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SIMATIC VS 110 Vision Sensor

Image processing without the need

for specialist knowledge

SIMATIC VS 110 intelligence inside:
Teaching instead of programming

Learning by doing this is exactly what the new image processing sensor SIMATIC VS 110 does: because

SIMATIC VS 110 is taught instead of being programmed. It proves its worth in the visual inspection of small parts

being fed into assembling robots and in many other conveyor-type applications, because the intelligent

SIMATIC VS 110 is specially designed for outline recognition.

Visual inspection All you need is included This means that you can generate
the complete overview in this image processing solution
SIMATIC VS 110 is supplied as a
any position yourself, even if you have no or
complete package. Everything
little prior knowledge of image
SIMATIC VS 110 checks that the that you need for your image pro-
object is of the right type, that it cessing solution is already in-
is aligned correctly for infeed and cluded in the scope of supply.
Start-up in the twinkling
that it is undamaged. You will find a:
of an eye
The new SIMATIC VS 110 is perfect Sensor head (camera) with a
Installation, start-up and operation
for retrofitting existing machines pre-adjusted lens
of SIMATIC VS 110 are so simple
with flexible visual inspection. This
Processing unit that special courses are not neces-
enables faults to be detected at
sary. For fine adjustment, you can
an early stage in batch production Infrared lighting unit (back-
connect a standard PC to SIMATIC
and prevents any future sources lighting)
VS 110. Using the set-up software,
of error resulting from an increas-
Plug-in cables you can then check immediately
ing number of new types.
from live images whether the
Easily understandable
Machine builders can use sensor head and lighting unit are
documentation on CD including
SIMATIC VS 110 to ensure the correctly mounted and that the
set-up software
quality of parts produced by the test object is correctly recognized.
machine and to enable a conveyor Thereafter the PC is no longer
Teaching instead of
system to be used for several dif- necessary, the device does the
ferent types of parts. rest on its own.
You certainly dont have to be an
expert in image processing to im-
plement a machine vision solution
with SIMATIC VS 110. There is no
need to program SIMATIC VS 110,
it is simply trained. You teach it
its processing task simply by show-
ing it a Good part.

Lighting unit (infrared, backlighting)

Sensor head Conveyor medium

(camera) Processing unit with test objects

Remote control
via any PLC
Digital interfaces to the I/O Flexible in use
One of the three signals OK_A, When you use the SIMATIC VS 110
OK_B or NOK is output as a test Vision Sensor, you are not bound
result. Signals OK_A and OK_B to a specific type of conveyor, you
allow correct objects to be de- have all the flexibility you need
tected in both of their preferred for your task and requirements.
views and, if necessary, they can SIMATIC VS 110 cooperates with
be manipulated accordingly vibrating conveyors (spiral and
(e.g. rotated). linear systems), conveyor belts and
work holder carousels just as well
The NOK signal allows faulty parts
as with gripper units and many
(deformed or of the wrong type)
other devices. SIMATIC VS 110 is
to be rejected. SIMATIC VS 110 is
also flexible with regard to the
also equipped with digital inter-
format of the test objects: the two
faces for connecting to any type
variants offered process parts sizes
of programmable controller or
SIMATIC VS 110 Vision Sensor ranging from 4 x 4 x 1 mm to 59 x
pneumatic valve. The response of
how it works 45 x 20 mm.
the three quality outputs can be
On the conveyor, the sensor head adapted to the plant with regard SIMATIC VS 110 is an extremely
and the lighting unit are mounted to pulse duration and distance to powerful Vision Sensor with a fast
opposite each other. SIMATIC the sensor head. processing technique for high
VS 110 checks the part using a inspection rates. Depending on
Data to be checked from up to 15
technique similar to a light bar- the size of the parts, it achieves
different parts are stored in non-
rier in backlit mode as a shadow more than 25 processings per
volatile memory in the processing
image. This ensures that any sur- second at transport speeds of up
unit of the SIMATIC VS 110. The
face structures on the test object to 15 m/min. It goes without
actual type to be tested is selected
do not interfere with the test re- saying that the industry-compatible
either manually using the operator
sult. The infrared lighting also VS 110 meets the SIMATIC quality
keys or automatically by a PLC via
ensures that SIMATIC VS 110 is not standard and is a component part
remote control. In this case, there
affected by daylight variations. of Totally Integrated Automation.
is no need for user intervention at
The sensor head and lighting unit the device on-site, so the infeed
can also be mounted in moving equipment can be changed over
systems, because they are small in for different batches and types in
size and the connecting cables are a second. There is no retooling
suitable for trailing. The processing work, such as that necessary for
unit with an integrated display and mechanical baffle plates.
operator keys can be installed at
an easily accessible location for
ergonomic operation.
SIMATIC VS 110 can also be remote-
controlled using a programmable
controller even for teaching new
test objects!
Test activation known as trigger-
ing can be performed in one of
two ways: either externally, by a
light barrier; or automatically, with
SIMATIC VS 110 detecting objects
in its range of vision and then ana-
lyzing them.
Contour comparison
Three outline-inspection tasks in a single step

In the outline inspection, the con-

tour of the test object is compared
with the taught Good part. For
simple conveyors, a stand-alone
solution can be implemented with-
out the need for an additional PLC.

Clear separation of
wheat from the chaff
Taught Good
With SIMATIC VS 110 you can per- test object (OK_A)
form three different outline inspec-
tion tasks in a single test step:
Correct test object: type
recognition to prevent mixing
with different parts
Correctly aligned test object:
the tested component is fed in
from the side, is not rotated and Which test objects
can be processed immediately can be inspected using
SIMATIC VS 110? Recognized Bad
Faulty test object: defects were test object (NOK)
detected in the shadow image The features relevant for inspec-
of the part as compared with tion or for distinguishing the type
the taught part; it is therefore must be clearly recognizable in
mis-shaped the contour of the test object.
SIMATIC VS 110 does not respond
For this purpose, the contours of to disturbing surface effects on
the trained Good part are com- the object and is therefore unaf-
pared with the currently presented fected by batch-specific variations
part and the differences are deter- in material.
mined (which may only be partially
detectable). Two sensor head variants are avail-
able to suit different sizes of parts:
Which types of conveyor
can be used? 7 to 59 mm x 7 to 45 mm x 1 to 20 mm
Various different infeed systems (width x height x depth)
can be used with SIMATIC VS 110, 4 to 35 mm x 4 to 25 mm x 1 to 10 mm
for example (width x height x depth).
Vibrating conveyors (spiral
and linear systems, chutes ...) The size of the test objects must
remain within these limits to en-
Conveyor belts sure stable operation of the image
Workholder carousels processing with SIMATIC VS 110.
Gripper units (pick-and-place It must be the case that each test
robots) object can only pass by the sensor
head in either one or only a few
distinctive views. The ideal test
objects are bolts or screws that
have rotational symmetry about
their transport axis. But also in the
case of injection-molded or metal
components, SIMATIC VS 110
produces accurate test results
as well.
The test object can either be com- Where do the Bad parts go?
pletely analyzed (when it is com-
SIMATIC VS 110 can directly acti-
pletely visible in the field of vision
vate pneumatic valves or miniature
of the sensor head) or only one
relays for ejecting or rotating the
detail (when only this detail is in
test objects.
the field of vision).
Typical examples of this are: The time response of the three
quality outputs OK_A, OK_B and
Screws, bolts: type recognition
NOK is adjustable with regard to
(e.g. different lengths), thread
pulse duration and distance to the
present/missing, machined/
sensor head. The device is rugged
and reliable in operation; an in-
Injection-molded components: correctly aligned or defective part
test object correctly formed, can always be manipulated at the
correctly aligned for infeed, ... correct point in the process. This
means that a stand-alone solution
Pharmaceutical products:
can be implemented for simple
tablets correctly formed/
conveyor systems without the
broken, ...
need for an additional PLC but with
Confectionery: sweets correctly maximum reliability. This can be
formed/mis-shaped, chocolates demonstrated by means of two
correctly formed/broken, ... examples:

What test results does Used on a vibrating container:

SIMATIC VS 110 supply? misaligned parts are blown back
into the container during infeed
You can teach the test object in its which gives them a second
preferred inclination A (e.g. 0) as chance to pass the quality test
well as in its second preferred incli- Do you have different image
nation B (e.g. rotated by 180). Used on a gripper unit: the
processing tasks?
One of the two outputs OK_A or gripper puts down wrong or
OK_B is then activated in accor- defective parts as NOK parts so If you have applications that are
dance with the inclination recog- that they do not enter the more complex than those that
Taught Good
nized. This can be used to control assembly process are within the scope of SIMATIC
test object (OK_A)
subsequent manipulation (e.g. ro- VS 110, we recommend the
Parts can be ejected by various
tation) or sorting. In the case SIMATIC VS 710 Vision Sensor.
different types of equipment:
of defective or incorrect parts, the This image processing system is a
NOK output is activated. Blast nozzle smart camera with an integrated
process-ing computer, PROFIBUS
Pneumatic cylinder
interface and convenient config-
Magnet uration software. It can be con-
figured for all types of demanding
Downstream PLC with separate
image processing and measur-
ejection control
ing tasks.
Recognized Bad To request further information on
test object (NOK) SIMATIC VS 710, please complete
the form on the back page.

Taught test object Rotated Good test Faulty test object

in Position A object in Position B (bolt too short)
Output OK_A Output OK_B Output NOK
Typical applications with SIMATIC VS 110
in different types of infeed equipment
SIMATIC VS 110 fulfills every wish
when it comes to flexibility. The Lighting unit Ejector Ejector
following typical application ex- Type A Type B
amples show how it keeps an eye
on the test objects while material
is being fed into the assembly ma-

Applications with auto

Frequent application areas for auto
triggering are conveyor belts and
vibrating conveyors with an almost
continuous material flow. It is not NOK
necessary in this case to mount an Type A Type B
additional initiator for triggering
SIMATIC VS 110 because the de-
vice can detect a new part autono- Sensor head Recognition and storage of 2 different Good types
mously. Blast nozzles, pneumatic
cylinders and magnets subse-
quently manipulate the parts. Conveyor belt with ejectors

Applications with external

External triggering by means of a Lighting unit
light barrier or PLC is largely used Correct part Blast nozzle Blast nozzle
in pulsed infeed equipment that in incorrect position NOK Position B
is fitted with grippers, handling fed in again
robots or workholder carousels.
The processing results are then
used by the PLC in further process-
ing, for placing the parts in loca-
tions specially reserved for rejects
and for counting objects.

NOK Position B

Sensor head Incorrect part Correct part

is ejected in incorrect position
fed in again
Conveyor belt with blast nozzles

Ejection route
Lighting unit

Sensor head

Workholder system with PLC-controlled ejection route

Well-proven in practice Correct parts that are reversed are
SIMATIC VS 110 in operation blown back into the container by
at the Rhein-Nadel company means of a blast nozzle and are
subject to the inspection procedure
The following example concerns
again. Faulty parts, e.g. incorrectly
an application in an infeed unit
aligned or damaged parts, are
of the Rhein-Nadel Automation
blown out into a special container
GmbH, comprising a vibration
as soon as they come out of the
conveyor and a conveyor belt.
container conveyor. Finally only the
From a vibrating container con- correct parts enter the downstream
veyor, bolt-type objects are aimed machine for assembly.
at a continuously running conveyor
belt. Directly in front of the outlet
of the container conveyor, the
SIMATIC VS 110 Vision Sensor
checks whether the transported
parts are of the required type,
whether they are correctly aligned
for infeed and whether they are
Easy to use thanks to Plug & Play
Image processing without the need for special skills
With SIMATIC VS 110, you can start And this is how easy it is to start Now you can accurately align
processing images immediately. up your SIMATIC VS 110: the sensor head and the lighting
The individual components of unit with the conveyor for both
The first step is to mount and
SIMATIC VS 110 have been spe- the smallest and largest test ob-
wire up the sensor head, pro-
cially selected for outline inspection jects. The set-up software gives
cessing unit and lighting unit
and for perfect mutual interaction. you the support you need to
according to the supplied instal-
There is therefore no need for you achieve stable test results later
lation instructions.
to spend time selecting the indi- during normal operation.
vidual components you will find Then start the set-up software
Then permanently fix the sensor
the right, fully adjusted lens and for SIMATIC VS 110 on a stan-
head and lighting unit by one
everything else in the complete dard PC with a Windows operat-
of the many easy fixing tech-
package. ing system and connect the PC
to the processing unit.
SIMATIC VS 110 Now disconnect the connection
image processing made easy to the PC.
The installation instructions ex- If necessary, create and test the
plain clearly and accurately how interface to a higher-level PLC.
you must mount the sensor head
Now all you have to do is teach
and the lighting. For initial instal-
your range of parts.
lation only, we recommend that a
PC is used for precise alignment of And thats it! Your Vision Sensor
the sensor head and lighting. But SIMATIC VS 110 is ready for oper-
a PC is no longer required when it ation.
comes to teaching your SIMATIC
VS 110 Good components.

The seven

Step 1: Processing unit Step 3: Teaching the back-
in Teach-in mode ground; automatic specification
of the processing range and

exclusion of the fixed installa-
tions, such as the front edge of
Teach-in is performed directly on the infeed system from further
the processing unit or, in the case processing. There is no need
of remote teach-in, via a PLC. to halt the conveyor for this pur-
All the inputs are entered on the pose!
processing unit with six com-
mand elements without the
need for a PC. The operator is Step 2: Selection of the new
guided step-by-step on the inte- pattern (type) 1 to 15 on the
grated LCD screen in English, for processing unit.

easy comprehension worldwide.
Training on the job
teaching a new part
SIMATIC VS 110 is not pro-
grammed. It learns its inspection
task by being presented with the
part to be inspected in one or
two views. All data for the test for
up to 15 different parts are stored
in non-volatile memory in the
processing unit of SIMATIC
VS 110. The test object is selected
manually using the command
elements or automatically by the
PLC via the digital inputs.

steps of teach-in:

5 Step 5: If required, you can now

teach the part to be inspected
in view B.
Step 7: Set the processing unit
to RUN and finished!

Your SIMATIC VS 110 Vision

Sensor is now ready for the first


Step 4: Teaching the part to be Step 6: Automatic detection Remote teach-in using a PLC is
inspected in view A: present the of the switching threshold performed by means of a user
Good component in view A (Quality) and any height program executing on the PLC
and operate the input key on the supplement (apparent variations (preferably in the form of a se-

display as prompted. The con- in height of the parts due to quencer) that automatically exe-
veyor can also continue to oper- vibrations in the conveyor pro- cutes the above steps. A new type
ate during this procedure. cess) by observing a preselect- can be taught during normal man-
able number of parts during the ufacturing.
conveying process.
Watch out for the camera!
SIMATIC VS 110 has got it all!

Sensor head (camera): Lighting unit:

CCD chip 640 x 480 square pixels Strobe lighting specially de-
signed for SIMATIC VS 110,
Digital image data transmission
implemented as backlighting
between sensor head and
processing unit (sensing Means of lighting: infrared LEDs
synchronized with pixels)
Power supply cable (suitable for
Sampling rate of 58 images/ trailing) for plugging in to side
second panel, 2.5 m long (power is sup-
plied from processing unit)
Extruded aluminum housing,
black anodized, for mounting Dimensions: 155.5 mm x
at any angle 130 mm x approx. 39 mm,
IP 40 degree of protection
Image data transmission cable
(suitable for trailing) for plug- Wide range of fixing possibilities
ging into rear, 2.5 m long
IP 65 degree of protection
42 mm x 42 mm x 100 mm
(height x width x depth)
Two variants are available with
fully adjusted lenses (no addi-
tional adjustment is necessary
during start-up!)

For test objects of size

7 to 59 mm x 7 to 45 mm x 1 to 20 mm
(width x height x depth, in each case minimum to maximum)

For test objects of size

4 to 35 mm x 4 to 25 mm x 1 to 10 mm
(width x height x depth, in each case minimum to maximum)

LCD screen Keys

RS 232 interface
Power supply Sensor head to IP 65
24 V DC with integrated, perma-
Digital link nently calibrated optics
Connection Connection for
for lighting sensor head
Processing unit:
Integrated strobe control and
power supply for the lighting
External, e.g. by means of light
barrier or
Automatic, in free-wheeling,
monitoring operation
Up to 15 different types of test
objects can be stored in non-
volatile memory in the process-
ing unit and can be selected
manually or automatically via
digital inputs, for example, by a
8 x digital IN 24 V DC, of which
one trigger input BERO Type II
Intelligent learning of new types 6 x digital OUT 24 V DC
(of which 3 suitable for direct
Parts flowrate of 5 to 25
switching of pneumatic
(maximum to minimum part
size) per second, max. permissi-
Comprehensive remote con-
ble parts speed of 250 mm/s
trol via a separate PLC is pos-
Infeed direction of the test sible including enable/inhibit
objects from left to right or for manual input
vice-versa (for automatic Digital image data interface
triggering) or as required for connection of the sensor
(for external triggering) head
Interface for connection of the
Three quality statements are
lighting unit (power supply,
strobe control)
OK_A (good part in view A)
Serial interface RS 232 for con-
OK_B (good part in view B)
nection of a standard PC to
NOK (wrong or damaged part
display the sensor image
or good part in invalid view)
during set-up
Permissible height offset can be
All cables are plug-in
set for test objects
IP 40 degree of protection, suit-
Rugged plastic housing, easy
able for installation outside a
fixing on-site
control cabinet
LCD screen (4 lines of 10 charac-
Power supply
ters) and six keys for operator
24 V DC, 2.5 A
170 mm x 140 mm x 76 mm
Wide range of fixing possibilities

General information:
Approvals: CE, UL, CSA, FM
Operating temperature
0 to 50 C fan-free
Lighting unit
implemented as
Your SIMATIC Machine Vision Partner
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+33/1-49 22 39 28
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Complete package for outline inspection tasks, comprising: Czech Republic Netherlands United Kingdom
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VS 110 processing unit to the IP 40 degree of protection Denmark Norway USA
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Power supply cable, 10 m long Sven Ole Christensen Roar Soevik Ed Rogin

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the processing unit to a PLC Finland Poland
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Documentation package, comprising the Getting Started Janne hman Michal Bereza
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the set-up software (for use on a PC)
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Infoservice AD/Z886 E
For object sizes from
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from 4 to 35 mm x 4 to 25 mm x 1 to 10 mm SIMATIC VS 710, the intelligent camera on
PROFIBUS. Please send me the brochure.
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Serial communication cable

For connecting a PC to the SIMATIC VS 110 processing unit,
5 m long (only necessary for initial start-up) Company
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