Imaging

The Dusk of Fire-Wire, The Dawn of USB 3.0: Advancements and critical aspects of camera interfaces for next generation vision systems

Before 2011, many system designs were built on the most popular interface at the time: FireWire. This technology is slowly becoming obsolete and is commonly being replaced by USB 3.0, the new predominant interface for industrial and scientific cameras. In this paper we will outline why people are making the upgrade from FireWire to the USB 3.0 interface, and why USB 3.0 is here to stay.

Posted in: White Papers, Optics, Photonics

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Electronic Component Testing: A Non-contact Sport

As electronic circuit boards and components get smaller and more powerful, inherent heat can cause significant damage. Infrared thermography can identify hot spots, allowing for improved thermal management and greater advances in circuit board design.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Cameras

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The Need for Speed

With today’s engineering challenges, the need for non-contact, high speed thermal measurement has never been greater. Traditional forms of temperature measurement such as thermocouples and spot pyrometers do not offer the resolution or speed required to fully characterize high speed thermal devices and provide adequate temperature measurement. Infrared cameras offer thousands, even millions, of points of non-contact high speed thermal measurement. However, not all infrared detectors are created equal. Here we’ll discuss the most common types of thermal infrared detectors and the capabilities as well as limitations of each. You’ll find this discussion helpful for solving applications involving fast moving targets or targets with fast thermal slew rates and the following information will provide the knowledge base to ensure measurements are reliable, avoiding a “garbage in, garbage out” situation.

Posted in: White Papers, Cameras, Data Acquisition, Detectors

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The Advantages of Cooled IR Cameras

For many years, thermal imaging cameras have been used by scientists, researchers and R&D specialists for a wide range of applications, including industrial R&D, academics & research, non-destructive testing (NDT) & materials testing, and defense and aerospace. However, not all thermal cameras are created equal and for some applications dedicated, advanced thermal cameras with high speed stop motion capability are required in order to get accurate measurements.

Posted in: White Papers, Cameras

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Mikrotron Cameras Bring Accuracy, High Performance, and Flexibility to 3D Trajectory Reconstruction

Static two-dimensional images have proven to be of great analytical value, but analysis in more dynamic environments depends upon accurate and continuous imaging of three-dimensional volumes. Fluid motion often presents that type of dynamic environment. For example, turbulent fluid flow through irregular media — such as water flow along a gravel streambed — is almost impossible to represent with a closed-form mathematical model. To study such situations, researchers turn to a technique called 3D particle tracking velocimetry, or 3D-PTV. Mikrotron cameras have proven to be invaluable elements of high-performance 3D-PTV systems.

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How Do You Assess Image Quality?

What does "image quality" mean for you? What exactly differentiates a "good" from a "bad" image? How can image quality be measured in an industrial camera and which criteria are used to assess it?

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