Hardware Installation (CXP-12 Cameras)#

This topic tells you how to install a Basler boost CXP-12 camera.

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To use the Basler boost CXP-12 camera, an interface card, e.g., the Basler CXP-12 Interface Card 1C, has to be installed.

You can also use frame grabbers by other manufacturers. In that case, observe the documentation of the corresponding manufacturers to ensure proper installation.

Prerequisites#

The pylon Camera Software Suite for Windows (version 6.0 or higher) must be installed.

The Basler CXP-12 Interface Card 1C (referred to here as "interface card") must be installed.

Basler offers the following accessories that allow you to operate your Basler boost CXP-12 camera:

  • CoaXPress 2.0 data cable, Micro-BNC x2 (HD-BNC), 5 m
  • Power-I/O cable M8 6p/open, 5 m
  • 2 heat sinks with 2 mounting screws (M4x12) each
  • C-mount with 4 mounting screws (M2.5x6)

These products can be purchased individually or combined as a set in the Basler CXP-12 Starter Kit boost or the Basler CXP-12 Evaluation Kit boost.

General Considerations#

Make sure that the following items are available before starting the hardware installation:

  • A Basler boost CXP-12 camera.
  • A computer equipped with an Basler CXP-12 interface card.
  • If you want to power the camera via the interface card (Power over CoaXPress (PoCXP)), make sure that the interface card is connected to the power supply of your computer.
  • If you are not using PoCXP, you need an external power supply.
    Make sure that the power supply meets the requirements listed in the topic about your camera model.
  • A C-mount lens for the camera.
    Contact Basler technical support if you need assistance in determining the best lens for your application.
  • A C-mount.
  • A CoaXPress data cable with suitable connectors.
  • As applicable, a Power and I/O cable with suitable connectors.
  • As applicable, cooling elements, e.g., heat sinks.

Installing the Camera#

boost CXP-12 Connectors

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Make sure that the camera is disconnected from any power supply and the host computer is shut down and unplugged from the power outlet.

To install the camera:

  1. Remove the protective seal from the camera front.
    Make sure that the camera is pointing down during the next installation steps to prevent dust from getting on the sensor.
  2. Attach a C-mount to the camera.
    Make sure that the mount is attached in the proper direction with the lens mount facing out.
  3. Attach a C-mount lens to the camera.
    Be careful not to insert the lens any deeper than specified in the Maximum Allowed Lens Intrusion topic.
  4. Provide sufficient heat dissipation.
  5. Connect the camera to the computer and power.
    • If you are using Power over CoaXPress (PoCXP)
      1. Plug one end of the CoaXPress cable into the Micro-BNC (HD-BNC) connector of the camera and plug the other end of the CoaXPress cable into the Micro-BNC port of the interface card.
    • If you are using an external power supply
      1. Plug one end of the CoaXPress cable into the Micro-BNC (HD-BNC) connector of the camera and plug the other end of the CoaXPress cable into the Micro-BNC port of the interface card.
      2. Connect the plug of the power I/O cable to the M8 6-pin connector of the camera.
        If you're building your own cables, observe the pin assignment detailed in the topic about your camera model.
      3. Connect the open end of the power I/O cable to a power supply.
        Alternatively, you can use the 18.0W, M8 6-pin power supply of the Basler Original Equipment range which includes a cable with an M8 6-pin connector.
      4. Plug the power supply into a power outlet.
  6. Switch on the power to your host computer and let the computer boot up.
    The status LED of the camera indicates different operating and connection states. For information about the different LED states and corresponding colors, refer to the topic about your camera model.

Next Steps#

  • Use the pylon Viewer to check whether your camera has been detected, acquire images, display images, and adjust parameter settings to improve image quality.