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Illuminator provides regulated light

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Model 21 dc fiberoptic illuminator is a regulated light source for use where light output stability is necessary. The 150-W, CE marked halogen illuminator delivers intense, stable, cool illumination to applications when coupled with a company's standard fiberoptic component. The regulated light output is stable to ±1%, eliminating output fluctuations due to line-voltage variations. A 0%–100% LED light intensity control indicates when to change the halogen lamp. Other features include a power-on LED indicator light, an auto-switching input-voltage regulator that accepts 110–220 Vac, and a 9-pin DIN connector that supports a remote intensity control using a 0–5-Vdc supply. The rugged aluminum extruded housing is coated with a durable finish. A T-slot runs the length of both sides of the housing for integrated mounting capabilities using 1/4-20 screws. Accessories include a flexible positioning handle, mounting brackets, and an IR filter insert. StockerYale Inc., Salem, NH; www.stockeryale.com.
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Frame grabber runs 32 bits

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PC2-Vision analog frame grabber serves the 32-bit PCI bus and is 5- and 3.3-V PCI compliant. Its acquisition circuitry interfaces with a variety of industrial cameras, including standard (RS-170 and CCIR), nonstandard (progressive scan), RGB and monochrome, and dual-channel analog cameras. Its six camera connections support simultaneous acquisition from up to six monochrome or two RGB cameras, making related images available at the same time. An RS-232 serial port is available on both 3M MDR-36 camera connectors. Simultaneous acquisitions are supported through a frame-delay mode, which allows concurrent captures from all six inputs. A 40-MHz triple-channel, eight-bit analog-to-digital converter offers gain and offset controls to match the camera's video voltage level. Software support includes the company's Imaging Foundation Class, MVTools, Sherlock, and WiT. Coreco Imaging, St. Laurent, QC, Canada; www.imaging.com.
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Camera does progressive scanning

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CCD-4000 is a 2k × 2k-pixel progressive-scan CCD camera. It delivers 7.5 frames/s, 2048 × 2048 effective pixels, a 12-bit RS-644 digital output, and a signal-to-noise ratio of more than 60 dB. Via its interline progressive-scan sensor, the camera provides short exposures at full resolution. It is mechanically identical and compatible with the company's CCD-1300 camera line. VDS Vosskühler GmbH, Osnabrück, Germany; www.vdsvossk.de.
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Color camera shrinks size

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GP-CX261V color CCD camera module integrates a 1/4-in., FPC-type CCD head, which measures 5.4 × 6.0 mm, and a 50 × 11-mm camera-control unit. The FPC connection measures 85 mm in length. Key features include a horizontal resolution of 512 × 494 pixels or 350 (NTSC) lines, minimum resolution of 6.5 lux, automatic gain control, and 6-V operation. Controls cover mirror mode, sharpness, gamma, chroma gain/matrix, manual white balance, R/B gain, and contrast. Panasonic Vision Systems, Secaucus, NJ; www.panasonic.com/visionsystems.
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Vision library adds functions Imaging and Vision Library helps simplify program development and decreases product time to market. It is a high-level programming library for image processing and analysis that is compatible with all company FlashBus and FlashPoint frame grabbers, including FlashBus MX and FlashBus DX with Camera Link. The software package enables OEMs to produce imaging and analysis applications without the need for third-party software. Supported by Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP, the library provides core machine-vision and imaging routines in a conventional C-callable interface. Other routines cover image acquisition, image-buffer management and manipulation, image processing, graphic overlaying, file I/O, calibration and measurement, blob analysis, normalized gray-scale correlation pattern matching, rationally invariant pattern matching, PerfectFocus image blending, and various mathematical subroutines. Integral Technologies Inc., Indianapolis, IN; www.getivl.com.
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Software library supports Linux XCLIB library supports the Linux 2.4.8 operating system and later kernels, as well as Intel (x86) platforms. It allows programmers to generate custom machine-vision, motion-analysis, and medical-imaging applications. The software provides the same application program interface as XCLIB for Windows, permitting programmers to move from one operating system to another. It also supports all versions and options of the company's PIXCI imaging boards and NTSC, RS-170, CCIR, PAL, and common area-scan or linescan digital cameras with up to 4k x 4k-pixel resolution, up to 14 bits per pixel (gray), up to 42 bits per pixel (color), and at rates up to 16,000 frames/s. Full-resolution images are processed at full video rate. EPIX Inc., Buffalo Grove, IL; www.epixinc.com.
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Rotary tables offer direct drive ADRT Series of direct-drive rotary stages provide precision angular positioning and velocity control. They use a slotless, ironless design that achieves smooth performance and ease of tuning when compared to competitive iron core and variable-reluctance motor designs. The brushless direct-drive servo means that there are no brushes to wear, no gear trains to maintain, and high accelerations and speeds. Low inertia and zero backlash make the rotary stages well suited for applications requiring frequent directional changes. When coupled with the company's MXH series resolution multipliers, resolution can be as fine as 0.12 arc sec. Motor and rotary encoder are directly coupled to a common shaft. The absence of gear trains and mechanical couplings produces no position errors caused by hysteresis, windup, or backlash. Aerotech Inc., Pittsburgh, PA; www.aerotech.com.
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Infrared camera is rugged TH-10 rugged, infrared surveillance camera system meets MIL-STD-810E Environmental Protection Agency standards and suits continuous, reliable IR imaging applications. It comes with O-ring seals, a dry nitrogen-purged environment, 3- to 5-mm MWIR, InSb detectors, and EMI/RFI shielding. The company's Merlin mid-format, 320 × 256-pixel and Phoenix large-format, 640 × 512-pixel cameras and several lens combinations are available. Serial remote control of all cameras and lens functions is standard. Other features include a motorized lens focus, field-of-view switching mechanism, a solid-state internal active temperature control, and a Windows-based graphical user interface. Indigo Systems Corp., Goleta, CA; www.indigosystems.com.
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Frame grabber suits industrial use mvGAMMA-G gray-scale, PCI-bus, plug-in frame grabber comes with a flexible, variable-scan interface that accommodates most industrial analog cameras. This video interface accepts most standard and nonstandard signals and delivers 10-bit conversion. An 8-Mbyte local memory decouples image transfers and ensures error-free image-data transfers. This architecture ensures parallel operation of multiple cards in a single PC. A Hirose connector couples most cameras via a single standard cable with power being supplied through the frame grabber. The board allows a variety of different control signals for supporting a range of trigger modes and flexible shutter control. Windows application ImpactGo! and the Impact Base Library with image-processing algorithms are included, as well as a variety of drivers for Windows, Linux, image-processing programs, and Twain. Matrix Vision GmbH, Oppenweiler, Germany; www.matrix-vision.de.
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Ring illuminators shine brightly V2 Ring LED Illuminator family includes two series of 100-mm outside diameter and 69.5-mm inside diameter ring LED illuminators: R-100-1 series provides 36 LEDs, and R-100-2 series provides 72 LEDs. Each series contains diffused, nondiffused, or focused lensing with four standard focal lengths of 70, 102, 127, or 152 mm; red (660 nm) or white (6500 K) LEDs; green, blue, IR, or mixed wavelengths; optional ultraviolet on R-100-1 series; and 12- or 24-V continuous and 24-V strobed power filter options. All subassemblies are housed and secured with a single, threaded lock ring. Mounting options include metric-threaded 'blind' holes that isolate electrical components from mounting hardware, and accessory lens adapters. RVSI/NER, Weare, NH; www.nerlite.com.
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Camera senses heat Long-wavelength thermal camera is sensitive over 8 to 14 µm with 66 dB of dynamic range. A vanadium oxide microbolometer focal-plane array and internal circuitry produce a 320 × 240-pixel interpolated gray-scale image with 50-mm square pixels. The camera can operate as a stand-alone unit set at system defaults or remotely via an RS-232 connection. Control features include freeze frame, freeze frame averaging, upload captured image, brightness, contrast, and gamma correction. The camera provides 16 bits ..of digital resolution, can output video in NTSC or PAL format, and offers a frame rate of 30 Hz. Operating at a temperature range of 0°C to 50°C, the camera measures 108 x 90 x 65 mm and weighs 1.5 lb. Two coated germanium lenses are available: one with a focal length of 20 mm at f/0.8, and the other with a focal length of 50 mm at f/1.0. Edmund Industrial Optics, Barrington, NJ; www.edmundoptics.com.
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Software expand functions VisionPro software for PC-based machine-vision systems adds two new suites of measurement and analysis tools. Geometric measurement tools helps users to gauge parts, including measuring the distance between circles, points, and lines, reduce machine-vision development time, and eliminate need to apply individual detection tools. Data-analysis tools enable users to perform statistical analysis of vision tools without the need to write a custom program. It automatically computes various statistics over time, such as average and standard deviation of result values, which can be analyzed to detect manufacturing process trends. These tools support the company's MVS-8100 frame grabbers and Windows 2000/XP/NT 4.0. Cognex Corp., Natick, MA; www.cognex.com.
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