Matrox Imaging Iris GT Smart Camera with Matrox Design Assistant

Matrox Imaging Iris GT Smart Camera with Matrox Design Assistant

Product Overview:

  • Simplify system integration by using a camera, processor and software development package from a single vendor with over 30 years of industry experience
  • Reliably handle typical production rates by way of an efficient Intel® Atom® embedded processor running Microsoft® Windows® Embedded Compact 7
  • Conveniently administer, control and monitor application and device through a web-based user interface
  • Operate without a PC by way of built-in keyboard, video (monitor) and mouse (KVM) support
  • Tackle different image resolution, size and speed requirements through a choice of monochrome and color CCD sensors
  • Synchronize image capture and processing to the production process using the externally triggered electronic camera shutter
  • Directly interface to other automation equipment through the integrated digital I/Os, Ethernet and serial ports
  • Communicate over the factory-floor and enterprise networks by way of an Ethernet interface
  • Sturdy, dust-proof and washable IP67-rated casing that can be used in a variety of applications



Powerful, configurable smart cameras

Matrox Iris GT with Matrox Design Assistant is a line of powerful smart cameras with an intuitive, versatile and extendable integrated development environment (IDE). Manufacturing engineers and technicians can easily and quickly configure and deploy machine vision applications on a highly integrated platform without the need for conventional programming. Video capture, analysis, location, measurement, reading, verification, communication and I/O operations, as well as a web-based operator interface are all set up within the single IDE.

Industries served

Matrox Design Assistant is used to put together solutions for the agricultural, aerospace, automotive, beverage, consumer, construction material, cosmetic, electronic, energy, food, flat panel display, freight, machining, medical device, paper, packaging, pharmaceutical, printing, resource, robotics, security, semiconductor, shipping, textile, and transportation industries.

Advance replacement and premium warranty

The Matrox Iris GT was designed and is manufactured with great rigor by an established organization in world-class facilities. Users can trust that the Matrox Iris GT will perform reliably in typical industrial settings. For added assurance, users can opt for an advance replacement service or premium warranty. A malfunctioning smart camera in warranty will be replaced within two business days with either option in order to minimize system downtime. The premium warranty option extends the original warranty period for up to an additional two years. Contact your local Matrox representative for full program terms and conditions.

Develop and deploy your application

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Matrox Design Assistant1

New Matrox Design Assistant flowchart-based vision software is so easy to learn, anyone can use it. Design Assistant is an integrated development environment (IDE) where vision applications are created by constructing an intuitive flowchart instead of writing traditional program code. In addition to building a flowchart, the IDE enables users to directly design a graphical operator interface for the application. Since Design Assistant is hardware independent, you can choose any computer with GigE Vision® or USB3 Vision™ cameras and get the processing power you need. This field proven software is also a perfect match for the Matrox 4Sight GPm vision system or the Matrox Iris GT smart camera. Design Assistant gives you the freedom to choose the ideal platform for your next vision project.

Matrox Design Assistant Benefits
Easily and quickly solve machine vision applications without writing program codeusing an intuitive flowchart-based methodology
Choose the best platform for the job using a hardware-independent environment that supports any PC with any GigE Vision or USB3 Vision camera
Also deploy the same project to a rugged and reliable Matrox vision system and smart camera
Tackle machine vision applications with utmost confidence using field-proven tools for analyzing, locating, measuring, reading, and verifying
Learn and use a single program for creating both the application logic and operator interface
Work with multiple cameras within the same project
Rely on a common underlying vision library for the same results with a Matrox smart camera, vision system or third-party computer
Maximize productivity by getting instant feedback on image analysis and processing operations
Get immediate pertinent assistance through an integrated contextual guide
Communicate actions and results to other automation and enterprise equipmentthrough discrete Matrox I/Os, RS-232 and Ethernet (TCP/IP, EtherNet/IP™ 3, MODBUS®, PROFINET and native robot interfaces)
Maintain control and independence through the ability to create custom flowchart steps

Application design

Flowchart and operator interface design are done within the Matrox Design Assistant IDE hosted on a computer running Microsoft® Windows® 2. A flowchart is put together using a step-by-step approach, where each step is taken from an existing toolbox and is configured interactively. The toolbox includes steps for image analysis and processing, communication, flow-control, and I/O. Outputs from one step, which can be images and/or alphanumeric results, are easily linked to the appropriate inputs of any other step. Decision making is performed using a conditional step, where the logical expression is described interactively. Results from image analysis and processing steps are immediately displayed to permit the quick tuning of parameters. A contextual guide provides assistance for every step in the flowchart. Flowchart legibility is maintained by grouping steps into sub-flowcharts.

In addition to flowchart design, Matrox Design Assistant enables the creation of a custom, web-based operator interface to the application through an integrated HTML visual editor. Users alter an existing template using a choice of annotations (graphics and text), inputs (edit boxes, control buttons and image markers) and outputs (original or derived results, and status indicators). A filmstrip view is also available to keep track of, and navigate to, previously analyzed images. The operator interface can be further customized using a third-party HTML editor.

Matrox Design Assistant can be used with a Matrox Iris GT smart camera or in emulation mode. The latter allows for the design and testing of a flowchart and the creation of an operator interface without being connected to the smart camera. Matrox Design Assistant’s emulation mode is used to enable parallel project work, resulting in greater development efficiency.

Why a flowchart?

The flowchart is a universally accessible, recognized and understood method of describing the sequence of operations in a process. Manufacturing engineers and technicians in particular have all been exposed to the intuitive, logical and visual nature of the flowchart.

Create custom flowchart steps

Users have the ability to extend the capabilities of Matrox Design Assistant by way of the included Custom Step software development kit (SDK). The SDK, in combination with Microsoft Visual Studio® 2010 enables the creation of custom flowchart steps using the C# programming language. These steps can implement proprietary image analysis and processing, as well as proprietary communication protocols. The SDK comes with numerous project samples to accelerate development.

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Custom Step SDK

Application deployment

Once development is complete, the project, with flowchart and operator and operator interface, are downloaded to, and stored locally on, the Matrox Iris GT smart camera. The flowchart is then executed on the smart camera independent of any PC.

Customizable developer interface

The Matrox Design Assistant user interface can be tailored by each developer. The workspace can be rearranged, even across multiple monitors, to suit individual preferences and further enhance productivity.

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Matrox Design Assistant maintenance program

Matrox Design Assistant users who register their software are automatically enrolled in the maintenance program for one year. This maintenance program entitles registered users to technical support and free software upgrades from Matrox Imaging. Just before the expiration of the maintenance program, registered users will have the opportunity to extend the program for another year. For more information, refer to the Matrox Imaging Software Maintenance Programs brochure.

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Samples, tutorials and training

Matrox Design Assistant includes numerous sample projects and video tutorials to help new developers quickly become productive. Matrox Imaging also offers an instructor-led training course held at Matrox headquarters and select locations worldwide. Refer to the support section at more information.

1. This product may be protected by one or more patents. See
2. 32/64-bit Microsoft® Windows® 7 with SP1 and Windows 8(.1).
3. Certification pending.

Operator interface viewable anywhere

The web-based operator interface, or Operator View, can be accessed remotely through a web browser4 running on a desktop, HMI or touch-panel PC. The Operator View can also be accessed through the web browser running on the Matrox Iris GT by way of a simple touch screen connected to the smart camera’s video output and USB interface, eliminating the need for a PC.

A stand-alone HMI application can be created using Microsoft® Visual Studio® to run on a remote PC as an alternative to the web-based operator interface. Sample HMI applications with source code are included including a multi-camera one to monitor or control projects running on different Matrox Iris GT smart cameras.

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Design a customized operator view

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Resulting operator view as seen in a web browser

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Multi-camera HMI application (Matrox MultiCamHMI)

Security features

Access to specific Operator Views can be made to require user authentication (i.e., username and password) so only authorized personnel can modify key parameters of a running project.

A project can be locked to a specific Matrox Iris GT when deployed, preventing it from running on an unauthorized smart camera. A project can also be encrypted during deployment to a smart camera, insuring that the project cannot be read or changed by unauthorized users. Projects locked to a camera are automatically encrypted.

All accesses to a smart camera can be restricted by disabling or adding access rights to the various servers running on the camera (HTTP, FTP, TELNET, file server). The number of connections to any one of these servers can also be controlled.

4. Internet Explorer® 8 or higher.

Image analysis and processing

Central to Matrox Design Assistant are flowchart steps for calibrating, enhancing and transforming images, locating objects, extracting and measuring features, reading character strings, and decoding and verifying identification marks. These steps are designed to provide optimum performance and reliability.

Matrox Profiler

Matrox Design Assistant includes Matrox Profiler, a separate utility to post-analyse the execution of a vision project for performance bottlenecks and timing issues. It presents the flowchart step executed over time on a navigable timeline. Matrox Profiler permits searching for and selecting specific steps and their execution times for analysis.

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Matrox Profiler


Connection to devices and networks

Matrox Iris GT features a 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet interface for connecting over factory-floor and enterprise networks. Communication over these networks is configured through Matrox Design Assistant and can employ the TCP/IP as well as the EthertNet/IP™ 3, MODBUS® over TCP/IP and PROFINET protocols, enabling interaction with automation controllers. Direct communication can be established with select robot controllers6 for 2D vision-guided robotic applications. The Matrox Iris GT can also be configured to directly interact with automation devices through an RS-232 serial interface as well as eight industrial digital I/Os (four inputs and four outputs).

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3. Certification pending.
6. Currently supports ABB IRC5, Epson RC450+ / RC550+ and Fanuc LR Mate 200iC / LR Mate 200iD controllers.

Industrial I/O breakout box

An industrial I/O breakout box is available to simplify the connection of a Matrox Iris GT to any electrical panel. The breakout box is DIN-rail mountable and connects power, trigger, strobe, RS-232 and GPIOs to the camera. It has status LEDs to easily monitor the state of each input and output. A M12 to DB-25 cable is included. If the 0-24V open-collector outputs or the opto-coupled inputs are not appropriate for a given installation, then optional, third-party modules (e.g., Opto 22) can be used to electrically connect to almost any device.

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Industrial I/O breakout box