Machine vision cables are an integral part of any machine vision system. The cables carry image data to a computer and may even provide power to the camera at the same time. Without robust machine vision cables, high-performance imaging would not be possible.
However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which type of machine vision cables are best for your application. It may be tempting to simply find the cables with the highest bandwidth or longest length, but this may not necessarily be best suited for your application.
Select the Best Machine Vision Interface First
The first step in finding the right cables for your machine vision application is to select the right machine vision interface first. This will drastically narrow down your cable options while also ensuring your machine vision system is as effective and productive as possible.
The bandwidth your application requires, the performance tradeoffs of each type of interface, the relative merits of emerging interfaces, and the primary goals of your application should all inform your decision to select the right machine vision interface.
Selecting the Right Machine Vision Cables
After the correct interface is chosen, choosing machine vision cables will be much easier. You need to consider any unique demands, first and foremost, regarding mechanical, thermal, or chemical exposure. This will impact cable flexibility, transmission distance, connector integrity and cable routing.
For environmental protection, take a close look at different cable jacket materials – PVC, TPE, PUR, PWIS, and IP Ratings all have very different properties and are intended for specific environments. Additionally, assess how much the cable will need to move and in which directions. This will determine whether you need static, drag chain or robotic cables for your vision application.
There are many different considerations when it comes to selecting the right machine vision cable. First, it starts with finding the right interface, and then assessing the environmental requirements of your application in relation to the various properties of machine vision cables that work with your interface.
Choosing machine vision cables isn’t always easy. For more information or to get assistance, browse machine vision cables from Phase 1 Technology and speak with a product specialist.