Features

Machine Vision Cameras

Prosilica, Burnaby, BC, Canada, has introduced the GE-Series gigabit Ethernet machine vision cameras, which conform to the draft AIA GigE Vision standard. The cameras send non-compressed images at high frame rates over standard gigabit Ethernet hardware with cable lengths up to 100 meters long. The cameras range from VGA to 2-megapixel resolution, and full-resolution frame rates up to 200 fps. Color models are also available with on-board color interpolation.

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Optical Zoom Module

New Scale Technologies, Victor, NY, offers the Squiggle optical zoom module for phone cameras that uses the patented SQUIGGLE motor. The module achieves lens travel greater than 4 mm with better than 10-micrometer closed-loop repeatability. The module’s cross-section of 10 x 12 mm is slightly larger than the 8-mm-diameter lens. The module’s 18-mm length reflects the optical and physical properties of the lens elements and image sensor. The final dimensions of the module are determined by the customer’s choice of optics and image sensor.

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CCD Imaging Camera

PerkinElmer Optoelectronics, Fremont, CA, has introduced the MultiBlueTM CCD camera, a multi-purpose imaging camera that features a modular design that provides OEMs with a choice of imagers that can be incorporated into the camera, which includes a temperature-stabilized design to eliminate cooling. The camera features a 12-bit output depth, and USB 2.0 and IEEE-1394b FireWire interfaces for dual plug-and-play connectivity.

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Middleware Bridges the Optical/Mechanical Design Gap

Mechanical CAD (computer-aided design) programs have become very sophisticated during the past few years. Unfortunately, there is still a portion of the engineering spectrum that cannot be handled well in a traditional CAD program: optical modeling. If you are creating a complicated optical system (think of a camera zoom lens), then it is best to perform almost all of the design in a specialized optical design software program and then transfer the optical design to a CAD program for the later stages of the design process where items like housings, threads, cams, and motors are designed and integrated into the model.

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Photonics Tech Briefs Presents 2005 Products of the Year

Photonics Tech Briefs (PTB) recently presented the 2005 Readers’ Choice Products of the Year at a special awards dinner held at The Water Club in New York City. The top three products chosen by the readers of PTB were honored at the event.

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Product of the Month: Diode Pumped Solid-State Laser System

The MirusTM diode pumped solid-state laser system from Northrop Grumman Space Cutting Edge Optronics (St. Charles, MO) is available with 450 watts of output power. It features an RS 232/485 interface, an electronic shutter, linear PI curve, and an internal flow switch in the laser head. It has been environmentally tested to operate at a temperature range of 15° to 35° C and can be stored at a temperature range of -20°C to 60°C. Its filtered water-cooling system means there is no need for deionization. The Mirus laser is suitable for industrial and manufacturing applications including marking, micromachining and welding, percussion drilling, cutting, scribing, and ablation.

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Compact Laser Diode Modules

Photonic Products (Huntington Beach, CA) has launched 8-mm-diameter laser diode modules for use in prepress plate alignment and laser alignment for label and wrapper cutting machinery, and medical applications such as patient positioning. The modules consist of a brass housing, laser diode, drive circuit, and adjustable collimating or focusing lens. The lens may be adjusted to produce either a collimated beam or focused spot. Electrical connections are made via external flying leads.

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