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Food and Beverage Sensors

A series of food and beverage sensor products from AutomationDirect (Cumming, GA) includes AC and DC proximity, photoelectric sensors and quick-disconnect sensor cables. Compliant with the IP69K standard, the sensors withstand washdown conditions up to 212 °F and are made from FDAcertified material. The PFM 12 mm and PFK 18 mm proximity sensors have shielded or unshielded stainless steel housings and M12 quick-disconnect plug with gold-plated pins. The PFM series has a sensing range of 4-8 mm, while the PFK line has an 8-12 mm range. Models are available in a choice of 10-30 VDC PNP or NPN transistor outputs, and normally-open or complementary output configurations. Two series of 18 mm food and beverage photoelectric sensors are also available in 30 models and four styles: diffuse, polarized reflective, through-beam, and retro-reflective (for transparent objects); sensors are equipped with LED status indicators. IP69K-rated cables have also been released, and industry standard axial and right-angle M12 or half-inch micro connectors with open leads are available in 5- and 10-meter lengths.

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Non-Contact 3D Digitizer

The Konica Minolta RANGE 7 non-contact 3D measurement camera from Konica Minolta Sensing Americas, Ramsey, NJ, has a scan range of 450-800 mm, an accuracy of ±40 μm, and a scanning input time of approximately 2 seconds per shot. The camera and its controller can be integrated into a single body weighing approximately 6.7 kg. In addition, the RANGE 7, which has a 1.31 megapixel CMOS sensor, features a 3D preview function and interchangeable TELE and WIDE lenses. A multi-focus mode also automatically shifts the focus position to provide three-dimensional measurement data, and an auto-focus function adjusts to a user’s specified points. User calibration can be performed with an optional, movable stand.

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Thermal Imaging Processor

The combination of a ThermoViewTM Pi20 process imager and DataTemp® Pi (DTPi) software from Raytek®, Santa Cruz, CA, provides real-time viewing, archiving, and playback of both online and off-line thermal images. Featuring an IP54 rating, the fixed-mounted ThermoView Pi20 operates in two temperature ranges: -40 to 500 °C and 200 to 2000 °C. For each temperature range, two lens options are available: 21.7 × 16° or 30 × 22°. The ThermoView Pi20 provides networking over distances using a standard Ethernet interface, which transmits up to 30 frames per second. The DataTemp Pi software supports up to 16 Pi20 cameras simultaneously in a single software package, where each camera can have up to 192 process alarms to be assigned as relay outputs. The software interfaces to remote I/O modules and can be employed as triggering inputs, allowing for file saving.

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3D Automated Metrology System

Olympus Integrated Technologies America, San Jose, CA, has released the Olympus IR 3D-IC Automated Metrology System, which provides IR microscopy and imaging technology to verify alignment of bonded wafers and through silicon vias (TSVs). The system observes and acquires images of alignment targets and vias by observing up to 1200 μm of bulk silicon to the patterned surfaces. Overlaid alignment marks are imaged and measured to verify bonding alignment accuracy.

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Thermal Imaging Infrared Camera

The FLIR i5 and FLIR i7 thermal imagers from FLIR Systems, Portland, OR, produce infrared images with a 2.8" color display and 2% thermal accuracy. The FLIR i5, which has an 80 × 80 pixel resolution, provides a center-spot measurement mode. For extensive analysis of job sites, the FLIR i7, which has a RESNET-compliant, 120 × 120 pixel resolution, adds two measurement nodes: area (minimum/maximum) and isotherm (above/below). Both IR cameras capture temperature analysis/reporting in FLIR’s patented radiometric JPEG format.

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Tracking/Tracing Trigger Device

The GigE Trigger Device from Baumer, Southington, CT, controls triggering, power, and image acquisition functions of GigE cameras. With eight inputs, the device integrates light barriers, encoders, sensors, and actuators, processing their signals internally and triggering cameras accordingly. The GigE Trigger evaluates input signals and provides real-time control of additional process steps. Images are transferred to a PC, and the resulting data is returned to the trigger device for follow-up action through the eight outputs that are available to control barriers or other export mechanisms, for example, or provide status messages. The device features industrial voltage level compatibility, simple DIN rail mounting, and a Baumer GAPI-SDK for system integration.

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LCD Display Modules

Saelig, Pittsford, NY, has introduced the uLCD-32PT, a 65K thin film transistor liquid crystal display that has a 3.2", 240 × 320 pixel color panel with an integrated 4-wire resistive touchscreen. A 5-pin connection provides an interface to host devices and supports external SD/μSD memory cards for storing images, video clips, fonts, and data logs. Additionally, the module includes a dedicated PWM audio pin that works with FAT16 audio WAV files, an onboard audio amplifier and speaker, 2 × 30 pin headers for I/O expansion, 4.0V to 5.0V range operation, and support for available Windows characters. Two versions are available: one for standalone applications and another for serial-driven, microprocessor-based devices, allowing the display module to be used as a slave device where the external host sends screen-related functions using a serial protocol. The PICASO-GFX2 chip embedded in the uLCD-32PT (GFX) display allows users to write applications with 4DGL.

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