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X-Ray Camera

Andor Technology, South Windsor, CT, offers the iKon-M x-ray camera available in two models: the DO and DY. The DO interfaces with vacuum chambers, and the DY is a standalone camera with a beryllium input window. The cameras offer a low-read noise floor, high QE across the x-ray, XUV, and EUV energy ranges, and negligible dart current with thermoelectric cooling to -90°C. Readout speeds of up to 2.5 MHz enable faster frame rate imaging of dynamic processes.

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Digital Video Recorder

NorPix, Montreal, QE, Canada, has released a small-form-factor video recorder for airborne applications. The system is GigE Vision and IEEE 1394B compatible, and records with two HDTV or GigE Vision cameras simultaneously with StreamPix4 software. It records to solid-state drives or RAM, and records from one HDTV or GigE Vision-compatible camera in compressed format. It is touchscreen-compatible and records to USB memory sticks using CineForm compression. Applications include image archiving and motion analysis.

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FPGA Vision Platform

4DSP, Reno, NV, offers the FM577 FPGA platform for vision systems based on a dual ALTERA® Cyclone III FPGA device architecture for data acquisition and processing. It also features the EP3C40 for communication interfaces. Both FPGA devices offer a total of 160K logic elements, 400+ 18-bit embedded multipliers at 260 MHz, up to 5-Mbits of on-chip SRAM, and up to 4 GBytes of DDR2 SDRAM on-board. The FPGA platform enables integration of CameraLink frame-grabbing, imaging processing, and real-time JPEG2000 compression.

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CCTV Conversion Software

Avocado Security, Fairfax, VA, has introduced Avocado Express 2.0, a security and business intelligence optimization platform that provides security images by taking the video images from surveillance cameras and translating them into intelligent business data and statistics. It can convert video images from existing security equipment from multiple vendors and translate the images into usable data. The technology can instantly send alerts about misaligned, disconnected, or malfunctioning security equipment. The platform can integrate an organization’s security platform across multiple locations, and showcase the security details of each location by generating daily, weekly, and monthly status reports.

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Vision-Equipped Robots

FANUC Robotics America, Rochester Hills, MI, has introduced the LR Mate 200iC/5H, the M-430iA/2F, and the M-710iC robots equipped with iRVision® built-in robotic vision. The LR Mate 200iC/5H is designed for small-part assembly, the M-430iA/2F is a compact picking robot, and the M-710iC features a 3D laser vision sensor. The iRVision system is a ready-to-use robotic vision package that requires only a camera and cable - no additional processing hardware is required. The system features a 2D robot guidance tool to accomplish part location, error proofing, and other operations that normally require special sensors or custom fixtures. For robotic vision processes that exceed the capability of 2D vision systems, an integrated 3D vision system is available.

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Smart Cameras

National Instruments, Austin, TX, has introduced the NI 1744, NI 1762, and NI 1764 smart cameras for embedded machine vision applications. Powered by a 533-MHz PowerPC, the 1744 cameras feature a high-resolution image sensor that acquires images up to 1.3 megapixels. The 1762 cameras offer a 720-MHz TI DSP coprocessor with the PowerPC, making it possible to run algorithms with no changes to the application software. The 1762 contains a 640 × 480 resolution image sensor. The 1764 cameras feature the 1.3-megapixel image sensor and the TI DSP coprocessor for use in high-speed manufacturing line applications that are inspecting large objects or locating and identifying small codes or features.

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Machine Vision Software

PPT Vision, Eden Prairie, MN, has introduced IMPACTTM Software Suite Version 8.0 machine vision software. New features include the ability to drag and drop tools and controls, snap-to-grid alignment on the control panel canvas, and easy data linking between vision tools and controls. The IMPACT Vision Program Manager (VPM) features more than 120 tools, including OCR, blob analysis, circle gauge, circular pattern find, line find, sub-pixel gauging, and other vision tools that allow users to create vision programs. The VPM displays inspection data and pass/fail results with a built-in, preconfigured operator panel. The software also includes the Control Panel Manager (CPM), which allows users to create custom control panels with multiple image displays, data charts, and real-time inspection results with password-protected panels, frames, and tabs using more than 60 configurable controls.

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