost constraints that limits the wide-scale use of machine vision in production. Our PAQi with one camera is cost competitive with the standard high-resolution color smart cameras by Keyence, Cognex, Banner Engineering, and the like and is a fraction of the cost of multi-camera systems by those same suppliers. With an onboard Modbus TCP PLC, the system can interface with your production equipment using either digital IO or Industrial Communications including EthernetIP and Modbus TCP. This flexible machine vision platform contains the following standard but configurable features with the ability for customization on request:
A PowerPoint presentation on the PAQi: Picture Acqusition and Inspection is available here: