Imaging

Frame Grabbers

BitFlow (Woburn, MA) provides an alternative to four-link CoaXPress (CXP) frame grabbers with its Karbon™ CXP2, a two-link frame grabber. BitFlow Karbon-CXP2 frame grabbers offer video acquisition speeds up to 6 Gigabits per second, and will send control commands and triggers at 20 Megabits per second — all over a 75 ohm coaxial cable in lengths up to 135 meters. Additionally, a maximum 13W of power can be transmitted to the camera along the cable. Karbon-CXP2 frame grabbers will support either one two-link camera or up to two single-link cameras.

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Vision System

Teledyne DALSA (Waterloo, Ontario, Canada) has released the GEVA 3000 vision system. The fanless GEVA 3000 is equipped with a Gen3 Core i7 processor, choice of camera interface, and application software.

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Thermal Cameras

FLIR Systems (Portland, OR) has announced the FLIR A6700sc midwave infrared camera. The device features a 640×512 pixel resolution thermal detector. Short exposure times allow users to freeze motion and achieve accurate temperature measurements. The camera’s image output can be windowed to increase frame rates to 480 frames per second.

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Camera Software

The pylon 4 Camera Software Suite offered by Basler (Ahrensburg, Germany) supports USB3 Vision and Windows 8. The Basler pylon 4 includes all drivers necessary to establish the various camera interface standards (USB3 Vision, GigE Vision, IEEE1394, Camera Link); a complete software development kit (SDK) with programming examples and languages; and a tool that lets users develop camera applications with just a few lines of code.

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Thermal Imaging System

Ircon® (Santa Cruz, CA) has introduced the ScanIR® 3 infrared linescanners and thermal imaging system. The ScanIR3 Series includes a choice of eight models. Robust housing incorporates standard watercooling and air purge, and also features built-in laser sighting. A rugged processor box also provides universal input and output (I/O) capabilities in the field, without the need for an external computer.

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Wireless Surveillance Camera

MicroPower Technologies (San Diego, CA) has announced the Helios ™ IR Camera. With the addition of an energy-efficient IR illuminator, the Helios day/night device captures and transmits IR-illuminated video data wirelessly up to ½ mile. Powered by solar energy and an internal, long-life lithium battery, the Helios IR Camera yields continuous operation for up to five days on a single charge. The wireless technology does not require cabling for power or data transmission. The system is designed with a smaller footprint — reducing the solar panel size to 1.2 ft2.

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Machine Vision Camera

Measuring 23 × 26.5 × 21.5 mm (.9 × 1.04 × .84"), the uEye™ XS from IDS Imaging Development Systems (Woburn, MA) delivers images from distances of 10 cm, either automatically or manually using software. The associated API function also enables the current focus position to be read. Digital zoom allows continuous enlargement of smaller sections of the image. A range of automatic image control functions, including auto white balance, auto gain, and auto exposure time, are performed in the camera itself.

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X-Ray Imaging: Emerging Digital Technology - CMOS Detectors

In all domains of Medical, Dental and Scientific X-Ray imaging, the replacement of film and analog video imaging techniques with a fully digital workflow is underway.

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Automated Inspection Lowers Solar Cell Costs

The solar cell market is poised to experience exceptional growth, but continued success in the market will require manufacturers to drive production costs down. Automated optical inspection (AOI) using machine vision systems will play a key role in this cost reduction by speeding production and reducing waste. The challenge is to have the right vision system for each inspection task.

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4 Critical Factors: Deploying GigE Vision in Real-Time Industrial Imaging

The acceptance and use of Gigabit Ethernet technology for industrial digital imaging applications continues to grow. The increased variety and capability of cameras to leverage this powerful interface, combined with planned updates to the AIA (Automated Imaging Association) GigE Vision® interface standards makes GigE Vision based imaging more robust and more ideal than ever for real-time machine vision applications.

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