Vision + Automation Products

Nov. 1, 2009
GigE uEyeRE cameras comply with IP65/67 standards. A GigE interface allows high-speed image acquisition with cable lengths up to 100 m.

GigE cameras comply with IP65/67 standards

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GigE uEyeRE cameras comply with IP65/67 standards. A GigE interface allows high-speed image acquisition with cable lengths up to 100 m. The compact cameras are available with CCD and CMOS sensors with resolutions ranging from VGA to 10 Mpixels. An extensive software bundle simplifies integration into any application. A comprehensive software developer’s kit (SDK) and third-party drivers for most image-processing software applications are included. For customers requiring a common software interface to achieve camera interoperability, DirectShow and GenICam support is available with all cameras.
IDS Imaging Development Systems, Obersulm, Germany

System inspects top, bottom of PCBs

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The OptiCon TurboLine system is designed for automated optical inspection for in-line THT manufacturing. The system allows the inspection of the component side with up to 85-cm placement height. An integrated bottom side inspection module enables simultaneous inspection of solder joints on the board bottom side without turning the PCB over. A conveyor with accumulator roller principle as well as low-floor return conveyor for empty carriers is suitable for production of large PCBs.
GOEPEL electronic, Jena, Germany,

Barcode reader features real-time JPEG encoder

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The second-generation ICR890 is a CCD-based camera system that reads 1-D and 2-D barcodes used in sortation systems. An integrated real-time JPEG encoder allows for high-quality images that take up less storage space. The system features increased processing power, support of multiple image output paths, optimized decoders, and extended XML file content. Reliability data shows80,000 hours MTBF. The system uses an embedded network controller that combines integrated interfaces for communication across Ethernet, PROFIBUS, CAN, USB, and serial devices.
SICK USA, Minneapolis, MN, USA,

Handheld cameras achieve exposure times down to 2 µs

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The Phantom Miro eX-Series next-generation, handheld digital high-speed camera is available in three models—Miro eX1, Miro eX2, and Miro eX4—that are lighter and more ergonomic than the predecessor. A conductive fiber-filled polycarbonate body reduces the camera’s overall weight to 1.5 lb (without the lens). The custom-designed CMOS sensor is available in resolutions of 640 × 480 pixels (Miro eX1, Miro eX2) and 800 × 600 pixels (Miro eX4). Maximum full-resolution frame rates range from 500 frames/s to more than 1200 frames/s. At reduced resolution, the Miro eX can achieve more than 100,000 frames/s. Exposure times can be as low as 2 µs.
Vision Research
Wayne, NJ, USA

Cooled camera offers high NIR sensitivity

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The COOL-6000 is a cooled, high-resolution, full-frame camera that delivers 3072 × 2048 pixels with 14-bit output. A large full-frame sensor achieves high light sensitivity as well as quantum efficiency up to the near-infrared range. With its high NIR sensitivity, the camera is appropriate for solar cell inspection and bioscience applications requiring long exposure times.
VDS Vosskühler
Osnabrück, Germany

Frame grabbers support 12-Mpixel camera

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The Adlink PCIe-CPL64, Bitflow Karbon-CL, DALSA X64 Xcelera-CL PX4, Epix PIXCI E4, Matrox Solios SOL6MCL, and other frame grabber boards from leading manufacturers now support the CleverDragon CSC12M25BMP19 Camera Link camera. The boards are designed to sustain the high data transfer rates in Camera Link standard interface (10/8 bit). The CMOS sensor provides 4096 × 3072-pixel resolution at 25 frames/s full-frame speed. Global shutter enables all pixels to be exposed at the same time for sharp images of moving objects.
Toshiba Teli America
Irvine, CA, USA

LED light uses current source driver

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The SL112, a high-brightness LED spotlight, is intended to replace fiberoptic bundles and fiber light pipes used with optical microscopes and high-magnification video lenses. Specifically designed to fit the coaxial port of a microscope, the light has a nose-piece diameter of 8 mm (with a maximum barrel diameter of 25 mm) and overall length of 55 mm. The standard model SL112-WHIIC white light incorporates an inline current source (iCS) driver in the power cable to provide stable current levels to the light and offer manual intensity control, as well as external control of the gating feature for the light. The SL112 can be built in a range of wavelengths, including red (625 nm), blue (470 nm), green (530 nm), amber (590 nm), and infrared (850 nm).
Advanced illumination
Rochester, VT, USA

Cable assembly supports high-port-count switch apps

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A very low-profile QSFP direct-attach copper cable assembly is now available. It is “fiber-like” in size for QDR InfiniBand and 40-Gigabit Ethernet aggregate applications. The cable assembly fulfills the needs of dense, higher-port-count switch installations while providing a more reliable interconnect for high-performance computing (HPC). The cable was provided to major switch vendors and computing OEMs for testing over the last 6–8 months and was tested for compliance and interoperability in spring 2009.
W.L. Gore
Landenburg, PA, USA

Software library increases pixel-processing performance up to 10 times over standard C code

The new VLIB software library incorporates more than 40 software kernels that are available now, royalty-free, and optimized for TI’s TMS320C64x+ digital signal processor (DSP) core. The kernels execute background modeling and subtraction, object feature extraction, tracking, recognition, and low-level pixel processing to provide a foundation for video analytics end applications development. The library increases pixel-processing performance up to 10 times over standard C code on the C64x+ DSPs, which enables processing at higher resolutions and frame rates, as well as more advanced features or more channels per device. VLIB also allows for use of lower-cost C64x+ DSPs and accelerates software porting from PC-based systems to the C64x+ DSP core, reducing customers’ development time by up to 36 man months.
Texas Instruments
Dallas, TX, USA

Frame grabber and video streamer acquire from various sources

The AccuStream Express 170 frame grabber and video streamer features a high-performance PCI Express x4 board design. The board acquires from DVI, RGB, YPbPr, HDTV, and monochrome video sources up to 170-MHz pixel rates. This includes 1080p HDTV, 1600 x 1200 pixels, and other standard and nonstandard high-resolution video formats. It is designed for the high-speed PCIe x4 bus and delivers sustained data transfers of 750 Mbytes/s. This is exceeds what is required to deliver full 1080p HDTV video at 60 frames/s. It achieves pixel jitter of ±0.5 ns and a signal-to-noise ratio of 47 dB.
Foresight Imaging
Chelmsford, MA, USA

Linescan detector features 40-kHz line rate

The Xlin-1.7-1024 indium-gallium-arsenide linescan detector supports high-speed imaging applications in machine vision and spectroscopy. At a line rate of 40 kHz and a resolution of 1024 pixels in combination with 12.5-μm pitch, Xlin-1.7-1024 enables more accurate inspection and smaller particle detection at shorter wavelengths than competitive cameras. It achieves 0.9-to-1.7-µm sensitivity and offers optional TE3 cooling for low-light spectroscopy.
Leuven, Belgium

CMOS camera delivers 3600 frames/s at 1024 × 1024 pixels

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The Fastcam SA4 provides 3600 frames/s operation at full pixel resolution (1024 × 1024) and up to 500,000 frames/s at reduced resolution. It supports applications that do not require the highest frame rates but in which features such as extreme light sensitivity, high dynamic range, and image quality with low noise are critical. Compatible with the company’s existing camera family and data acquisition devices, the SA4 is also available with an RS-422 remote control keypad with built-in, 5-in. LCD viewfinder for remote operation. It features variable region of interest (ROI) with 12-bit uncompressed data, 1-µs global shutter, and 20-µm pixels. Memory options include 8, 16, or 32 Gbytes.
San Diego, CA, USA

Borescope features two-way articulation

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The Arti-flex borescope provides flexibility and control in tight, multiturn areas where quality inspection can be difficult to accomplish. The scope is designed for heavy in-line use by manufacturers of aerospace, automotive, and precision casting industries, as well as off-line inspection labs. EasyGlide two-way articulation enables precise manipulation. A durable, fused fiberoptic image bundle is composed of more than 10,000 flexible glass fibers. A stainless-steel braided sheath protects the probe; an ergonomic handle with new thumb-lever controls helps prevent operator fatigue. The Arti-Flex is available in diameters down to 2.5 mm, offers multiple lengths of probe, and accepts video adapters, digital cameras, and battery-powered light sources for portability.
East Longmeadow, MA, USA

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