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In-Line Inspection

The VT-S700 in-line automated optical inspection system from Omron Electronics, Schaumburg, IL, shortens tact time of soldered component inspection with an expanded field of view. Using a telecentric lens with a 2-megapixel camera, the system reduces image distortion at the edges of the field of view. It delivers high-resolution inspection of up to 10 microns for components as small as .01005, and down to a 12-mil pitch. The system uses a three-color highlight system that illuminates the printed circuit board in a 360-degree dome. The 3-CCD camera enhances solder shape recognition accuracy and identifies lead-free solder joints. Auto-teaching modes automatically extract components based on model pattern data, and logic customization allows the system to adapt to future changes in component shapes and solder types. Optical character verification capability is available, and resolution can be selected for 10, 15, or 20 microns.

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Network Cameras

Panasonic, Secaucus, NJ, has introduced two IP network cameras, the BL-C101A and BL-C121A that monitor from a PC or cell phone. The BL-C101A features one-wire, plug-and-play installation; the BL-C121A is wireless and features IEEE 802.11 operation with an internal antenna. Both cameras can simultaneously capture MPEG-4 video and JPEG images, and include a free Web address from which users can remotely monitor the camera’s video. Both cameras have a built-in microphone. Other features include digital input for camera triggering, full-screen monitoring, image transfer by motion detection/timer, and 4-up, 9-up, and 16-up multi-camera pages.

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Image Sensors

Banner Engineering Corp., Minneapolis, MN, offers the iVu series image sensors that combine a photoelectric sensor and a vision sensor. They feature a touchscreen with intuitive interface and configurable inspection parameters. Three sensor types are offered in one rugged package for applications such as injection molding verification, label inspection, packaging verification, weld nut orientation, and electronic marking verification.

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Product of the Month: Soft X-Ray EUV Spectrometer

McPherson, Inc. (Chelmsford, MA) has released the 251MX x-ray and extreme ultraviolet (EUV) spectrometer, for wavelength dispersive spectral measurements from 0.6 to 20nm (60 to 2000eV). The 251MX provides corrected, flat field spectra with its selection of specially designed diffraction gratings. Data is acquired quickly and easily with direct-detection charge coupled detectors (CCDs). The 251MX is suitable for applications such as soft x-ray plasma diagnostics, analysis of high order harmonic generated coherent EUV lasers, characterization of extreme ultraviolet sources for high resolution imaging, and advanced semiconductor lithography processes.

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Benchtop Optical Meter

The 1928-C Single-Channel Bench-top Optical Meter from Newport (Irvine, CA) interfaces with the company’s photodiode detectors, thermopiles, and pyroelectric detectors. It has the capability of measuring from 11 pW up to 20 kW of optical power and from 7uJ to 20 kJ of pulse energy. The 100 kHz sampling rate ensures that the pulse measurements are accurate and any real fluctuations in the CW power are not ignored. The 1928-C features a highly visible color display, data storage via internal memory or USB flash drive, and an analog output interface.

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Near-Infrared Photodetectors

The Siletz series of carrier multiplication devices (CMDs) from Voxtel (Beaverton, OR) are nanostructured InGaAs/ InAlAs devices that are designed to overcome the limitations of avalanche photodiodes (APDs) in the 0.9 to 1.6 micron spectral region, including the eye-safe range beyond 1.3 microns. Featuring ultra-low-noise analog optical detection up to approximately 1 GHz, and high quantum efficiency, the photodetectors are ideal for low-light-level detection.

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Eye-Safe Laser Illuminator

The Prolight-G from Snake Creek Lasers (Hallstead, PA) is a rugged, eye-safe laser illuminator that features a continuously-variable cone-angle setting to accommodate short-distance illumination tasks. Highly durable and water-resistant, the Prolight-G is constructed of machined and anodized aluminum. The Prolight-G comes with push-button tail-cap switch, lanyard, and one CR-123 lithium battery. Compared to white-light sources, the monochromatic nature of the Prolight-G also enables higher-resolution imaging.

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