The second essential factor was the camera’s software integration. Depending on the customer’s specifications, METTLER TOLEDO installs either a Linux-based or a Windows-based operating system on the scale’s integrated PC. “Another reason for choosing IDS was that they also offer a Linux driver that comes right with the camera,” adds Grom. The fact that the machine vision specialist IDS is located not far away from METTLER TOLEDO was a further advantage: During the development stage, the engineer visited IDS a couple of times to inspect the quality of production on-site and discuss various customizations of the camera hardware.
In Germany, the successful combination of precision scale and industrial camera is already in use in over 300 stores of a major food retailing chain. Other retailers in Germany and Europe have also started using the system and are planning to expand usage companywide, as well.