Imaging

Visual Inspection and Measurement Software

VISIONx, Pointe-Claire, QE, Canada, has released VisionGauge® software for visual inspection and measurement that lets users capture, manipulate, analyze, store, and output images, video, and data. The 32-bit application runs under Windows® and can be supplied as a complete inspection workstation, including the computer, optics, lighting, camera, and positioning and focusing mechanism, or as a board-level and software product.

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Graphics Processing Boards

NVIDIA, Santa Clara, CA, offers the Quadro FX series of graphics processing boards. The FX 5800 is a 4-GB board that provides the ability to work with large-scale models and datasets; the FX 4800 is also a high-end solution for professional use. The FX 3800 is a single-slot solution that includes SLI® Multi-OS and SDI support; the FX1800 is a mid-range solution; the FX 580 is designed for volume CAD and digital content applications; and the FX 380 is an energy-efficient solution.

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Camera Link Video Splitter

Vivid Engineering, Shrewsbury, MA, offers the CLV-411 Camera Link video splitter that interfaces one camera to up to four frame grabbers using standard Camera Link cables. This enables the use of multiple frame grabbers for applications requiring parallel or distributed processing or camera sharing. The splitter incorporates high-speed 85-MHz interfaces and supports Camera Link base configuration. Medium configuration applications are supported using two splitters. Multiple splitters may be cascaded for large parallel processing systems.

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CMOS Cameras

ProgRes® CT1, CT3, and CT5 CMOS cameras from Jenoptik, Jena, Germany, are equipped with USB 2.0 interface and feature a resolution up to 5 megapixels and a live frame rate to 20 fps. The cameras combine the maximum readout of CMOS and CCD sensors with the bandwidth of the USB bus to provide live preview images. The cameras include ProgRes CapturePro software that includes extended focus, print button, predefined text annotations and full-screen mode. They are equipped with CCD or CMOS technology using monochrome or color sensors with optional cooling and a choice of connection via either USB or FireWire.

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Single-Board Cameras

Vision Components, Hudson, NH, has introduced the VCSBC64XX series of stereo single-board cameras with a computational power of 7200 MIPS, 256 MB DDRAM, 16-MB Flash EPROM for program and data storage, and can be equipped with multiple head options. The cameras feature the internal VCRT real-time operating system that enables user interface commands to execute in parallel without stopping the inspection process.

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High-Speed Cameras

Vision Research, Wayne, NJ, has introduced the Phantom Miro eX-Series handheld digital high-speed cameras available in three models: the Miro eX1, eX2, and eX4. They offer a custom-designed CMOS sensor and are offered in resolutions of 640×480 for the eX1 and eX2, and 800x600 for the eX4. Other features include frame rates of 500 to more than 1,200 frames per second. Exposure times are as low as two microseconds, allowing users to freeze fast-moving objects and eliminate blur.

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Widescreen Operator Interfaces

Maple Systems, Everett, WA, offers three widescreen graphic operator interfaces available in 4.3", 7", and 10" sizes. They feature a 400 MHz CPU and 128 MB of Flash and 64 MB DRAM. The 7" widescreen displays high-definition graphics on an 800 × 480 TFT touchscreen. Connectivity is via Ethernet, serial, or USB ports.

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Fixed-Mount Reader

Cognex Corp., Natick, MA, offers the DataMan 200 image-based ID reader that features real-time data and image transfer, and integration with plant controllers and information networks. Liquid lens technology, an optional feature, provides greater focal range and fast setup time. The technology adjusts the camera’s focus by applying an electrical charge to fluid within the lens. Autofocus can be achieved with a single software command. The lens also includes no moving parts and is resistant to shock, vibration, and wear. Setup is performed using two laser aimers.

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Camera System

SICK, Minneapolis, MN, offers the ICR890-2000 CCD-based camera system that reads 1D and 2D bar codes, and includes an integrated real-time JPEG encoder that allows high-quality images to take up less storage space. It also includes increased processing power, support of multiple image output paths, optimized decoders, and extended XML file content. The illumination is fully integrated and the output is self-monitored to provide even lighting over a range of reading situations without adjustment.

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Display Panels

Z Microsystems, San Diego, CA, offers the Ground Control Station display panels with real-time enhanced video. The LCD panels use an FPGA to execute image enhancement algorithms in real time for live video surveillance feeds. The display applies image enhancement and edge detection algorithms to incoming video streams without adding latency. The edge detection algorithm identifies analogous shapes and highlights details. The displays brighten or darken for dusk and dawn viewing, de-haze images, and are qualified to MIL-SPECs for shock, vibration, EMI, temperature, and humidity.

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