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Positioning tables offer design flexibility

December 7, 2006 The 402XE and 403XE linear positioning tables are designed to reduce overall machine cost and allow manufacturers to speed time to market. The tables are available in a compact package with motor and limit sensors included, or for simple customization, the 402/403XE can be ordered with mounting for other motors to meet customer-specific requirements. The 402/403XE utilizes a steel "U" channel body design creating a more rigid structure when compared to traditional positioning tables.

Footwear retailer to try out 3-D measurement system

December 5, 2006 DECEMBER 5—QinetiQ (Farnborough, UK; www.qinetiq.com), a defense technology and security company, announced that Stride Rite, a US children's footwear retailer and manufacturer, has begun a trial to evaluate its 3-D foot gauge, a system designed to produce highly accurate foot measurements.

Single-pixel imaging compresses information

December 4, 2006 Researchers at Rice University (Houston, TX, USA; www.rice.edu) have combined a MEMS array with a single optical sensor to create an image/video camera that incorporates compressed sensing. "White noise is the key," says Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice. "Thanks to some deep new mathematics, we're able to get a useful, coherent image out of the randomly scattered measurements."

QinetiQ awarded $5 million imaging contract by DARPA

December 1, 2006 DECEMBER 1--QinetiQ has secured a two-year $5 M research contract from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in support of its Large Area Coverage Optical Search While Track and Engage program.

SUI to develop IR sensor for UAV

December 1, 2006 DECEMBER 1--Goodrich Corporation (Princeton, NJ, USA) has been awarded a contract from the US Air Force Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Battlelab at Nellis Air Force Base (Nevada) to develop and fabricate a short-wavelength infrared sensor for the Spectre-Finder initiative.

System optimization/customization is key to success

December 1, 2006 A discussion with Paul Bourget, LumenFlow

Redundancy speeds Data Matrix reading

December 1, 2006 Component identification systems play an important role in aerospace and automotive plants where large numbers of components must be tracked from early inventory to final product assembly.

Vision + Automation Products

December 1, 2006 Camera captures details in near-UV; Cable supports GigE Vision cameras; Polarized ringlight reduces glare; Linescan camera has high resolution; and MORE…

Machine vision checks catalytic converters

December 1, 2006 Multiple cameras on a production line speed the inspection of catalytic converters.

Snapshots

December 1, 2006 Surveillance system tracks/visualizes; Machine vision reads electricity meters

Software supports many cameras

November 29, 2006 StreamPix 4, a multicamera digital video recording software program, can view, control, and acquire multiple cameras from a single interface. The user interface provides a complete management console for cameras, simplifying the setup, control, and acquisition from any number and type of cameras, both locally and remotely connected. StreamPix supports a wide range of cameras and grabbers.

Hyperspectral system picks pickles

November 27, 2006 Light-based methods for detecting vegetable quality have been developed but are not useful on an assembly line because of the execution time required. To speed inspection, researchers at Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI, USA; www.msu.edu) are developing a hyperspectral imaging system to check the quality of pickling cucumbers.

Mercury Computer signs agreement with medical-imaging provider

November 20, 2006 NOVEMBER 20--Mercury Computer Systems (Chelmsford, MA, USA; www.mc.com) has announced a three-year agreement to provide a range of picture-archiving-and-communications-system (PACS) solutions to Genesis Digital Imaging (Los Angeles, CA, USA).

3-D vision company expands in Asia

November 14, 2006 NOVEMBER 14--Tyzx (Menlo Park, CA, USA; www.tyzx.com) and Innotech Corporation (Kanagawa, Japan) will jointly distribute and support Tyzx stereo vision products in Japan.

Attendees and exhibitors flock to VISION 2006

November 13, 2006 NOVEMBER 13--VISION again confirmed its position as the most important exposition platform for the machine-vision industry. More than 5200 visitors came to Stuttgart from November 7 to 9.

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