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Industrial Videoscopes

Olympus NDT, Waltham, MA, offers the IPLEX LX and IPLEX LT industrial videoscopes for a range of remote visual inspections of parts or structures where access is limited. The scopes weigh 2.7 kg, including the battery, and feature an LCD monitor built into a main operating unit that measures 64 mm wide. The monitor uses a 6.5" screen with low ambient reflection for use outdoors in direct sunlight. Menus and features can be accessed by quick-access buttons on the handset with power-assist TrueFeelTM scope articulation control. The display features an icon-based menu.

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CMOS Camera

Photron, San Diego, CA, offers the Fastcam SA4 high-speed CMOS sensor that provides 3,600 frames per second operation at 1024 × 1024 pixel resolution. The camera offers frame rates at up to 500,000 frames per second at reduced resolution. It is designed for applications in which extreme light sensitivity, high dynamic range, and image quality with low noise are critical. The camera is available with an RS-422 remote control keypad with built-in 5" LCD viewfinder. The camera features a variable region of interest with 12-bit uncompressed data, a one-microsecond global shutter, and 20-micron pixels for low-light, high-speed applications.

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Smart Camera System

DALSA, Billerica, MA, has introduced the BOA vision system, an integrated smart camera that comprises the elements of an industrial machine vision system, and incorporates multiple processing engines. This enables algorithm optimization via DSP, application management via CPU, and sensor management via FPGA. Embedded application software enables set-up through a standard Web browser. The camera features a 44-mm cube form factor and IP67-rated housing, and is available in a monochrome version.

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Polarization Camera

The FD-1665P camera system from FluxData, Rochester, NY, collects video at three linear polarization orientations simultaneously. The simultaneous registered video is captured from three sensors, and the optical system is based on the FD-1665 three-CCD camera system that can be configured with user-specified filters in front of each sensor. The standard offering for the camera is 0-, 45-, and 90-degree linear polarization filters in front of the three RGB sensors at up to 120 frames per second. The three CCDs can be simultaneously or sequentially triggered via software or hardware.

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Vision-Based Sensors

Sharpshooter vision-based sensors from Balluff, Florence, KY, offer 360° part rotation recognition. All configured inspections are compensated for the parts rotation, minimizing the need to tightly fixture parts. Output logic functionality provides the ability to link any tool or combination of tools to any output. The sensors use ConVis configuration and emulation software that provides dynamic host configuration protocol for remotely assigning IP addresses and rotatable tool regions. The single-unit sensors provide part or feature presence or absence and inspection, position detection, and dimension verification.

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Vision Sensors

IDEC Corp. USA, Sunnyvale, CA, offers Datasensor SVS Series smart vision sensors for machine vision applications. They feature a frame rate of 60 frames per second, Ethernet communication, a teach button, 640 × 480 pixel resolution, and nine inspection tools that include pattern match, positioning verification, edge count, contrast comparison, 360° pattern match, contour match, width comparison, brightness check, and character verification. SVS1 models can be set up via a handheld configurator; SVS2 models can be connected to a PC and offer multiple controls.

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Remote-Head Camera

The CMOS IK-HR1H miniature remote camera head from Toshiba Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, can be configured with either of two camera control units (CCUs), the IK-HR1CD and the IK-HR1CS. The lightweight remote camera head is approximately 1.18 × 1.37 × 1.41" and weighs 1.76 ounces without the lens. The 1/3" CMOS sensor is designed for imaging applications where space is limited and the remote head can be inked to the CCU via a standard power-over-CameraLink (PoCL) cable.

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Operator Console Recorder

Longwatch, Norwood, MA, has introduced the Operator’s Console Recorder, a software module that automatically records images being shown on multiple HMI or SCADA operator’s displays. The module takes signals directly from each HMI screen’s video software driver, so it records the actual video being sent to the HMI. The software can accommodate video signals from an unlimited number of HMIs to show what operators were watching at the time of an event or alarm.

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Imaging Software

NorPix, Montreal, Canada, has released StreamPix4 software to view, control, and acquire images from single or multiple cameras simultaneously in the same interface. The interface provides a management console for cameras, simplifying setup, control, and acquisition from any number or type of cameras, both locally and remotely connected. The software can support an infinite number of cameras; the number is limited only by a condition wherein the combined data rate of the cameras exceeds the PCI bus bandwidth or the processor capabilities of the computer.

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Low-Friction Surface for Ready-to-Use Catheter

A company seeks a low-friction surface for ready-to-use intermittent catheters for both men and women, with the goal of achieving insertion and retraction without causing any trauma or perception of trauma. The low-friction surface must operate during insertion, while the catheter is in place, and during removal. Balance between kink-resistance and flexibility is important, and the ability to insert the catheter without touching it would be ideal. It must offer 3-5 years of shelf life at ambient temperatures, and use biocompatible materlals.

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