Imaging

Vision Sensors Simplify Automobile Seat Component Inspection

As a leading global component supplier to the automotive industry, the Keiper GmbH & Co. Group in Germany develops and manufactures metal seat components and structures for automotive industry suppliers and manufacturers. Quality control using vision technology on the production line has brought flexible production lines, investment return in under a year, and increased efficiency.

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High-Speed Video Camera

The i-SPEED 3 high-speed video camera from Olympus, Orangeburg, NY, combines high image quality, portability, and speed. The high image quality is derived from a 1280 × 1024 resolution sensor. It features a Controller Display Unit (CDU), which eliminates the need to connect to a PC for operation. A GigE port and CDU connection are available for applications that do require a PC connection. An integral battery provides 45 minutes of unsupported operation, either as a battery back-up or dedicated power supply.

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Surface-Mount LED

The OVSRRGBCC3 is a surface-mount RGB LED with a 150° viewing angle from OPTEK Technology, Carrollton, TX. The three separate diodes are housed in a miniature package that is compatible with automatic pick-and-place equipment, as well as infrared and vapor phase solder reflow processes. The 1204 package size provides the option of mounting the LED as a top-emitting or side-emitting device, making the LED package suitable for applications with limited board space such as handheld applications.

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Hardware Compression Platform

4DSP, Reno, NV, has introduced a JPEG2000 hardware compression platform that is powered by Xilinx FPGA accelerators. The system provides image compression for digital cameras, 4G infrastructure, and headsets, and well as medical, military, and other precision imaging applications. JPEG2000 is a wavelet-based digital imaging compression standard, superseding the original discrete cosine transform-based JPEG compression method. The JPEG2000 PMC daughter card is based on two ADV22 devices and a SPARTAN-3AN FPGA.

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Video Imaging System

Photron, San Diego, CA, offers the Fastcam SA3, a megapixel, high-speed video imaging system that is designed to withstand high-G and rugged environments. Suitable for automotive safety testing, the camera features a 17-micron pixel size for demanding frame rate or low-light applications. The 12-bit CMOS camera system with 2-microsecond global shuttering is available in two configurations and memory options of 2 GB and 4 GB.

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Transmission Electron Microscope

The Titan Krios™ transmission electron microscope from FEI, Hillsboro, OR, allows researchers to visualize the mechanisms of individual proteins and molecular machines, and to localize that activity within the three-dimensional architecture of the cell. The microscope has been optimized for cryo-transmission electron microscopy, automated single-particle analysis, 2D electron crystallography, and dual-axis tomography.

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5-Megapixel Camera

A 5-megapixel camera has been added to the LightWise family from the Imaging Solutions Group (ISG), Rochester, NY. The LightWise LW-5-S-1394 camera is available in color and monochrome versions. All camera controls are done via the 1394 interface, which includes a fully programmable image processing pipeline and dynamic range/gamma control LUT for any desired response curve. An on-board image buffer is also featured, as well as a wide range of triggering and strobe control capabilities.

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Remote-Head Camera

Toshiba Imaging Systems Division, Irvine, CA, has released the remote-head IK-TF5H5U camera that measures 32.6×38.6×41 mm. It is part of the IK-TF 3CCD color camera series and features a progressive scan system that delivers precision color images with no image-jitter. The 5.74-ounce system comes with CameraLink® output, a C-mount, and two optional cable lengths of 3 and 5 meters for configuration into machine vision systems where space is limited.

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Machine Vision Cameras

Sony, Park Ridge, NJ, offers the XCD series of machine vision cameras that use the high-bandwidth 1394b interface and are designed for applications ranging from parts inspection to microscopy. They are available in either monochrome or raw color versions. Each fit the same compact form factor to ease integration in industrial environments, and can be configured as a star connection or daisy-chained. Sony’s 1394b software driver maximizes the 800 Mbps bandwidth and can daisy-chain up to 62 cameras with an optional external power supply. The series comprises three sets of cameras offered in VGA, SXGA, and UXGA resolutions.

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Digital Microscope Camera

The PAXcam2+ digital microscope camera from MIS, Villa Park, IL, has a CCD sensor with the ability to capture low-light images, and features an enhanced dynamic range for color rendition and tonal qualities in captured images. The camera addresses microscopy applications such as polarized light, darkfield, Nomarski DIC, and fluorescence applications. The camera includes extended camera exposure range, low-light sensitivity, and true-color display and capture. All PAX-cams have a continuous white balance function, external mount for use as a macro camera, and USB-2 connectivity. The camera is suitable for applications such as microelectronics, semiconductor, LCD display manufacturing, materials sciences, and life sciences applications.

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