How do I convert from a .r64 file to a .BFML file

In the case where you have an older BitFlow frame grabber (Neon/Karbon family), and you are upgrading to the Axion-CL family, you do need to convert your .r64 file to a .BFML file. Simple email the .r64 file to BitFlow.Support@Advantech.com and we will create the equivalent .BFML file for you.

Using BFCom, what baud rates are supported by the Neon

The Neon supports up to 256 kb . You can modify the baud rate in BFCom via the File > Com properties menu command.

The command to make the same change in the camera depends on the camera protocol. It’s different for every make of camera. You need to change the camera, then change BFCom to match.

Can you explain the colors of the TriLED on the Axion

The Axion 1xE has 1 Tri LEDs while the 2xE has 2.  Tri LED1 is related to VFG0 and Tri LED2 is related to VFG1

Note the following color/flash rate meanings

Blinking Blue – PoCL “hunt” mode, looking for a camera to see if it needs power
Blue – PoCL power is being provided to camera (this stage does not last long)
Green – Pixel Clock from camera received
Blinking Green – LVAL from camera received

What is the max cable length I can run between my CL frame grabber and my camera?

First, you need to know the clock speed of the camera, as different frequencies can affect the cable length.
With Camera Link Base, the max cable length is 10m, regardless of the clock speed.

For the other camera link modes, (Medium, Full, 80-bit), the max length at 85 Mhz is 5m, at 66 Mhz is 7m and at 40 Mhz is 10m.

Please note that the max. cable length may vary from cable to cable. BitFlow recommends cables purchased from the following companies

CEI, 3M, Hewtech, Intercon1

What is Camera Link?

Camera Link is Machine Vision camera to frame grabber digital interconnect standard. Camera link use a serializer/deserializer to use transmit high speed digital data over a very small number of wires. Camera Link comes in three versions: Base (up to 24 bits), Medium (up to 48 bits), Full (up to 64 bits) and 80-bit (up to 80 bits, duh). The maximum Camera Link data clock is 85 MHz. This means the maximum data rate of Camera Link (using 80 bit mode) is 850 MB/S.

BitFlow’s Neon and Axion families are Camera Link frame grabbers.

Camera Link is standard hosted by the Automate Imaging Association. For more information on the standard please visit https://www.visiononline.org/.