SEPTEMBER 24--Cognex Corporation (Natick, MA; www.cognex.com), a supplier of machine-vision systems, has introduced two high-performance systems for automatically identifying tires and wheels. Designed to ensure the presence of correct tires and wheels at multiple process points, the new systems offer unmatched identification accuracy at production line speeds.
The TIS-8000 tire identification system provides high accuracy, in-process verification, and identification of tires using specialized machine-vision software for recognizing tire treads and sidewalls. Common applications include tracking and sorting tires during manufacturing, verifying the correct tire models prior to mounting onto wheels, and ensuring the correct sequence of tires prior to shipping.
The WIS-8000 wheel-identification system automatically recognizes wheel spoke patterns, wheel finish, and other features to ensure the presence of correct wheels. Common applications include identifying wheels prior to balancing to trigger proper balance routine and ensuring that the correct wheels are paired with the correct tires for a particular vehicle.
The TIS-8000 and WIS-8000 systems offer ID accuracy and reliability by leveraging Cognex's PatMax geometric pattern-matching technology. This technology, which has several patents pending, recognizes specific part features, such as treads and spoke patterns, despite variations in part position, scale, or appearance. The systems are also very simple to use, featuring highly intuitive operator screens that make application setup and changeover as easy as pressing a button. Users can also easily store applications into memory and download them to other production lines where tires and wheels need to be identified.
The TIS-8000 and WIS-8000 identification systems are equipped with a Cognex PC-based machine vision frame grabber, Sony XC-55 camera kit, identification and verification application software, network connectivity software, and specifications for lighting and light booth construction. Additionally, Cognex engineering services are available to provide assistance with setup, operation, and the tracking of results. Cognex also offers a combined tire and wheel identification system. The systems are available immediately.