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Encoder Interface

Swiftcomm is a wireless interface for encoders from BEI Industrial Encoders (Goleta, CA). Unlike other wireless technology such as Wi-Fi, SwiftComm’s fast boot-up and transmission time allow it to seamlessly interface with existing control systems. Simply connect the SwiftComm transmitter to your encoder and the SwiftComm receiver to your control system and apply power. Costly and time-consuming cabling can now be a thing of the past.

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Using Vision to Enable Robotic Random Bin Picking

The development of a robotic random bin picking system that translates to a real-world factory application has received attention for more than 30 years, and has been called by some the “Search for the Holy Grail.” Random bin picking refers to a system where vision-enabled robots locate, grasp, and move single parts from a bin of jumbled or randomly piled parts. In recent years, advances in processing speed, new algorithms, and significant engineering have combined to solve limited versions of the problem, but the more general problem remained.

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Creating an Automated Brake Inspection System with Machine Vision

A Tier 1 automotive supplier of brake drum assemblies with customers here and abroad has tried a number of different vision systems for brake drum assembly inspection, but have had very limited success. The main problem with the previous systems was their dependence on using pattern matching, which proved inadequate in handling the wide variations and complexities in the assemblies.

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Vision Sensors Simplify Automobile Seat Component Inspection

As a leading global component supplier to the automotive industry, the Keiper GmbH & Co. Group in Germany develops and manufactures metal seat components and structures for automotive industry suppliers and manufacturers. Quality control using vision technology on the production line has brought flexible production lines, investment return in under a year, and increased efficiency.

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High-Speed Video Camera

The i-SPEED 3 high-speed video camera from Olympus, Orangeburg, NY, combines high image quality, portability, and speed. The high image quality is derived from a 1280 × 1024 resolution sensor. It features a Controller Display Unit (CDU), which eliminates the need to connect to a PC for operation. A GigE port and CDU connection are available for applications that do require a PC connection. An integral battery provides 45 minutes of unsupported operation, either as a battery back-up or dedicated power supply.

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Surface-Mount LED

The OVSRRGBCC3 is a surface-mount RGB LED with a 150° viewing angle from OPTEK Technology, Carrollton, TX. The three separate diodes are housed in a miniature package that is compatible with automatic pick-and-place equipment, as well as infrared and vapor phase solder reflow processes. The 1204 package size provides the option of mounting the LED as a top-emitting or side-emitting device, making the LED package suitable for applications with limited board space such as handheld applications.

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Hardware Compression Platform

4DSP, Reno, NV, has introduced a JPEG2000 hardware compression platform that is powered by Xilinx FPGA accelerators. The system provides image compression for digital cameras, 4G infrastructure, and headsets, and well as medical, military, and other precision imaging applications. JPEG2000 is a wavelet-based digital imaging compression standard, superseding the original discrete cosine transform-based JPEG compression method. The JPEG2000 PMC daughter card is based on two ADV22 devices and a SPARTAN-3AN FPGA.

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