As with many tasks involved with choosing OEM components for machine-vision systems, deciding on which lenses and lighting to specify for a given application can be challenging. Although the optical fundamentals of how lenses may perform are well documented, manufacturers are often unwilling to divulge even the basic characteristics of their products. Similarly, when choosing a particular lighting component, developers must consider which technologies and lighting configuration will optimally increase the contrast of the features of an object to be inspected. This series of articles presents the reader with a number of different options for choosing lens and lighting components and shows which technologies and products may be best suited for specific machine vision applications.
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