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SYSTEM INTEGRATION INTECH MAY/JUNE 2019 29 hundreds of machine vision systems in their shop floors across the world, the savings are massive. ● Faster time to market: As reconfigu- rable systems can be easily upgraded, a product with reduced functionalities can be quickly designed and released to the market. Unlike ASIC systems, most reconfigurable platforms have simulators that developers can use to swiftly build prototypes and facilitate faster time to market. ● Lower system cost: For ASIC and general- purpose hardware, the design costs are high, and the life of the vision product is short. Because reconfigurable sys- tems have flexibility and upgrades, the upfront design costs are substantially lower, and the shelf life of the vision product can be significantly enhanced. The drawbacks ● Difficulty in programming reconfigu- rable chips: The programming issues in reconfigurable computing involve the placement of the new hardware and routing. Once a new hardware is introduced, the time synchroni - zation between the older hardware system and newly introduced hard- ware should be factored in. Other- wise, the system can behave incon- sistently. ● Development tools: The existing de- velopment tools in reconfigurable computing require a great deal of manual intervention. Most of these tools are in the development stage and not very mature. Developers need commercial off-the-shelf tools to be able to handle the develop - ment and implementation of recon- figurable systems. Weighing the pros and cons, recon- figurable computing has immense promise in the field of machine vision. As more developers get onboard the reconfigurable wagon, the development and implementation of these systems will significantly ease. ■ ABOUT THE AUTHOR Gineesh Sukumaran (Gineesh.Sukuma- ran@Ltts.com) is an image processing and computer vision specialist. He is technical head at L&T Technology Services' Digital Image Processing division and has more than 14 years of experience in the design and development of computer vision algorithms. Sukumaran's research inter- ests include biomedical image analysis, multiple view geometry, and deep learn- ing. He has six patents in this field. View the online version at www.isa.org/intech/20190604. Ambient air and process monitoring in industrial and urban areas auto GCs for online monitoring of VOCs/BTEX in air, water or soil Continuous measurement at low concentration levels ppt / ppb / ppm / % Optimization of gas odorization with odorant injection pump control Compliant with EN 14662-3 and ASTM 7493 No interferences with BENZENE 0FHUWVFHUWL¿HGDQG86(3$DSSURYHG VOCs analyzer in Wall Mounted Exp or Exd cabinet www.chromatotec.com - info@chromatotec.com Online Gas Analyzer Experts Sulfur compounds, VOCs and Odorants Monitoring in Hazardous Areas 40 YEARS OF EXPERTISE C h r o m a t o t e c® c e l eb r a t e s i n o n -li n e i n s t r u m e n t a Ɵ o n BTEX VOCs Odorants 6W\UHQH 3KHQRO RESOURCES The Current Status of Reconfigurable Computing https://doi.org/10.3929/ethz-a-004704215 Reconfigurable computing: architectures and design methods http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~wl/papers/05/ iee05tjt.pdf Con n ect Your Allen-Bradley PLC to the cloud Move Your Data to a Web Services Application You'll find it easier than ever to make your Allen-Bradley PLC accessible to your Cloud or enterprise systems using simple HTTP commands. Register or tag data in your PLC is exchanged with your enterprise system or cloud application as an XML or JSON file. Connect up to 5 ControlLogix, Compact CompactLogix, FlexLogix, MicroLogix, PLC5E or SLC PLCs Move up to 1000 points of data in each direction Operates as either an HTTP client or server The The 460ETCWI helps you move your data where, when and how you want. rtautomation.com/product/460etcwi Call 800-249-1612 today or email solutions@rtautomation.com for a free demo or to discuss your application! To claim your free copy, visit: info.rtautomation.com/whitepaper GET THE AB PLC PROGRAM M ER'S COM MON SENSE GUIDE TO THE CLOUD!

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