Vision + Automation Products

Feb. 1, 2010
The Simatic MV420 1-D/2-D code reading system with 640 × 480-pixel resolution has an integrated M12 lens and supports operating distances from 1–22.5 cm. Operating distance is adjustable using an integrated focus. An external lighting unit may be connected. The device processes up to 40 codes/s. Using multicode reading, several codes and different code types can be decoded from a single image. The reader features Profinet IO, Industrial Ethernet, and RS-232 interfaces.

Flexible code reader processes up to 40 codes/s

The Simatic MV420 1-D/2-D code reading system with 640 × 480-pixel resolution has an integrated M12 lens and supports operating distances from 1–22.5 cm. Operating distance is adjustable using an integrated focus. An external lighting unit may be connected. The device processes up to 40 codes/s. Using multicode reading, several codes and different code types can be decoded from a single image. The reader features Profinet IO, Industrial Ethernet, and RS-232 interfaces.

Siemens Industry Automation Division
Nuremberg, Germany,

Thermal imaging system detects semi defects

The latest version of the Micro thermal imaging system for semiconductor failure analysis includes a new thermal imaging camera with 320 × 240-pixel element uncooled detector and 0.05°C sensitivity, 20-µm microscopic lens, wide angle lens, and 16-bit digital Camera Link interface. Additional applications include calculating thermal resistance, measuring junction temperature, and identifying die bond defects. A complete system includes thermal imaging camera, tower computer and monitor, mounting platform, vertical camera stage, x-y table, thermal chuck with controller, and I/O relay module.

OptoTherm, Sewickley, PA, USA,

8-Mpixel camera available with 2-Gbit interface

The svs8050 progressive-scan camera uses a four-tap, interline transfer CCD sensor from Kodak (diagonal of 22.66 mm). The output features two RJ-45 connectors and transmits 2 Gbits/s via two cables, in compliance with the Link Aggregation Group (LAG) convention. By using two Ethernet connections the camera achieves a maximum frame rate of 20 frames/s with the full resolution of 3320 × 2496 pixels. In partial scan mode or while using AOIs, images with fewer lines can be read out at higher speed. The camera is available in a monochrome or color version. It also can be used in one- or two-tap mode.

SVS-VISTEK, Seefeld, Germany,

Cameras offer GigE Vision or PoE interfaces

The Zelos camera series offers 14-bit digitization and GigE Vision or power-over-Ethernet (PoE) interfaces. The HD Zelos-02150 features 1920 × 1080-pixel resolution, 64 dB, and up to 30 frames/s processing. The Zelos-655 offers 5-Mpixel resolution, and the small cameras Zelos-414 and Zelos-415 are equipped with VGA and WVGA sensors. Functions include adjustments of exposure modes, readout modes, frame rates, gain and exposure settings, contrast and edge enhancement functions, dynamic lookup tables, and others. The color processing offers adjustments for Bayer filter interpolation, color space transformation, and color saturation.

Kappa opto-electronics
Gleichen, Germany

CCD camera transmits 15 uncompressed images at full resolution

The UK1158M-UV Mini UV enhanced CCD camera features 1.4-Mpixel resolution for measurement, microscopy, and documentation. The EXview HAD CCD sensor provides high signal-to-noise ratio in poor lighting conditions. Global shutter allows image capture of fast-moving objects. The short-circuit-proof opto-decoupled digital outputs and inputs allow the camera to operate under harsh conditions. A USB 2.0 interface allows transmission of a maximum of 15 uncompressed live images per second at full sensor resolution, enabling image processing without an additional frame grabber. The UV version has a Lumogen-coated sensor and fused silica window.

EHD imaging
Damme, Germany

LED lamp provides 18,000 lux

A new LED lamp provides homogeneous light for scanning areas for fast (e.g., 3 m/s paper speed) linear cameras. Strong light (about 18,000 lux at a distance of 500 mm) ensures a high quality of the scanned image and reaches a lit area with dimensions about 500 x 60 mm. The lamp is based on neutral-white LEDs, with calculated distances between diodes that ensure equal strength of light at each scanned point. The heatsink embedded in the LED lamp ensures an approximate lifetime of 10,000 hours. Power consumption is about 26 W. Input voltage of 12 V is standard.

BAP Image Systems
Erlangen, Germany

Barcode scanners offer focus options

New CLV650 barcode scanners feature autofocus technology and CLV640 barcode scanners feature dynamic focus. They are suitable for high-performance barcode reading applications in the material handling and logistics markets. The compact scanners use proprietary SMART (SICK’s Modular Advanced Recognition Technology) code reconstruction algorithms and high-performance microprocessors, enabling them to read damaged and dirty bar codes. The CLV650’s autofocus feature, distance measurement technology, and optics make it appropriate for use in applications where space is limited and large depth of field is required. The CLV640 is designed to be a cost-effective option for reading high-density codes and providing increased depth of field in applications requiring an external input to change the focus position.

Minneapolis, MN, USA

GigE cameras run at 24 frames/s

Two new Genie GigE Vision-compliant camera models—the Genie C1280 and Genie M1280—feature 1.2-Mpixel image sensors suitable for industrial imaging applications in the semiconductor, robotics, and traffic control industries. The cameras utilize 1/3-in. Sony CCD sensors (6-mm diagonal) and are available in color (C1280) and monochrome (M1280) versions running at 24 frames/s. Other features include global electronic shutter with exposure control, on-board flat-field correction, and on-board color conversion (used by the color model) to produce crisp and clear images. Genie cameras integrate both advanced camera and board image acquisition technologies to act as a single machine-vision component in one package. They feature an RJ-45 ruggedized screw-mount cable connector.

Waterloo, ON, Canada

Remote sensor heads operate in tight, harsh industrial spaces

Compact camat S48 Multi-Head remote sensor heads integrate precision optics, homogeneous LED lighting, and high-resolution imaging sensors. Captured image data are transferred to the controller and evaluated. Sensor heads measure 27.5 × 30 × 30 mm; combined with the weight of 80 g, they can be incorporated in constricted spaces and mounted in the process environment. The IP67 housing is suitable for industrial applications and ensures operational reliability and a long lifetime under difficult operating conditions.

Vision & Control
Suhl, Germany

Microscope is combined with camera and computer to reduce equipment needs

The speckFINDER HD digital computing microscope is ergonomically designed to reduce the stress placed upon the body with conventional microscopes or stereoscopes. The flat-panel digital display allows multiple people to view magnified images. The speckFINDER HD incorporates microscope, camera, and computer monitor into one piece of equipment that runs Windows XP. This allows users to work with and store images in multiple digital formats and network as needed. Three USB outputs and a video output allow output of files to a flash drive or projecting live images to an overhead screen.

St. Louis, MO, USA

Illumination source brightness is adjustable over 106 dynamic range

The VLS-100 variable luminance source is a controllable source of uniform, visible illumination for testing cameras, image intensifiers, and visible-to-NIR night vision devices. It is used with I-SITE software or as a standalone, computer-controlled device. The VLS-100 features a 50-mm-diameter source aperture with <2% luminance nonuniformity. The source brightness is continuously adjustable over a dynamic range of 106 that is computer-controlled to within 3% of its set value. An integrated photometer provides real-time monitoring of exit port luminance, allowing closed-loop control. A range of filters and test targets is available to support a variety of performance measurements.

Wakefield, MA, USA

Inspection system uses pattern registration and search

The IM-6000 Series performs precision dimension inspection. Pattern registration and pattern search functions provide simplified “place and press” measurement operation. The instrument eliminates the need for optical comparators, x-y stages for part positioning, CNC measuring devices, and measuring and stereo microscopes. The Part Evaluation Library stores the images, measurement functions, and specifications of parts and provides automatic pattern search, part recognition, and measurement without setup the next time inspection of the same parts are performed. Measurements performed include angle, radius, inner/outer diameter, circular, and linear pitch, among others.

Keyence Corp. of America
Woodcliff Lake, NJ, USA

S-mounts available for small optics

S-mounts are designed to integrate smaller optics ranging from 3 to 12.5 mm in diameter, allowing a smaller system footprint. The mounts are approximately half the diameter of a C-mount, which has an inner diameter of 25.4 mm and an outer diameter of 30 mm. Unlike C-mounts, S-mounts are not designed with a fixed thickness. The S-mounts are threaded for M12 × 0.5 mm mounting, commonly used for micro-video lenses and board-level camera mounts. Manufactured from an anodized aluminum material, specific measurements include inner diameter of 12 mm, thread pitch of two threads per millimeter, and outer diameter of 16 mm.

Edmund Optics
Barrington, NJ, USA

GigE Vision camera has customizable features

The Stingray camera is now available with a GigE Vision interface in addition to the FireWire IEEE1394b interface (Stingray GE). With its modular construction, the camera can be customized with various interfaces, housings, sensors, and lens mounts to meet individual application requirements. During its market launch, the Stingray GE will be available in five resolutions from VGA to 5 Mpixels. It can achieve image rates up to 120 frames/s in VGA resolution. Wherever possible, the GE versions of the Stingray have integrated Sony ICX CCD sensors.

Allied Vision Technologies
Stadtroda, Germany

Embedded computer uses fanless design

Featuring an Intel ATOM processor and the Intel 945GSE chipset on an integrated Mini-ITX motherboard, the ARK-6310-3M04E embedded computer uses a fanless design that operates silently and works reliably in harsh environments. All electronics are protected in a rugged, cold-rolled steel housing measuring 232 × 65 × 232 mm. The computer includes two Gigabit Ethernet ports, four USB 2.0 ports, three COM ports, VGA, and PS/2. It supports various Microsoft operating systems. The cushioned antivibration design secures one 2.5-in. SATA HDD/SSD. The bottom cover allows access to the CompactFlash socket on the back of the embedded motherboard.

Irvine, CA, USA

Module can remap pixel values for specified intensities

The Look Up Table Color Remapping Module allows remapping of a range of pixel values to another range, based on a predefined or user-defined look-up table. Fully integrated as a built-in module within StreamPix4 or TroublePix, it may be used to remap specific pixel values to other values, for instance, as a recalling tool for all captured pixel intensities. The module can also be used to map 10-, 12-, 14-, or 16-bit pixels to a more comprehensive set of intensities. It can generate pseudo-color for monochrome images, where specific intensity can be highlighted with separate false color. Independent red, green, and blue levels can be specified, via predefined tables, files, or predefined formulas.

Montreal, QC, Canada

Monochrome camera runs 90 frames/s at VGA

Designed for vision applications requiring speed and resistance to blooming, the CSGV90BCS GiantDragon monochrome camera runs 90 frames/s uncompressed images at VGA resolution over the GigE Vision standard Gigabit Ethernet interface. Progressive-scan architecture supports image quality for full motion video and still image capture. Random shutter mode, scalable “region of interest” partial scanning for faster frame rates, and compact dimensions (44 × 29 × 70 mm) simplify interchanges of older analog cameras in existing systems.

Toshiba Teli America
Irvine, CA, USA

Standardized mechanical adapter for image-processing components

A standardized mechanical MMVI interface provides all required components for integration with a defined mechanical adapter, enabling the components to be easily assembled with few tools. Mounting brackets from the company’s mechanical construction kit allow users to adjust the units at any angle, eliminating the need for design and manufacturing of camera and light holders. Four different light holder adapter plates are sufficient to mount ringlights or spotlights of various sizes and make them compatible with the MMVI system. Once fitted with an adapter, all components can be combined into a complete image-processing system by means of the machine-vision construction kit.

Karlsruhe, Germany

Vision sensors use white LEDs for optimal contrast

Two new Checker vision sensors feature 752 × 480-pixel resolution and high-intensity white LED illumination for optimum image contrast. The Checker 3G7 can be configured as either a presence or measurement sensor, and can detect and inspect up to 800 parts/min. Checker 3G models do not require a PC for set up, and can be quickly configured using the SensorView teach pendant and One-Click Setup feature. The Checker 272 offers a ladder logic editor, encoder-based part tracking, and additional I/O. The Checker 272 includes both presence and measurement sensors.

Natick, MA, USA

Image-processing software automates tissue analysis

inForm image-analysis software is based on the company’s proprietary Machine Learning System (MLS). It combines automated image processing with advanced learning features that enable the user to train the software to process tissue images automatically. Using pattern-recognition image analysis in combination with a multispectral imaging system, researchers and biologists can identify and evaluate multiple markers within a single sample. Users are able to develop algorithms in minutes, compared to hours or days with other technologies. inForm can be installed on a laptop, bypassing the need for blade servers.

Cambridge Research & Instrumentation
Woburn, MA, USA

GigE Vision camera features IP67 rating

The Matrox GatorEye GigE Vision camera is currently available in six sensor configurations: 640 × 480 pixels at 110 frames/s, 1280 × 960 pixels at 22 frames/s (both 1/3-in. monochrome or color CCD), and 1600 × 1200 pixels at 15 frames/s (1/1.8-in. monochrome or color CCD). For connectivity to external devices, the IP67-rated camera includes an optocoupled trigger input, strobe output, eight GPIOs, and a controlled current source for driving LED illuminators directly. It can be powered either by 12–24 VDC, which is common in industrial environments, or by power over Ethernet (PoE), where both power and Ethernet streams share the same, single cable.

Matrox Imaging
Dorval, QC, Canada

HDR sensor enables dynamic range over 120 dB

A new developed HDR sensor has been developed for the company’s range of USB and GigE industrial cameras. The technology allows image capture with ultrahigh contrast and a dynamic range of over 120 dB, approximately 1000 times more than conventional CCD sensors can provide. The monochrome HDR sensor featured in uEye cameras applies a real logarithmic curve, which reproduces extreme contrasts in a single image and reduces visible noise compared to previous HDR technologies. As a result, GigE cameras in the uEye HE series can read out and process the full 12-bit color depth. The FX4 HDR sensor is 1/1.8 in. in size and captures up to 50 frames/s at a resolution of 768 × 576 pixels. The frames can be output based on a logarithmic curve or on a linear curve as used by conventional sensors.

IDS Imaging Development Systems
Obersulm, Germany

GigE camera measures 29 x 29 mm

The ace GigE Vision camera series is targeting the replacement of analog cameras, USB cameras, and IEEE 1394a and b cameras that are based on the standard 29 × 29-mm footprint. The mechanical mounting and optical concept is identical to most analog, USB, and IEEE 1394 cameras to reduce integration difficulty. A high-performance FPGA performs automatic parameter adjustment functions and includes an optimized software trigger function for high-speed triggering via the GigE bus. A Power over Ethernet option is available to eliminate the need for a second cable.

Ahrensburg, Germany

TCP/IP protocol controls robot by PC or PLC

A new b-CAP Ethernet TCP/IP option gives users direct control of a DENSO robot and peripheral devices by means of a PC, PLC, or other control device. b-CAP also enables control by any other device that supports Ethernet TCP/IP, such as a vision system or smart phone. The protocol has been designed to reduce automation system development time and cost by using familiar interfaces and common programming languages.

DENSO Robotics
Long Beach, CA, USA

Camera’s 3-D sensor measures up to 58 million points

The C4-2350-GigE camera uses a noncontact 3-D sensor with laser triangulation that measures up to 58 million 3-D points/s (at 23,450 profiles/s). Sensor resolution is 2352 × 1728 pixels with 7 × 7-µm pixels. 3-D algorithms include threshold-selection method, maximum method, COG method, and peak method (customized algorithms). The user can select up to four AOIs (sensor read-out window) in image and profile mode. The RS-422 interface converter has a programmable counter for profile trigger generation and integral identification of direction of movement. Data transmission is performed via Gigabit Ethernet interface.

Automation Technology
Bad Oldesloe, Germany

CCD cameras come in 1- and 2-Mpixel models

The new SX cameras feature Kodak’s progressive-scan, interline CCD image sensors with Quad-Tap technology. With a resolution of 1024 × 1024 pixels, the 1-Mpixel camera can achieve speeds of 120 frame/s depending upon the number of output taps used. The 2-Mpixel camera offers horizontal and vertical resolutions of 1600 × 1200 pixels, respectively, and can achieve speeds up to 68 frames/s. All SX cameras measure 52 × 52 × 54 mm and feature robust electronics that withstand various application environments. The devices use the Camera Link Base interface.

Southington, CT, USA

CMOS x-ray panel features 96-μm pixel size

With an active area of 20 × 25 cm, the Helios10 MD is reportedly the first CMOS x-ray panel in the market of this size and form factor, a medical-grade cassette package with an integrated handle. The panel features 96-µm pixel size, low read noise that translates into 78-dB dynamic range, and an optional Ethernet fiberoptic interface for improved electrical isolation and patient safety. The panel was designed to exceed the imaging requirements for medical imaging applications, such as tissue biopsy, full-field digital mammography, general radiography, and bone densitometry.

Rad-icon Imaging
Sunnyvale, CA, USA

Cameras deliver 1312 × 1082-pixel resolution

The monochrome MV1-D1312(I)-80-GB and MV1-D1312(I)-100-GB cameras utilize the GigE interface. All cameras are based on newly developed third-generation CMOS imagers A1312 and A1312I, which are optimized for applications in the visible as well as near infrared (up to 1100 nm). The cameras are equipped with a standard or extended feature set, depending on the camera model and vision application needs. The sensor delivers 1312 × 1082-pixel resolution, and the cameras feature dynamic range up to 120 dB via LinLog, as well as operating at up to 68 frames/s full resolution.

Lachen, Switzerland

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