Enclosed Cameras

PL-B enclosed cameras with an MV (Machine Vision) interface on a 9-pin Micro-D connector provide optically-isolated connections for one external trigger and two general purpose outputs.  The mating connector is a Molex 83421-9014 cable receptacle with Molex 83000-0083 crimp terminals (for 26 or 28 AWG wires).

MV pinout and description


 

PL-B MV pinout as viewed at the back of the camera, or at the pin-insertion-end of the mating connector



Pin Pin Name Function Comments 

1

POWER ( FireWire and GigE cameras only)

Firewire cable power, 8-30 VDC (typically 12 V)

Maximum current available from this pin is 250 mA

1

POWER (USB2 camera only)

+5.5 VDC (internally generated by camera)

Maximum current available from this pin is 50 mA.

2

GP2+

Positive terminal of optically isolated General Purpose Output 2

Optical isolator open collector output. Provides current sink to pin 3 when GP2 is active. Also see GPO notes below chart.

3

GP2-

Negative terminal of optically isolated General Purpose Output 2

Optical isolator emitter output. Typically connected externally to pin 9 (Ground)

4

GP1+

Positive terminal of optically isolated General Purpose Output 1

Optical isolator open collector output. Provides current sink to pin 5 when GP1 is active. Also see GPO notes below chart.

5

GP1-

Negative terminal of optically isolated General Purpose Output 1

Optical isolator emitter output. Typically connected externally to pin 9 (Ground).

6

TRIGGER+

Positive terminal of optically isolated trigger input.

See Trigger Notes below chart.

7

TRIGGER-

Negative terminal of optically isolated trigger input

See Trigger Notes below chart

8


(no connection)

(not used)

9

GROUND

Logic and chassis ground



Trigger Notes:

  • To initiate a "positive" trigger, apply a voltage between 5 V and 12 V (4–11 mA) to the trigger terminals.

  • The optically isolated trigger input circuit includes an internal 1 k ohm series resistor. 

  • When using a voltage higher than 12 V, add an external resistor with adequate power rating.

  • A typical application of the trigger input is to connect Pin 1 (POWER) to Pin 6 (TRIGGER+) and use the open collector output of an external position sensor device to complete the circuit from Pin 7 (TRIGGER–) to Pin 9 (GROUND).

  •  PixeLINK API - Refer to the functions PxLSetFeature, PxLGetFeature and Trigger Types.


GPO notes:


  • Maximum GPO current is 15mA.

  • Maximum GPO voltage between positive and negative terminals is 40V.

  • Pixelink API - Refer to the functions PxLSetFeature, PxLGetFeature and GPIO Types.



MV interface schematic




The trigger inputs are designed to work with a floating differential signal which will operate with a supply voltage between 5V and 12V across the trigger terminals.  With the Trigger polarity set to Positive, a rising voltage will cause a trigger.  A falling voltage will cause a trigger if the trigger polarity is negative.  The trigger input can be either positive or negative pulse.  The minimum pulse width depends on the debounce delay set in the camera – typically at least 50 microseconds for analog signals and at least 1 microsecond for TTL signals.


The GPO pins are open-collector current sink outputs.  The GPOs can handle a maximum of 15mA and 40V with respect to ground.  To use them with TTL inputs, the GPO output lines must be pulled high with a 1K ohm resistor.