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Optical-to-Electrical Converter

Highland Technology (San Francisco, CA) has introduced the Model J740 Fast fiber-coupled optical-to-electrical converter. Housed in a rugged, compact, extruded aluminum enclosure, the J740 performs wideband analog conversion of fast fiber-coupled signals from DC to greater than 1GHz. Three versions are available covering industry standard 850nm, 1310nm, and 1550nm wavelengths. Units feature a calibrated conversion gain of 1V/mW (0.5V/mW into 50 Ohms) and are compatible with single and multi-mode fiber.

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561nm, 150 mW CW DPSS Laser

The SLIM-561-150 from Oxxius (Lannion, France) is a CW DPSS laser, operating at 561 nm with 150 mW output power. The laser is available in an OEM version designed for integration, and a plug and play, CDRH-compliant version for laboratory use. Its optical characteristics combine ideal transverse mode (M2 1.2), ultra-low noise (nt pointing stability (he SLIM’s single frequency emission makes it ideal for Raman spectroscopy, holography, or laser Doppler velocimetry.

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Color Sensors

Pepperl+Fuchs, Twinsburg, OH, offers the VCS210 color sensors that enable users to program, evaluate, process, and display up to 255 distinct colors. With a 100μs optimal response time, the sensors offer a range of selectable settings, including seven different evaluation methods, six different color space modes, and six different output-trigger methods. Programming is achieved with Windows-based software. They are available in diffuse and thru-beam models. A range of fiber optic cables and tips is available.

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Digital 3D Cameras

Baumer, Southington, CT, offers the TZG01 digital 3D cameras for robotic guidance and material handling/logistics systems. Equipped with an integrated Time of Flight sensor, the cameras deliver spatial capture of objects and components. The cameras provide data on target dimensions and position with a single snapshot that captures and displays both a distance and a grayscale image. The cameras feature frame rates to 54 fps, and acquisition range of 0.3 to 5 meters. They integrate lens, sensor, and LED into an IP67-rated housing suitable for harsh environments exposed to moisture and particulate contamination.

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Vision Software

PPT VISION, Bloomington, MN, offers the IMPACTTM Software Suite 8.3 vision software that pairs with smart camera technology to provide inspection capabilities for machine vision applications. The software’s application programming interface (API) uses the Microsoft® ActiveX® platform for connectivity, linking, and embedding.

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Metrology Systems

Lehighton Electronics, Lehighton, PA, has introduced the 1800 series systems for the characterization of solar cells and flat-panel displays. The systems feature full automation and control, and incorporate sensor heads for in-line product monitoring. Fully automated conveyor models monitor uniformity of ITO, TCO, various thin films, and other coatings on non-conductive substrates. Optional Statistical Process Control software provides a warning when uniformity or sheet-resistance measurements are out of the desired range. The series is designed for characterization of products such as wafers up to 450 mm diameter, coated glass panels, and solar cells.

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Visual Inspection and Measurement Software

VISIONx, Pointe-Claire, QE, Canada, has released VisionGauge® software for visual inspection and measurement that lets users capture, manipulate, analyze, store, and output images, video, and data. The 32-bit application runs under Windows® and can be supplied as a complete inspection workstation, including the computer, optics, lighting, camera, and positioning and focusing mechanism, or as a board-level and software product.

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