Manage Vision System

Use the Vision System Management [S2823] screen to add, edit, copy, or delete a visions system.

A vision system is one or a series of cameras or scanners setup to view and test a part during production.

The Vision System Management screen is divided up into 3 frames:

  • Vision Parts is where you add what part the vision system will be applied to and what information to send when the testing is successful.

  • Camera Definition is where you add what cameras or scanners will be used to view and test the part.

  • Camera Details is where you add what tests each camera will take on the part.


Before using the vision system, the following items are required:

  • Parts must be entered on Part Master [S1009]

  • Parameter master record with Parameter ID of VIS_GROUP must be entered on Parameter Management [S2663]

  • VIS_GROUP must have at least one Parameter Detail entry created on Parameter Management [S2663] or Parameter Detail [S2711]

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Step 1 - Add a part vision system:

  1. Navigate to the Vision System Management [S2823] screen.

  2. On the screen task bar, click Add.

  3. Enter the desired information.

    The Type of test to run includes:

    • SS or Single Step - use this setting to run all the test details set under camera details at once.

    • MS or Multi Step - use this setting to run the test details set under camera details in sequence, based on the step number.

    • CAL or Calibration - use this setting to calibrate the camera and confirm that it is in the correct location and aimed correctly.

  4. Set RS232 Out to OUT4.

  5. Click OK.

Step 2 - Add camera definition:

  1. Select the Camera Definition frame.

  2. On the screen task bar, click Add.

  3. Enter the desired information.

    Tip: Set the X/Y resolution at the lowest possible value to increase the speed of the test and save storage if the snapshots are being saved.

  4. To assist with creating tests, under Camera Definition, add an Example File image for the camera.

  5. Click OK.

    Note: Repeat steps 2-4 to add all the required cameras for the test case.

Step 3 - Add the camera details:

To auto-complete the camera details, click Setup to launch the Vision Setup window. To manually input the details, proceed to 1.

  1. Select the Camera Details frame.

  2. On the screen task bar, click Add.

  3. Enter the desired information. For test Type information, see Camera Details Reference.

  4. Click OK.

    Note: Repeat steps 2-4 to add more tests.


You have added a camera. Once the vision setup is complete, navigate to Device / Shop Monitor Manager [S2605] and, under Device Channels, assign the vision group to the required shop device.


  • To launch the Setup Aid application, click the Setup button.

  • Use the following fields to automatically send data when a PASS result is returned from the test setup under camera details:

    • RS232 Out - sends the text entered into the field.
    • Out Pin - sends a high signal (1) to the specified output pin.
    • Label to Print - prints the specified label
    • Label Params - prints the parameter on the specified label
  • To add a copy of a document, click to launch the File Picker app.

  • The Save Snapshot allows you to set what the camera will do based on the test results:

    • 0 never save

    • 1 save snapshot when the test PASSES

    • 2 save snapshot when the test FAILS

    • 3 always save

  • A snapshot X/Y value of 0 uses the default X/Y resolution set for the camera.

  • The snapshot X/Y value cannot be higher than the camera setting.

  • Use a lower snapshot X/Y resolution, with, and height to decrease the size of the files stored.

  • To action a previously created item, select the item and click the desired mode: Edit, Copy, or Delete.