Imaging

Machine Vision Software

IMPACT® 9.1 machine vision software from PPT Vision, Bloomington, MN, features the Pinpoint Pattern Find tool for applications including robotic guidance and high-speed inspection of randomly oriented, scaled, and located parts. Custom inspections can be designed with the Vision Program Manager, which features icons for drag-and-drop configuration and no programming language knowledge required. The Control Program Manager tool enables engineers to build a custom graphical user interface with multiple levels of log-ins and passwords.

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Microscope Cameras

Jenoptik Optical Systems Division, Jena, Germany, offers the ProgRes® SpeedXTcore 3 and ProgRes SpeedXTcore 5 USB CCD microscope cameras. The first model features live image speed of 17 fps at the maximum resolution of 2080 × 1542 pixels; the second model offers 13 fps image speed at 2580 × 1944 pixels. The cameras can be connected to any microscope, computer, or notebook via the USB 2.0 interface.

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Microscopy Camera

QImaging, Surrey, BC, Canada, offers the Rolera EM-C2 EMCCD microscopy camera for low-light imaging applications that features a 40-MHz pixel clock rate. Up to 34.2 frames per second can be read out and transferred over an optimized 800 Mb/s implementation of the FireWire protocol. The camera’s Easy-EM mode optimizes the camera EM Gain settings with a single click, boosting the signal-to-noise ratio. Variable exposure times range from 200 microseconds to 17.9 minutes.

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Uncooled Thermal Camera

FLIR Systems, Portland, OR, has introduced the Tau 640 high-resolution, uncooled, longwave camera core with 17-micron pixel size and Digital Detail Enhancement image processing algorithms. The camera features multiple resolution options and configurations, as well as several lens options. Camera Controller software provides user control over most camera functions.

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Color Sensors

The Series 4055 color sensors from Contrinex, Old Saybrook, CT, are used for color control and color sorting processes. The sensors feature three teachable color channels with independent 200 mA outputs, which allow for three color tones to be programmed. The teach process offers a choice of five different tolerance levels. Color detection within the operating range of 30 to 40 mm is independent of the target distance. The sensors feature switching frequency to 4 kHz, adjustable pulse delay and stretching, NPN and PNP versions, and 10-bit precision of R, G, and B signals.

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Machine Vision Software

3D-LocateTM machine vision software from Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, provides real-time 3D position information for machine vision systems. The software uses multiple sets of features found by a geometric pattern matching tool, PatMax®, to determine an object’s 3D orientation.

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Bandpass Filters

Deposition Sciences, Santa Rosa, CA, offers long-wavelength infrared (LWIR) bandpass filters with operation at temperatures between ambient and 10 K. A variety of substrates is available, including germanium, silicon, zinc sulfide, zinc selenide, quartz, sapphire, and polymers. Sizes from a few millimeters to more than 2” in diameter can be supplied.

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Microscope Viewing System

Carl Zeiss, Thornwood, NY, has released a system for Axio Scope and Axio Imager light microscopes that enables up to 21 individuals to view the same microscope image field at the same time. The image generated under the microscope is seen by all observers with an identical image orientation in a 23-mm field of view, which provides users with an overview of the large specimen section. Each configuration can be implemented with standard stages, and each observer’s workstation can be configured in either a straight line or in as many right angles as needed. Each tube is supported by its own column in its center of gravity.

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Micro-Electrode Visual Inspection System Utilizing Image Processing Tools

This system eliminates the need for manual inspections using microscopes.A system was devised to aid in the inspection of micro-electrode assemblies utilized in clinical lab instruments to conduct impedance measurements on living cells in a 384 bottomless well casing with the electrode layer bonded to the housing, creating the closed-cell, real-time data acquisition instrument for assay tests.

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Apparatus for Cold, Pressurized Biogeochemical Experiments

Bacteria are grown under conditions imitating those at ocean depths.A laboratory apparatus has been devised as a means of studying plausible biogeochemical reactions under high-pressure, low-temperature aqueous, anaerobic conditions like those conjectured to prevail in a liquid water ocean on Europa (the fourth largest moon of the planet Jupiter). The experiments to be performed by use of this apparatus are intended to enhance understanding of how life (if any) could originate and evolve in the Europa ocean environment. Inasmuch as terrestrial barophilic, psychrophilic organisms that thrive under anaerobic conditions are used in the experiments, the experiments may also contribute to terrestrial biogeochemistry.

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