After power-up the system goes into a Preoperational state. It is assumed that the vision system loads a configuration which is present on the system and marked as active. From there, it can be put into Operational state either automatically, due to internal initialization processes or by a SelectMode method call. The VisionStateMachineType provides one mandatory method, SelectModeAutomatic for transition into the “Automatic” mode SubStateMachine described in Section 8.3. Subtypes of VisionStateMachineType may offer additional SubStateMachines and thus additional SelectMode method calls.

The system stays in Operational mode, doing its job, until it is either resetted, halted or an error occurs which suspends normal operation until resolved.