ATS SmartVision Software represents a significant breakthrough in cost-effectiveness, connectivity, and customization in vision systems. The ATS Cortex system is an all-in-one vision device that reduces integration time with standardized hardware and software.

ATS SmartVision™

Combining Ease of Use with High Performance
ATS SmartVision software is a highly scalable PC-based vision system that combines a high-performance, platform independent vision engine with an easy-to-use standard interface.

Using programmable software logic, ATS SmartVision software can control virtually any industry-standard third-party camera and lighting system to perform high-precision part and defect identification, measurement, sorting, and robotic guidance. Over 3,000 ATS SmartVision software licenses are in use around the world.

Scalable Across Application Types and Levels of Complexity
The ATS SmartVision engine can control multiple cameras in a single application to perform numerous independent sequences comprised of ordered lists of steps. Each step contains one ATS SmartVision software tool. Sequences can be single-stepped for debugging.

Results can range from a simple pass/fail condition to the more involved precise position of objects for complex applications. These results can then be used by other steps in the application. Programmable flow control provides for simple branching within sequences.

Powerful Toolkit
A complete set of modern vision tools is provided, including edge finding, blob analysis, measurement, OCR, barcode reading, scripting and image processing tools. Tools are dragged and dropped into an inspection sequence and are easily configured using simple dialog boxes. In addition, ATS SmartVision software has the capability of integrating third party vision tools for specific applications. Several third party tools are available and more are added as required.

Rapid Application Development
ATS SmartVision software provides a rapid application development platform for machine vision applications. Many applications can be developed with no traditional programming required.

For highly complex applications, a scripting tool is provided to allow programming logic to be created without the need for a compiler or any other external development environment. For the most sophisticated users, ATS SmartVision software can be embedded into a traditional software to create custom interfaces. ATS SmartVision software also leverages leading open source software.

Strong Communications Infrastructure
ATS SmartVision software takes advantage of advanced communications protocols making integration faster and easier for standardization across your organization.

Remote Configuration and Troubleshooting
A TCP/IP link can be used to create and modify inspection sequences. As a result, the support and troubleshooting of vision applications can be deployed remotely from anywhere around the world.


  • Extensive and powerful vision toolkit
  • Rapid application development
  • Highly scalable range of applications
  • Remote configuration over TCP/IP
  • Strong integrated communications
  • Competitively priced
  • Proven in a wide range of industrial environments
  • Hardware independent
  • Easy to learn
  • Standard or custom GUI interfaces
  • Flexible local and remote image viewing
  • Multiple Language Support (English, French, German, Simplified Chinese)

ATS SmartVision Architecture
ATS SmartVision architecture

ATS SmartVision Software inspecting product

ATS Cortex™ System

An Integrated Hardware/Software Vision System
The ATS Cortex system is an all-in-one vision device running ATS SmartVision software. The system is designed to reduce your integration time by providing an integrated vision solution that comes complete with standardized hardware and software. The system interfaces with a Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) through the use of a wide variety of field bus interfaces.

The ATS Cortex system is equipped with discrete I/O connectors that are used to trigger the attached cameras and lights. The I/O Ports are programmable and can be used to trigger any combination of camera devices.

The USB connectors are standard USB 2.0 plug and play connectors. These connectors are used for the integrated backup device and other peripherals such as a keyboard and mouse.

Currently two models are available: ATS Cortex 812 system and ATS Cortex 204 system. The ATS Cortex 812 system supports up to eight cameras and twelve lights while the ATS Cortex 204 system supports up to two cameras and four lights.

ATS Cortex Vision Enclosure
The ATS Cortex system is a family of vision enclosures.

The ATS Cortex System is designed for use with Opteon Ethernet cameras. It provides camera power over the Ethernet cable known as Power Over Ethernet (PoE). The ATS Cortex is powered by 100-240VAC with a maximum current draw of 8A. The light outputs are provided with pins for +5V, +12V and +24V lighting. Cameras can be triggered using hardware I/O lines or in software over Ethernet.

The ATS Cortex system uses ATS SmartVision software as its integrated vision development platform.

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