Imaging

Line-Scan Camera

The 3DPIXA 3D line scan color camera from Chromasens (Burlington, MA) employs factory-calibrated stereo engineering. To output both color images and 3D altitude data in real time, the Chromasens 3DPIXA simultaneously captures two images of the same object. Height and shape are calculated using special algorithms running on the GPU.

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Frame Grabbers

The PIXCI® EB1mini frame grabber from EPIX (Buffalo Grove, IL) captures from any base Camera Link device. The frame grabber includes trigger input, strobe output, shutter control, bit-packing capability, 64 bit memory addressing, and video rate sequence capture. The XCAP-Lite imaging program, provided with the PIXCI® EB1mini, provides control of image capture, as well as all board functions, through the Capture & Adjust Dialog.

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X-Ray CCD Cameras

Andor Technology (Belfast, UK) has announced the iKon-M SY and Newton SY series of CCD cameras. The ‘standalone’ detectors offer -100°C deep cooling, optimized for the soft X-ray region. The 200-micron-thick Beryllium window blocks unwanted lower energies and visible wavelengths, with minimal beam hardening. The detectors are integrated and supported in a range of third-party software using Andor’s SDK, including MAT-Lab, LABView, and EPICs.

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Camera Link Selector

The CLM-602 Camera Link Multiplexer from Vivid Engineering (Shrewsbury, MA) interfaces two Camera Link cameras of any configuration (base, medium, full, 80-bit) to one frame grabber. The CLM-602 incorporates high-speed (85 MHz) interfaces. Multiple camera selection methods are provided, including rear-panel switch settings, Camera Link interface signals (serial or camera control), and an external RS-232 port. The selector is housed in a sturdy, compact aluminum enclosure.

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CMOS Image Sensor

Truesense Imaging (Rochester, NY) has released a 6-megapixel CMOS image sensor targeted to applied imaging markets such as machine vision, intelligent transportation systems, and surveillance. The KAC-06040 Image Sensor is a 1-inch optical format device that provides 10-bit full resolution output at up to 160 fps. Its platform provides both global and rolling shutter for versatile image capture. The platform also includes a flexible read-out architecture that supports programmable, multiple regions of interest, enabling full speed and interspersed video streams. The KAC-06040 Image Sensor is available in monochrome and Bayer color configurations.

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High-Speed Imaging System

The FASTCAM SA-Z imaging system from Photron (San Diego, CA) features 21,000 frames per second at megapixel resolution. The new SA-Z CMOS sensor provides over 2,000,000 frames per second (fps) at reduced resolution. The enhanced global electronic shutter operates from 1-millisecond (standard) down to 159 nanoseconds (export restrictions apply).

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Camera Gauge System

A camera gauge system from Newcomb Spring Corp. (Decatur, GA) provides precise, image-based length measurements, with data recording and reportable order details. The system measures compression springs as they are manufactured, capturing and saving a digital image of each part and recording part dimensions. If part measurements approach maximum tolerance levels, the system’s computer program automatically triggers an adjustment in connected wire coiling machinery, causing the equipment to recalibrate and comply more closely to nominal specifications. When the order is complete, a report and digital record is available for download.

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High-Speed Cameras

Teledyne DALSA (Billerica, MA) has announced two 2k-resolution versions of its Piranha4 ™ series. The monochrome Piranha4 dual line scan camera delivers a maximum line rate of 100 kHz in TDI mode, or 200 kHz in Area mode. The Piranha4 2k trilinear model offers a maximum line rate of 70 kHz. Advanced features include sub-pixel spatial correction, lens and shading correction, and flat field correction.

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Infrared Camera Core

Sofradir EC (Fairfield, NJ) has introduced its ATOM80™ Ther mal Infrared Imaging Camera Core. The ATOM80 consists of a microbolometer array having 80×80 pixels. The thermal sensor camera core, based on a ULIS Micro80P microbolometer, permits systems to scan a large area with one sensor. Additionally, the camera core delivers thermal sensitivity of less than 0.1°C at standard video rates.

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3D Inspection Scanner

The new Gocator 3100 series of 3D smart snapshot sensors from LMI Technologies (Delta, B.C. Canada) combines 3D point cloud acquisition and 3D feature measurement tools in a single industrial package. The sensor includes an integral structured blue LED light projection illumination source with stereo scanning technology that allows 3D point clouds to be captured in a single snapshot, even under ambient light conditions. The Gocator 3100 performs high-resolution non-contact measurement at up to 5Hz. Possible measurements include holes, slots, studs, and gap & flush.

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