Product Spotlight -
Aeronaut's New Cyclops
Cyclops Machine Vision
Aeronaut's Cyclops Machine Vision is a low-cost, simple and
effective tool which, in conjunction with the software joystick,
allows the user to have an accurate and detailed view of exactly
what is on the cutting table at the cutting head.
The Cyclops camera is mounted on the cutting head and looks at a
small area of the cutting table below the head. The image from the
camera can be displayed in Tangent on the computer in a slide-out
view attached to the software joystick window. Clicking on any point
inside the Cyclops view will rapidly centre the cutter and camera
over that point.
Once the camera is aligned over a point, a whole range of
functions become a great deal easier. For a start, you can see
exactly where the cutter head is over a job for example to make sure
that a cut pattern is going to fit on the fabric on the table.
Cyclops can be easily used to create accurate alignment grids in
a nesting queue and locate registration and registration marks to
fit digitally printed material on the cutting table.
Patterns in the queue can have
registration marks. These are either imported in the original file
or added in Tangent. The cutter and Cyclops camera is moved to the
approximate position of the first registration mark by clicking in
the queue and using the contextual menu 'Move here on table'. The
mark is then centred accurately using the Cyclops camera and a
registration mark set.
Once one alignment mark in the
queue is registered, the cutter can be rapidly moved to other
alignment marks using the Move to Mark button.
Cyclops can be used to locate
fabric defects which, in conjunction with Tangent's Fault Line
feature, allows you to create a buffer zone and manually or
automatically nest around the them.
The cutter can be easily moved
around the table using the software joystick but Cyclops is
especially effective when used in with SiliconEye. With SiliconEye,
you get the big picture… you can see all over the table and with
Cyclops, you see the fine detail.
As with so many things, Cyclops
is one of those tools that once you see it working, you won't know
how you can ever did without it.
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