Vision+Automation Products

June 1, 2008
Sensor inspects small features; SWIR array gives extended response; Camera has GigE interface; Servo motor stage features high resolution; and MORE…

Sensor inspects small features

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Checker 232 detects and inspects up to 1500 parts per minute. It uses multi-image analysis to determine if a part is present without an external trigger and tracks parts in varying positions along the production line, overcoming imprecise part positioning and delivering consistent, precisely timed pass/fall results. Checker 232 joins three existing 200 series models: the Checker 200 for part detection, the Checker 201 for part detection and inspection, and the Checker 202, with ladder logic.
Natick, MA, USA

SWIR array gives extended response

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LC Series linear photodiode array, the SWIRSU256LCS-2.6T2, is available with 256 elements of extended-response InGaAs material. Designed for the broad wavelength range from 0.9 to 2.6 µm, the LC Series includes a two-stage TEC and thermally optimized materials for multichannel spectrometers that require high sensitivity, low power consumption, and long-term stability.
Sensors Unlimited, part of Goodrich Corporation
Princeton, NJ, USA

Camera has GigE interface

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GimaGO is a Gigabit Ethernet camera line that offers both with monochrome and color CCD image sensors from 1/3- to 2/3-in. with resolutions from VGA to UXGA. The auto-iris lens control feature supports dc-driven lenses used with the camera series to control the incoming light via the lens iris. Also an opto-isolated trigger input and strobe output are integrated in the 40 × 40 × 45-mm GimaGO camera line. All models are supported by a SDK, which is included free of charge and is compatible with Matrox and National Instrument libraries.
NET New Electronic Technology
Finning, Germany

Servo motor stage features high resolution

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DR (dual profile rail) positioning stages are a series of low-cost, stable, linear motor-driven stages with travel lengths to 160 in. These wide-footprint, brushless, linear motor stages have load capabilities of 442 lb, high continuous force, and resolution to 1 µm. The stages are supplied with noncontact, three-phase brushless linear motors commutated either sinusoidally or trapezoidally with Hall effect sensors. Available options include matching servo amplifiers and controllers; a high-resolution, noncontact glass or metal scale optical encoder; or magnetic linear encoders with reference mark for homing.
H2W Technologies
Valencia, CA, USA

Ultrafast camera sets up easily

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SIM-D Ultra Fast Framing camera is a compact system combining ease of use, ease of maintenance, and high performance. A novel optical periscope for focus adjustment enables rapid and simple experimental setup and optimization. Comprehensive triggering facilities, highly accurate timing control, and a wide range of output signals, coupled with a software package that includes full measurement and image-enhancement functions simplifies image capture. Full remote operation using Ethernet connectivity comes standard, enabling the SIM-D to be easily integrated into almost any environment.
Specialised Imaging
Tring, UK

Camera reads codes

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WID110 is a compact, all-in-one wafer camera for reading OCR, Data Matrix, and barcode directly from the wafer surface, especially in the semiconductor industry. Due to its multichannel RGB LED illumination technology it is possible to decode wafers with different surfaces and colors caused by the wafer production process. The WID110 wafer ID reader is easy to integrate in any production equipment.
HTT high tech trade
Munich, Germany

System reads text and code

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VICODEbasic reads variable data with high reliability while identifying text and codes with accuracy up to 99.9%. VICODEbasic offers the possibility of upgrades to meet the increasing requirements of identification processes. OCR-A, OCR-B, and other characters are read reliably, and up to 100 alphanumeric figures can read per second. VICODEbasic consists of a digital camera integrated into a sensor housing with circular illumination, as well as a PC-based control unit.
Wiesbaden, Germany

2-CCD camera is affordable

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AD-080CL is a competitively priced 2-CCD camera capable of simultaneously measuring visible and near-infrared (near-IR) light spectrums through a single lens using two channels. The two images are aligned within a quarter pixel, and the alignment remains stable throughout the camera’s lifetime. The AD-080CL features a 1/3-in. prism in a small camera housing (55 × 55 × 80 mm). The camera features 1024 × 768 pixels, can be configured for triggered or continuous operation at up to 30 frames/s, and comes with standard C-mount lenses, giving a higher degree of lens flexibility.
Copenhagen, Denmark

Inspection system catalogs documents

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MultiCheck is an image-inspection system that can verify 100% of copy and graphics on labels, cartons, and other materials by performing image comparisons, text comparisons, reading and verifying barcodes, and performing OCR on documents and applications with variable information. MultiCheck has a database component, so that master documents can be cataloged. The system consists of a computer and an imaging workstation with a 12-Mpixel camera and a software suite. The system can capture a high-resolution, shadow-free image of any object up to 17 × 23 in. in diameter under uniform lighting conditions. The camera has built-in zoom and macro features.
Complete Inspection Systems
Indialantic, FL, USA

Thermal camera is compact

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Photon 640 is a 640 × 480-format, high-resolution addition to the Photon family of compact thermal-imaging cameras. The Photon 640 provides four-times as many pixels on target as the Photon 320, both 2X and 4X electronic zoom for longer-range performance, and a 3-s turn-on time for “on demand” operations. A user-friendly GUI is available as a free download, and a SDK is available for custom integration requirements.
FLIR Systems
N. Billerica, MA, USA

Camera family expands

High-resolution model of the Flea2 series of compact IEEE-1394b cameras incorporates the Sony ICX274 1/1.8-in. progressive-scan CCD image sensor with square pixel array. It can deliver full-resolution 1624 × 1224-pixel images at 14 frames/s and contains all core features of the Flea2 family, including jack-screw connectors for secure locking, pixel binning, and regions-of-interest modes via Format_7 and in-field firmware upgrades. Additional features include on-camera color processing and white balance, automatic synchronization of multiple cameras, external trigger and strobe output, and low power consumption.
Point Grey Research
Vancouver, BC, Canada

Ringlights enhance lighting

Low-angle ringlights connect directly to PresencePLUS vision sensors or an external power supply to provide optimal illumination of an inspected part by enhancing the contrast of surface features. The 150-mm lights use three tiers of bright LEDs for high-intensity, low-angle illumination. Models are available with infrared or visible red LEDs and offer a choice of continuous or strobed operation through a dedicated strobe input line. They include a 2-m attached cable with threaded 3-pin Pico-style pigtail quick disconnect for direct connection to a P4 sensor or flying leads to connect to a 24-Vdc power source.
Banner Engineering
Minneapolis, MN, USA

Mini imager is fast

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Quadrus MINI Velocity autofocus imager consistently reads linear and 2-D codes moving as fast as 100 in./s. Unique autofocus technology enables continuous read performance across varying line speeds, code distances, or code types. The Velocity includes the company’s Easy Setup Program software, which simplifies data collection through programmable features such as multisymbol reading, match code, trend analysis, symbol quality reporting, and multiple I/O programming.
Microscan Systems
Renton, WA, USA

Digital camera records at high speed

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Phantom V12 digital camera can record 1 million pictures per second with a 1280 × 800 high-definition CMOS sensor built specifically for high-speed imaging applications. The camera features an active pixel size of 20 µm coupled with improved quantum efficiency and submicrosecond shuttering down to 300 ns (optional). Eight gigabytes of high-speed dynamic RAM comes standard, with the option to upgrade to 16 or 32 Gbytes. To view recordings immediately, the Phantom V12 has a video-out port that users can connect to a component video monitor. Recordings can be displayed in NTSC, PAL, SDI, and high-definition 720p.
Vision Research
Wayne, NJ, USA

Spectroradiometers are modular

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FD-1840 series of modular, NIST-traceable spectroradiometers contains two models based on different spectrometers. Both are complete plug-and-play systems and include the same versatile spotting scope and software. The FD-1840+ is an economical version for applications covering 380 to 1000 nm and contains the Ocean Optics’ USB2000+. The FD-1840QE incorporates the Ocean Optics’ QE65000 with increased sensitivity and a wavelength range of 385 to 765 nm. Custom configurations are also possible by integrating the full range of Ocean Optics spectrometers.
Rochester, NY, USA

Frame grabber is multipurpose

DT3120 PCI frame grabber is designed for industrial, scientific, and medical imaging applications. It enables the acquisition of a standard monochrome, composite color, or S-video color image from a single camera. When combined with the company’s GLOBAL LAB Image/2 application software, a graphical software package for creating scientific and general-purpose imaging applications quickly and easily, it creates a high-performance image-analysis system.
Data Translation
Marlborough, MA, USA

Stages travel to 24 inches

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Linear translation stages, with travel track distances as long as 24 inches, use rack-and-pinion positioning with accuracy of 0.01 in. and are designed to allow easy integration of standard English-unit positioning equipment. The TECHSPEC stages come in single- and dual-knob versions, with the stage measuring 2.45 × 2.36 × 1.18 in. Mounting screws and Allen wrenches for the tension and mounting screws are provided with the tracks and stages. Stages and tracks are aluminum with black anodized coating.
Edmund Optics
Barrington, NJ, USA

Vision-guided motion controller is small

Guidance 1400 series, a line of 44 × 83 × 133-mm, vision-guided multiaxis motion controllers based on a distributed network architecture, allows the controller to be located at the point of use. Each Guidance 1400 controller contains four motor drivers, encoder input channels, a 700 MIPS processor, digital inputs and outputs, Ethernet, and RS-232 interfaces. It can output motor bus voltages from 24 to 48 Vdc and up to 500 W of total motor power. The user interface is based on a Web server that resides in the Guidance 1400, allowing the controller to be accessed from anywhere in the world.
Precise Automation
Los Altos, CA, USA

Universal vision sensors are easy to use

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VOS300 Series vision sensors combine a camera, illumination, digital outputs, process data, and five evaluation methods into a single, rugged sensor housing. Two versions are available—the VOS301 can check a single feature of the target object, and the VOS310 can check up to five unique features, with checks logically linked together to facilitate detection of the complete presence of several details. The sensors provide a 100-mm sensing range when using internal illumination and a 500-mm sensing range when using external illumination, with 640 × 480-pixel resolution. The field of view at 500 mm is 135 × 100 mm, and objects within this field can be detected regardless of orientation.
Twinsburg, OH, USA

Device targets IEEE 1588 clocks

The IM3240 is for Precision Time Protocol (PTP) IEEE1588 clock synchronization. The IM3240 development kit, DK4-3240, connected to a GPS receiver with a pulse-per-second signal, prototypes a PTP Grand Master clock. All necessary hardware and software are included. The IM3240 module, part of the development kit, embeds a complete software platform including IEEE 1588 protocol, real-time operating system, flash file system, TCP/IP stack, and FTP, and Web server.
Imsys Technologies
Upplands, Sweden

Device controls testing system

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3U PXI controller—the PXI-3920 (Intel Pentium M 760)/PXI-3910 (Intel Celeron M 760)—is designed to be the core of a hybrid testing system. It can control bench-top instruments through different interfaces (including LXI, GPIB, USB, and serial) by integrating multiple I/O interfaces. The PXI-3920/3910 incorporates dual Gigabit Ethernet ports, which allows the use of one port for LAN connectivity and the other port for determinative bandwidth and latency for the connection with LXI instruments. The PXI-3920/3910 also provides a GPIB port, four USB 2.0 ports, and two serial ports for controlling instruments using these interfaces.
Adlink Technology
Irvine, CA, USA

Appliance supports GigE cameras

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Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) ready vision appliance, the IPD VA61, comes with two expandable GigE camera ports, industrial I/O, and a high-performance processor. It supports the full range of the company’s Genie cameras, from 640 × 480- to 1600 × 1200-pixel resolution, with either monochrome or color output. The VA61 can power and drive cameras locally via dedicated camera I/O connections or interface with them remotely using Ethernet only. The Digital Camera Interface module, the DCI-100, regulates camera power and conditions the I/O for trigger and light interfacing. The module also provides additional I/O control that is accessible through any standard RS-232 port.
Billerica, MA, USA

Backlights give high contrast

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LT430 backlights deliver high image-processing contrast when inspecting the contours, edges, or openings of a component. They come in seven sizes, ranging from 47 × 59 to 200 × 250 mm. Several of the frameless models provide uninterrupted surface lighting with an edge-to-edge technology feature. Light sources are available in red, green, blue, white, and infrared. The LT430 backlights’ low-profile housing and LED heat-management system allow the units to be positioned on machines where space is a premium. They are connected to power supplies or lighting controls via M12 connections.
Siemens Energy & Automation
Alpharetta, GA, USA

Hyperspectral sensor is versatile

HyperScan is a pushbroom hyperspectral sensor for both stationary and airborne applications. The system combines an imaging spectrometer, TE-cooled CCD camera, and intelligent control software to give 1.3 nm of spectral resolution in the 400- to 1000-nm range. Additional HyperScan features include spectral binning, ROI control, high-resolution scanning mirror, versatile mounting configurations, and interchangeable apochromatic lenses. Flight configurations include GPS, AHRS, altimeter, and complete data and acquisition control.
Opto-Knowledge Systems
Torrance, CA, USA

Modules have touch screen

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Line of 5.7-in. monochrome QVGA modules, available in FSTN/gray/positive/transflective or STN/blue/negative/transmissive configurations, allow the user to control each pixel individually to display both text and graphics simultaneously. The displays are modular in design and can be customized to fit specific applications. Both the STN and FSTN models are available with an RA8803 controller with built-in touch-screen controller and can be configured with either a CCFL or LED backlight. The display’s PCB can also handle dc-to-dc convertion, temperature compensation, on-board RAM, ribbon cable, or FPC connection.
Phoenix Display International
Tempe, AZ, USA

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