Imaging

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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CAMERA TRENDS 2013: A Simpler Machine Vision

Today’s cameras are cheaper, smaller, and more capable than ever before. Without breaking the budget, a company manager who needs products inspected can buy a camera, quickly code in commands to recognize an object, bracket the device above a production line, and begin capturing images.

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Imaging Sensor

OmniVision Technologies (Santa Clara, CA) has announced the OV8865, an 8- megapixel CameraChip™ sensor. The sensor features an improved 1.4-micron OmniBSI-2™ pixel.

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Image Analysis Software

CRAIC Technologies (San Dimas, CA) has announced ImageUV™ microscope camera control and image analysis software for Windows™ 8. Windows™ 8 includes features such as native touchscreen control, quick resizing of windows, viewable icons, and access to often used documents and spectra.

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Microscope Stage

A motorized fine focus stage from Santa Barbara Imaging (Santa Barbara, CA) features a stepper motor drive, cross roller stage, integrated motor controller, optical limit switches, and joystick actuator. Stage travel is 50 mm with sub-micron position resolution. Commercial applications include single-use product inspection, semiconductor wafer inspection, fine assembly, and OEM applications.

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Video Kits

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (Mount Olive, NJ), a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, offers new Concealment Video Kits (CTVK). The CTVK all-in-one kit includes a hide with an integrated miniature Concealment COFDM Transmitter (CTxII); a COFDM briefcase Mobile Viewer Receiver; a Nexus 7 Android tablet for transmitter control; battery chargers; and all required cabling. Housed in a portable carrying case, the CTVK uses COFDM digital RF transmission. Each product also comes equipped with eConn Graphical User Interface (GUI) software, which allows users to change frequency plans, modify AES encryption keys, or assign unit names to each transmitter remotely. The eConn GUI connects through a mini USB connector (or Bluetooth® for the CTxII) and enables an administrator to configure up to 16 different frequency plans, with access control to prevent unauthorized changes by the user.

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Ruggedized Camera

Vision Research (Wayne, NJ) has expanded its line of Phantom ® Miro cameras to include a ruggedized body style. The RCUcompatible Phantom Miro R-Series features flexible tools for both qualitative and quantitative analysis. Key specifications include >100G shock; 25Grms random vibration; -20 °C to +50 °C operating temperature; 0 – 50,000ft (15,240 meters) operational altitude; image-based auto-trigger; continuous recording; auto-exposure; multicine acquisition; Gb Ethernet; and rechargeable battery (Sony BP-U30) junction box compatibility.

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Surveillance Camera System

Vumii™ Imaging (Atlanta, GA) has released its Accuracii family of long-range, dualchannel thermal surveillance camera systems. The Accuracii camera systems combine two advanced video channels on an integrated ruggedized 360° pan-tilt positioner. With both long-range and mid-range models, the systems have several thermal options, including three cooled cameras or a continuous zoom uncooled thermal camera, in addition to HD or SD color choices with a range of lens options.

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