Features

Power Switches and Injectors

Power switches and power injectors from Baumer (Southington, CT) are designed to connect gigabit Ethernet cameras or Power over Ethernet (PoE) cameras to standard networks. The components support jumbo packets, a necessity for successful operation of giga-bit Ethernet systems, and are available in standard sizes and shapes for easy integration into PCI boxes. The switches and injectors offer an operating voltage between 24 and 48 volts. Available in four- and six-port models, the switches feature DIN rail mounting. The injectors automatically deliver power through a Cat6 cable.

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Optical Interconnects

Molex (Lisle, IL) and Polymicro Technologies (Phoenix, AZ), a subsidiary of Molex, have released Molex LumaCoreTM-based interconnects that incorporate Polymicro’s large core, optical fibers. The complete solution connects large core optical fibers used for data, sensing, and optical power transmission. The solution withstands extreme operating conditions, particularly for sensing high power delivery, illumination, and aerospace applications.

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Optical Design Software

Breault Research Organization (Tucson, AZ) has released a new version of the company’s Advanced Systems Analysis Program (ASAP®). Some of the features offered in ASAP 2009 V1R1 include: Conformal Radiometry, BRO Digitizer, Liquid Crystal Cell (LCC), General Uni-axial Medium (GUM), Stokes-Vector Mode for Polarization, Mueller Matrix Element, Optimization, and a REMOTE user interface. Industry applications for ASAP include automotive, architectural and specialty illumination design, simulation of laser systems and other coherent devices, stray light analysis of telescopes and space-based imaging systems, display modeling, and micro-optical device modeling.

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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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